History of Kemi Oy

Kemi Oy 75 years

The lumber industry of Kemi Oy since the 1980's

During the end of the 1980's, there was significant concentration in the Finnish lumber industry. As part of this development the main stakeholders of Kemi Oy announced, that due to the concentration taking place in the lumber industry, the company will be merged with Osuuskunta Metsäliitto, Metsä-Serla Oy and Yhtyneet Paperitehtaat Oy. The resulting company will be the Oy Metsä-Botnia AB. Kemi Oy had activity in the fields of mechanical and chemical wood processing.

The sawmill activity had been a part of the original operations of the merged company. The Kemihaara sawmill continued its activities under the name of the Oy Botnia Wood Ab which was a part of the corporation. Later the name of the company has changed several times.

In the year 1995 Botnia Wood was merged into the Metsä Timber Oy, in the year 2000 Metsä Timber was further merged into the Finnforest Oyj. In the year 2006 Finnforest was further merged into Metsäliitto and was named Metsäliiton Puutuoteteollisuus, which in the year 2012 finally became Metsä Wood Oy. The sawmill activity was halted in Karihaara in the summer of 2009 and finally officially shut down in August of 2014.

Cellulose and paperboard industry has functioned under the name Metsä-Botnia since the merger. The paperboard business was separated into its own company, the Kemiart Liners Oy in 2002. In the year 2012 Metsä-Botnia became Metsä Fibre along the harmonisation of the corporate brand. In the same instance Kemiart Liners Oy became a part of the Metsä Board Oyj.

Today there are about 650 employees in the Metsä Fibre cellulose factory at Kemi and about 145 employees in the Metsä Board (formerly M-Real) paperboard factory.



1893 Trävaruaktiebolaget Kemi founded 
1919 Sulphite pulp mill comes on stream 
1927 Sulphate pulp mill comes on stream 
1980–1990 Comprehensive rebuilding project 
1990 New pulp line 
1991 Kemi Oy merges with Metsä-Botnia 
2002 Board mill operations separated and Kemiart Liners Oy founded 
2003 New evaporation plant 
2010 Reinvestment in causticising