SCA (company)

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Svenska Cellulosa AB
TypePublicly traded Aktiebolag
Nasdaq StockholmSCA A,SCA B
ISINSE0000171886 [1]
SE0000112724 [2]
IndustryForestry, paper
FoundedNovember 27, 1929; 91 years ago (1929-11-27)[3]
HeadquartersSundsvall, Sweden
Key people
Pär Boman (Chairman), Ulf Larsson (President and CEO)
ProductsPublication paper
Sawn wood products
Wood pulp
RevenueSEK 18,755 million (end 2018)[4]
SEK 4,002 million (end 2018)[4]
SEK 3,659 million (end 2018)
Total assetsSEK 60,549 million (end 2018)[4]
Total equitySEK 39,062 million (end 2018)[4]
Number of employees
4,216 (end 2018)[5]

Svenska Cellulosa AB (SCA, English: Swedish Cellulose Company) is a Swedish timber, pulp and paper manufacturer with headquarters in Sundsvall.[6] It has approximately 4,000 employees and a turnover of approximately SEK 15.4 billion (€1.6 billion). Its main products include many one-use paper products, publication papers, solid-wood products, pulp and forest-based biofuel. SCA is Europe's largest private owner of forest land, with 2.6 million hectares, the size of North Macedonia. The global hygiene product company Essity was part of SCA until 2017. Recently, SCA has been caught in the crossfire as Greenpeace exposed its role in "wiping away"[7] the Great Northern Forest and thereby its contribution to Global warming.


SCA was founded by Ivar Kreuger on November 27, 1929[3] as a holding company for ten Swedish forest industry companies. Following Kreuger's bankruptcy in 1932, the company came to be controlled by the bank Handelsbanken, who along with associated funds and companies continue to control SCA. Axel Gustaf Torbjörn Enström was the managing director from 1950 to 1960 and chairman of the board from 1960 to 1965.[8]

In 1975 SCA acquired Mölnlycke, a leading western European producer of disposable hygiene products, and in 1990 SCA acquired transport packaging company Reedpack. In 1995 the Germany-based paper and packaging company PWA was acquired. In 2001 the division Wisconsin Tissue of the United States company Georgia-Pacific Tissue was acquired. In 2004 SCA acquired the tissue and hygiene products businesses of Carter Holt Harvey from International Paper.

In 2007, SCA bought the European business of Procter & Gamble, significantly expanding its hygiene product business. In 2008 SCA increases ownership in Chinese tissue company Vinda. In 2012 SCA divested its packaging operations – excluding the two kraftliner mills in Sweden – to DS Smith.

In August 2015 it was announced that SCA was to invest in increased capacity for mass production at the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå, Sweden. The annual production capacity of bleached sulphate pulp was to increase from approximately 430 000 tonnes to 900 000 tonnes. The investment amounted to approximately SEK 7.8 billion (€815m) and was expected to be one of the largest industrial investment in the history of Norrland.[9]

In August 2015 it was announced that SCA's hygiene operations and forest operations were to be divided into two different divisions. A year later, August 24, 2016, the company announced that it intended to split SCA into two separately listed companies. In 2017 the company Essity was formed and was introduced on the Stock Exchange in Stockholm.

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Several complaints have been filed against SCA because of its repeated practice of clearcutting,[16] where large areas of forests are cut down uniformly, which in temperate and boreal climates leads to the release of large amounts of carbon stored in the soil due to its increased exposure to sunlight. As minutely documented by Greenpeace, SCA "clearcuts some of Sweden's last remaining old-growth forests, wiping away habitats of threatened species and endangering the livelihood of indigenous communities".[17]

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  3. ^ a b This is SCA: Our history SCA. Retrieved on April 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Annual Report 2016". Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2016". Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Addresses Archived 2011-05-25 at" (Search "Headquarters" and "Sweden"). Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget. Retrieved on November 15, 2013. "Headquarters SVENSKA CELLULOSA AKTIEBOLAGET SCA (publ) SE -851 88 SUNDSVALL Sweden Skepparplatsen 1"
  7. ^ "How Europe's Tissue Giant is Wiping Away the Boreal" (PDF). September 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA)". Hoovers. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-13. That year Axel Enstrom became the president of SCA and began to consolidate the operations of its subsidiaries, creating a single forest company by 1954.
  9. ^ Paper, EUWID Pulp and. "SCA to split the group in two divisions and invest in NBSK pulp capacity at Östrand mill - EUWID Pulp and Paper". Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Containerboard - Made from Kraftliner paper". SCA. 2011-02-25. Archived from the original on 2014-02-10. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  11. ^ [1] Archived January 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Pulp - SCA produces softwood sulphate pulp". SCA. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  13. ^ "Solid-wood products - House building, home furnishing and more". SCA. 2013-10-06. Archived from the original on 2014-02-19. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  14. ^ "Forest-based biofuel, peat, pellets & wind power". SCA. 2013-11-18. Archived from the original on 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  15. ^ "Forests - Forest products & forest management at SCA". 2013-10-06. Archived from the original on 2007-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  17. ^ Glienicke, Angela (28 September 2017). "In pictures: the Great Northern Forest – beauty and destruction". Greenpeace UK. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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