Kotkamills’ Consumer Board products soon available across Europe

/INS. Kotkamills has formed its European sales network for their upcoming folding boxboard and barrier board products. With 13 sales representatives in over 30 countries, Kotkamills can now offer personal service through local presence all over Europe.

The newly formed sales network consists of 13 sales representatives covering over 30 countries. A local sales network is at the core of Kotkamills’ strategy, as its new consumer board machine is to start production later this summer in Kotka, Finland.

The network allows Kotkamills to be present where the customers are and to provide a local service.

“We have carefully chosen our sales representatives for our main market, where we are entering with our new FBB and barrier boards,” says Pirjo Eteläinen, Director of Kotkamills Consumer Boards.

According to Eteläinen, the key is to offer excellent local service to all customers, especially those who demand a quick and reliable service.

“It is crucial that our sales agents understand our product as well as the needs of our customers. We need to have proficient representatives to be able to communicate our new product range and to serve our customers in the best ways possible. We believe we have succeeded in building the right team.”

Many of the sales representatives are already familiar with Kotkamills’ paper customers. In the UK and Ireland markets, for example, Kotkamills Consumer Boards has now teamed up with Crossleys, with whom Kotkamills has cooperated since 2011.

“We are delighted to have been appointed as the UK and Ireland sales representative for the new Kotkamills Consumer Board products. Their unique technology and local service are definitely greeted with anticipation in the market,” says Jonathan Blundell, Sales Manager at Crossleys.

Kotkamills is investing over 150 million euros to convert its printing paper machine into consumer boards’ production. The new machine, starting production in the end of June, is a first of its kind. It will bring to the market board with dispersion barrier coating applied online with board production. This brings a fully recyclable, renewable and repulpable alternative to PE coated board.

Further information:

Pirjo Eteläinen, Director, Consumer Boards
tel. +358 5 210 1204

About Kotkamills

Kotkamills is a responsible partner that delivers renewable products and performance to its customers’ processes via product innovations created from wood, a renewable raw material. Our key brands include Absorbex® and Imprex®, both innovative laminating paper products for the laminate, plywood and construction industries. Moreover, Kotkamills offers ecological, technically sound and visually attractive wood products for demanding joinery and construction. In summer 2016, Kotkamills will start-up a new cartonboard machine designed to produce folding boxboard and food service boards for consumer markets, including the capability to add barriers on-machine. All Consumer Boards material solutions will be fully recyclable and repulpable.

Kotkamills has two production sites in Finland, located in Kotka and Imatra, and a subsidiary L.P. Pacific Films for Imprex® production in Malaysia. The majority shareholder of Kotkamills is MB Funds, a Finnish private equity firm.

Kotkamills sales representatives:

UK, Ireland
Frank Crossley & Son Ltd
Jonathan Blundell
tel. +44 (0)7803 874 655

Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Optenhögel GmbH
Kai Optenhögel
tel. +49 22 04 7 67 01 10

Balkan countries, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Ukraine
POLO Handels AG
Florian Binder-Krieglstein
tel. +43 1 712 70 90

Baltic countries, Scandinavia
Alphab Paper & Board AB
Anders Lindh
tel. +46 708 424 280

Meeus & co
Frank Boels
tel. +32 478 727 323

Czech Republic and Slovakia
HQ Max s.r.o.
Jarmila Zemanova
tel. +421 903 718 446

PLS International
Guy Mallinson
tel. +33 (0)1 47 55 72 75

Greece & Cyprus
Stark Paper SPE
Stelios Tzedakis
tel. +30 6947704190

Michelangelo Anderlini
tel. +39 48 2212 762

Bjornberg1781 AG
Jacek Materkowski
tel. +48 608 647 648

Polypaper, S.L.
Petr Groh
tel. +34 628 943 872

Polypaper, S.L.
Marc Sabaté
tel. +34 670 720 959


Sergei Gusev
tel. + 372 5765 9354

Tamer Alkan
tel. +90 532 21 85 48


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P.O. Box 62-63
FI-48101 Kotka, Finland
Street address:
Norskankatu 6, 48100 Kotka

Tel. +358 5 210 11
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Kotkamills Oy 

Environmental sustainability increased in significance during the early 1990s. An anaerobic effluent treatment plant started up in 1990.

Energy production was modernised with the advent of a new combined heat and power plant in 1993. The natural-gas-fuelled plant boasts greater efficiency and is more environmentally sound. The power plant also made the mill self-sufficient in terms of electricity.


Stora Enso Kotka Mills become Kotkamills Oy under the new owner OpenGate Capital. A decision was made to invest in a plant for the treatment of recovered fibre. The new production line is expected to be fully operational in 2011.


New Finnish owner from March 2015 onwards, majority owner MB Funds.

Over EUR 100 million investment in converting printing paper machine to produce high-quality  folding boxboard and barrier board, to be completed in summer 2016.