Norske Skog’s 50th anniversary
From Norway to the world
Norske Skog's origins lie with Nordenfjelske Treforedling AS, founded on 1 March 1962. The first paper machine at Skogn started production in 1966. In 1972, the company changed its name to Norske Skogindustrier AS.
1989 was the year of consolidation in the Norwegian wood processing industry. This was the year when Norske Skog merged with Follum Fabrikker and acquired 50 per cent of the shares in Union. Saugbrugsforeningen was acquired the same year.
The company's European expansion started with construction of Norske Skog Golbey in France in 1990. The mill in Bruck, Austria was taken over in 1996. Norske Skog Steti in the Czech Republic followed suit in 1997 and was later sold in 2007. The Walsum mill in Germany and Parenco in the Netherlands were bought in 2001.
The expansion outside of Europe started in 1998 with acquisition of mills in China, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand, and continued at even greater speed in 2000 with the purchase of Fletcher Challenge Paper, including mills in Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Brazil. The mills in Korea and China were sold respectively in 2008 and 2009. At present, Norske Skog is the world’ s second largest producer of newsprint, and has the broadest geographical coverage, with mills in 11 countries on all continents except Africa.