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Stora Enso sponsors the Nordic World Ski Championships

05 February 2015
Press Release

​From 18th February to 1st March, the 50th Nordic World Ski Championships will be held in Falun, Sweden. This year, the organisational planning of the winter sports highlight will take place in a building built by Stora Enso. The environmentally friendly, two-storey building is a striking example of the versatile uses of Stora Enso products. The building was constructed using high-quality CLT building material (Cross Laminated Timber). Other Stora Enso products were used, e.g. components for windows and doors as well as ThermoWood for the exterior cladding and Effex for the flooring.


"We see the World Ski Championships as a very positive event for the sports world and for the issue of sustainability. With 200,000 visitors on the ground and 500 million television viewers, these World Championships are a good opportunity to present Stora Enso as a global innovator in the production of paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging to our business partners and the general public", says Herbert Jöbstl, Senior Vice President of Stora Enso Wood Products Central Europe.


Austrian expertise for the Nordic World Ski Championships

Stora Enso – the name represents a long tradition as one of the world's largest corporations for paper, biomaterials, wood and packaging. The construction of the World Championships building will be an example of sustainability at the World Championships. Austria also plays an important role because the CLT building material comes from the Stora Enso sawmills in Ybbs an der Donau and Bad St. Leonhard. "Here, CLT is proving to be a true all-rounder: The building material stands for quick and clean construction. The high degree of prefabrication shortens the construction time, reduces dust and noise load and also saves costs", says Herbert Jöbstl.

In addition to the generous amount of space in the World Championships building, there is another important advantage: The healthy climate in timber buildings has a proven positive impact on human well-being. Physically, the relaxing effect of timber is reflected in a consistently lower heart rate – a pleasant side effect during the gruelling World Championships. CLT also provides a good ecological balance because timber is a renewable resource that stores CO2 long-term. The CLT timber from Stora Enso comes from certified sources. Building security was also an important criterion for the World Championships complex and is fully satisfied when building with CLT modules. CLT has excellent fire protection properties and is distinguished by a particularly high resistance to earthquakes.

As well as providing construction expertise, Stora Enso is also sponsoring the Nordic World Ski Championships. On 21st February, the Stora Enso logo will be visible in two competitions – the men's and women's skiathlon. The logo will appear on both the bibs and the banners along the race course. Stora Enso effectively helps to reduce CO2 emissions by 460 tonnes during the World Championships by providing heat through the nearby Kvarnsveden paper mill. Kvarnsveden already heats around 15,000 households every year. In addition, Stora Enso will provide 250,000 paper cups and 500 rubbish bins during the World Championships, in order to highlight the issue of recycling.