As an industrial site, Östrand traces its origins back to 1868 when a sawmill was built on the site. In conjunction with the formation of SCA - Svenska Cellulosa Akitebolaget - and with the forests of Norrland and the opportunities they offered in mind, financier Ivar Kreuger decided in 1929 to construct a kraft pulp mill at Östrand. At the time, it was Europe’s largest kraft pulp mill. SCA’s history dates back to a number of 17th century companies, when water-driven saws revolutionized the productivity.

2014 - 2018

In September 2014 the pre-project Helios was formed. After a year of intense pre-planning, SCA Östrand got the permission to expand production to 900 000 tonnes. In less than three years the start up of a new plant with double the capacity will take place in 2018 Q2.

2012

Formation of the joint maintenance department Östrand, Ortviken and Tunadal.

2011

Start of the new white liquor filter. Conversion of wood pellets to powder used as fuel for lime kilns and the bio fuel steam boiler. New lime kilns were commissioned in November 2011.

2007

SCA Forest Products formed a jointly owned company with the Norwegian Statkraft for a major investment in wind power in northern Sweden. The plans involve production of 2,800 GWh of wind power electricity per year in seven wind farms.

2006

On October 9, the new recovery boiler was placed in operation and shortly thereafter the steam turbine.

2004

Östrand's new wastewater-treatment plant placed in full operation. The decision was taken to build a new soda recovery boiler and a new steam turbine, an investment of SEK 1.6 billion.

2003

Östrand's new dock starts receiving vessels.

2002

Östrand's hardwood pulp epoch comes to an end after 56 years. Production is totally concentrated on softwood kraft pulp.

2001

Following the extensive reconstruction of the boiler, Östrand gains more capacity for burning bio fuel, which reduces the need for oil by 80 percent.

2000

Östrand received FSC, Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification.

1996

SCA launches Libresse with Östrand's airlaid as absorption core.

1995

Östrand acquires a new, virtually closed-loop bleach plant that bleaches pulp completely without chlorine chemicals.

1992

Östrand starts producing airlaid, a product with extremely good absorption qualities that is used in sanitary towels, among other products.

1991

A new drying machine, to replace four old ones, starts operations.

1983

Chlorine-alkaline plant shuts down.

1982

Östrand's CTMP plant starts operation.

1979

SCA makes a decision on the Ö80 project, which implies a total technical renewal of Östrand with new bark and chip handling, new fibre line and new chemical recycling and recovery boiler as well as bleach plant upgrades.

1961

A new bleach plant for the entire mill started up.

1946

Östrand begins manufacturing birch kraft pulp.

1945

Bleaching of kraft pulp is installed in one of the four production lines. A chlorine-alkaline plant is erected so Östrand can produce its own bleaching chemicals.

1936

The kraft pulp mill is expanded and capacity rose to 140,000 tons per year, thereby making Östrand Europe's largest kraft pulp mill.

1932

The first pulp production is carried out.

1929

Financier Ivar Kreuger decided to build a kraft pulp mill at Östrand immediately after forming SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget).

1868

Östrand's industrial operations start following the construction of a sawmill on the site. The sawmill burns down 1913.