BIOFIBRE NEWS

Pure industrial chemicals by gasifying lignocellulosic biomass

VTT has demonstrated that lignocellulosic biomass can be successfully converted into pure BTX chemicals: benzene, toluene and xylene. The aim of this research is to enable the use of wood-based chemicals to replace crude oil in, for example, plastics, fuels, medicine and paints. Demand has grown rapidly for chemicals generated from renewable sources, creating a need for alternative, environmentally friendly production routes. Particularly sought-after chemicals include pure aromatics, such as the BTX chemicals benzene, toluene and xylene.
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First Croatian Bioplastics Plant Announces ISO 9001 and ISO 50001 Certification

EcoCortec®, the most advanced manufacturer of bioplastic materials in Europe, has successfully finalized ISO 9001 and ISO 50001 certification audit. After several months of preparations and finalization tasks, the plant is now in the process of certification. These certificates will enable optimizing EcoCortec®'s operations and enhance the plant's competitiveness even more to access global markets. Quality management system will ensure that the plant's operations are running at maximum efficiency, safety and quality.
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SUSTAINABILITY NEWS

Wood pellet exports from the US increased for the 12th consecutive quarter

North American pellet exports were 22 percent higher in 2014 than in the previous year. While US shipments have been on a steady rise for three years, Canadian export volumes trended downward during 2014.
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Global Forest and Paper Industry CEOs Discuss Future

The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) seventh biennial International CEO Roundtable took place in Washington, D.C. More than 20 forest and paper industry CEOs and association leaders from around the world met to discuss industry innovation and opportunities for the future.
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BIOENERGY NEWS

Valmet to deliver a biomass based boiler plant to Nokianvirran Energia

Valmet's delivery will include a HYBEX boiler with a steam power of 68 megawatts (MW) that employs the fluidized bed technology, flue gas purification equipment, and the plant's electrification and automation system.
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Guests of honor at UPM’s biorefinery in Lappeenranta

H.M. King Carl Gustaf XVI and H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden visited UPM’s new biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland, together with the President of the Republic, Sauli Niinistö, and his spouse, Mrs. Jenni Haukio, this afternoon. UPM's Chairman of the Board Björn Wahlroos and President and CEO Jussi Pesonen hosted the visit. The visit at UPM was a part of the state visit programme of the Swedish royal couple in Finland.
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