Resolute Forest Products won the first RISI Safety Award sponsored by Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre


Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, were sole sponsors of a new RISI PPI Safety Leadership Awards category. We are happy to announce that the winner was Resolute Forest Products.

“We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner. Resolute has done good work in safety, and inspire us all to develop our processes within safety audits and risk management”, says Rune Årnes Vice President, Health & Safety. “We hope RISI Safety Award will encourage companies to share their knowledge and best practices in safety thus improve the safety of the whole industry sector.”

The target for the safety award is to recognize a pulp or paper production plant for their consistent management and meritorious commitment to occupational safety, long term performance and to encourage their continuous improvement in safety.

“We see that safety has no boundaries and therefore we want to boost the collaboration with all stakeholders to promote work safety not just in our own mills but throughout the pulp and paper industry and the whole value chain. Sharing best practices, safety findings and improvement ideas helps us all to continuously improve our safety performance”, says Ari Tanninen, Vice President, Joutseno Mill, Metsä Fibre.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö and Metsä Fibre would also like to thank RISI for arranging the annual awards and their support in developing the new Safety category.

Safety is our mindset and everyone’s right

At Ahlstrom-Munksjö, we strongly believe zero accident is possible. We have set ambitious targets for continuous improvement, developing consistent safety practices and competencies. We focus on preventative activities, behavior-based safety interactions, safety inspections and auditing, and tailored safety training to ensure a safe working environment. Safety is our mindset.

At Metsä Fibre, a safe workplace is everyone's right. It is our duty to take care of our own safety and the safety of our co-workers. By working safely, we are realizing our mission of being the most professional and skilled player in the pulp business and the most efficient company in the industry. We concentrate on preventive and well planned safety work. We also want to be the preferred supplier of premium bioproducts and services that support our customer’ business operations.

More information:

Rune Årnes, Vice President, Health&Safety, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, tel. +47 979 73 935, e-mail:

Ari Tanninen, Vice President, Joutseno Mill, Metsä Fibre, tel. +358 40 554 2604, e-mail:

Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fiber-based materials, supplying innovative and sustainable solutions to its customers. Our mission is to expand the role of fiber-based solutions for sustainable every day life. Our offering include filter materials, release liners, food and beverage processing materials, decor papers, abrasive and tape backings, electrotechnical paper, glass fiber materials, medical fiber materials and solutions for diagnostics as well as a range of specialty papers for industrial and consumer end-uses. Our annual net sales is about EUR 3 billion and we employ some 8,000 people. The Ahlstrom-Munksjö share is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki and Stockholm.

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, bioenergy and sawn timber. The company’s brand in the pulp business is Botnia, and in sawn timber, it is Nordic Timber. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Currently employing approximately 1,200 people, the company’s sales in 2018 totalled EUR 2.5 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.


RISI, the leading information provider to the global pulp and paper industry held its annual PPI Awards celebration on March 12, 2019. The PPI Awards have been a huge success in celebrating excellence in the global pulp and paper industry for the last nine years. And each and every year - without fail - has seen the quantity and quality of entries coming in from all corners of the globe rise and rise, and now the PPI Awards Dinner is the finest event on the pulp and paper industry calendar. The PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. It provides a platform that honors a multitude of different categories celebrating leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the industry.