Finnish metal recycler Kuusakoski is investing EUR 25 million in a major new production line at its plant in Heinola. The upgrade will help meet growing demand for recycled raw materials.
Kuusakoski is the only aluminium recycler in Finland and expects secondary production to exceed virgin production during this decade. The recycler is hoping to contribute towards a more circular supply by expanding its operations. In 2022, the company supplied its customers with aluminium equivalent to the metal needed for 2 000 new passenger aircraft.
When the project is completed, Kuusakoski’s total non-ferrous metal processing capacity will increase by 50%. The investment will enable it to provide larger volumes of high purity recycled raw materials to the manufacturing industry.
‘We have been engaged in a determined and extensive development effort focused on metal separation and waste fractions for several years,’ says ceo Mikko Kuusilehto. ‘Now we have finally reached the implementation phase.’
Nordic companies are investing heavily in the green transition, the entrepreneur adds. ‘Today, all discussions with our customers relate in one way or another to opportunities to build a more sustainable value chain using recycled raw materials.’