Metsä Group’s UK-based 240,000tpy tissue paper project will be “the largest of its kind in the UK”, according to the company

Finland’s Metsä Group has begun a three-week public consultation regarding its plans to build a multi-million-pound landmark tissue plant in Goole, UK.

The 240,000tpy tissue paper project in East Yorkshire was announced in 2023, and according to the company it will be “the largest of its kind in the UK” once up and running, and use fresh wood fibres grown in Nordic forests.

Subject to planning and environmental permits, Metsä said the new mill would increase the UK’s self-sufficiency by more than 30% in the production of tissue products and create 400+ jobs at the facility as well as thousands more across the supply chain and the local economy.

Metsä Tissue has said its target is for all products to be manufactured from fully fossil-fuel-free raw materials by 2030, as the company aims to achieve a net zero society.

It added that the Goole facility will use cutting-edge sustainable production technologies to deliver an efficient and modern facility with world-class environmental performance.

Alan Jeffery, Metsä Tissue’s Technical Director, said: “From the outset, we have been keen to maintain an open dialogue with residents and we welcome their feedback.”