Metsä Tissue’s Mariestad site will house a state-of-the-art warehouse logistics system

Metsä Tissue is investing in a fully automated E80 Group-supplied high-bay warehouse with state-of-the art in-house logistical solutions at its tissue paper mill in Mariestad.

The company said the investment in fully automated logistics processes will improve the inventory turnover and efficiency, reduce errors, and shorten delivery times to customers.

Construction work on the new warehouse is expected to start at the end of 2023 and will be put into operation in the summer of 2025.

Esa Paavolainen, Vice President, Projects, Metsä Tissue, said: “We are talking about a state-of-the-art warehouse logistics system.

“For instance, the automated intralogistics solutions with laser guided vehicles provide flexibility in our finished goods and raw material handling and ease the in- and outbound logistics within the warehouse.

“The reduced forklift traffic also improves safety at the mill.”

Enrico Grassi, President, E80 Group, added: “This order represents for us one of the biggest greenfield projects developed worldwide.

“We share a unique goal with the Metsä Tissue team, to provide a solution that would be beneficial for the environment and the people, not only for the business.

“Thanks to our SM.I.LE80 software platform – which coordinates, supervises and manages all intralogistics operations, guaranteeing optimized flows – and laser-guided vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries, we are committed to ensuring the highest level of safety for the overall sustainability of the project.”

The investment is part of Metsä Tissue’s recently announced modernisation and expansion Future Mill programme for the Mariestad mill, which will see a total investment of €370m.