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.
Formation of the joint maintenance department Östrand, Ortviken and Tunadal.
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.
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.
On October 9, the new recovery boiler was placed in operation and shortly thereafter the steam turbine.
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.
Östrand's new dock starts receiving vessels.
Östrand's hardwood pulp epoch comes to an end after 56 years. Production is totally concentrated on softwood kraft pulp.
Following the extensive reconstruction of the boiler, Östrand gains more capacity for burning bio fuel, which reduces the need for oil by 80 percent.
Östrand received FSC, Forest Stewardship Council chain-of-custody certification.
SCA launches Libresse with Östrand's airlaid as absorption core.
Östrand acquires a new, virtually closed-loop bleach plant that bleaches pulp completely without chlorine chemicals.
Östrand starts producing airlaid, a product with extremely good absorption qualities that is used in sanitary towels, among other products.
A new drying machine, to replace four old ones, starts operations.
Chlorine-alkaline plant shuts down.
Östrand's CTMP plant starts operation.
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.
A new bleach plant for the entire mill started up.
Östrand begins manufacturing birch kraft pulp.
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.
The kraft pulp mill is expanded and capacity rose to 140,000 tons per year, thereby making Östrand Europe's largest kraft pulp mill.
The first pulp production is carried out.
Financier Ivar Kreuger decided to build a kraft pulp mill at Östrand immediately after forming SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget).
Östrand's industrial operations start following the construction of a sawmill on the site. The sawmill burns down 1913.