BIOFIBRE NEWS

04/10/2018

Kelheim Fibres celebrates 4,000,000 tonnes of Viscose Fibres

The “jubilee tonne“ was produced on line 2 and is a Galaxy® fibre – an appropriate coincidence according to production manager Konrad Brunner: “This speciality fibre is made for the tampon industry, one of the most important pillars of our business. This fibre combines our strengths: unique and patented fibre properties meet production conditions that fulfil the strict hygiene requirements of this sensitive final product. It’s not by chance that we have established a world-leading position in this area.”
more
03/28/2018

New way of producing useful compounds from birch for the cosmetics industry

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has used plant cell culture technology to develop new types of ingredients for the cosmetics industry. Cell cultures, which originated from birch leaves and seeds, produce pigments, as well as compounds that help to preserve products and inhibit the growth of harmful microbes. Cell culture technology is a natural and environmentally friendly production method.
more
03/07/2018

Cellulose replaces plastic in future packaging materials

RISE PFI, Mid Sweden University and MoRe Research are the main actors of the newly launched Interreg project PlastiCel. The project aims to develop nanocellulose and cellulose composites with barrier and insulation properties.
more
03/07/2018

Kelheim Fibres Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

The Bavarian Viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The products DANUFIL®, GALAXY® and VILOFT® are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights their biobased origin.
more
02/21/2018

56 New Members at BIC’s General Assembly

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) General Assembly came together to discuss the future of the bioeconomy. The event also saw BIC welcome 21* new industry Members, 35 new Associate Members and elect 8 new members to the BIC Board (see annex). Mat Quaedvlieg from SAPPI continues as Chair of the BIC Board during the next year.
more
02/21/2018

Scientists upgrading production of cellulose-based electrical insulation compone

Cellulose is a common raw material in electrical insulation components. However, the production of high quality products is labour-intensive and slow. Scientists are solving these problems by developing new processing solutions in the EU-funded NOVUM project. Significant improvements will also be made in intensifying resource efficiency and reducing energy consumption and operation costs.
more
02/14/2018

Stora Enso launches bio-based lignin as renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials

The launch of LineoTM by Stora Enso is another important step on the way to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. Lineo is available to companies seeking more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.
more
01/31/2018

FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Announce Investment in Pilot Project in Ontario to Produce Bio-Chemicals Derived from Wood

FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced a significant investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood, contributing to the development of a bio-economy in Northern Ontario, as well as elsewhere in Canada.
more
01/17/2018

Alternatives to toxic phenol compounds used in glues are being developed from softwood tannins

Finnish softwood bark contains large amounts of water-soluble tannin-polyphenols, which can be used as renewable alternatives to the fossil and toxic phenol compounds widely used in glues. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk) are developing an industrial production method for a polyphenol extraction process as part of the SusBinders project.
more
01/15/2018

Using Big Data for sustainable agriculture, forestry and fishery

As part of an international consortium, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing new solutions for the responsible and sustainable use of the resources of agriculture, forestry and fishery. The main goal is to use Big Data particularly in the raw material production for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials. In forestry, MHG Systems leads pilots that develop services enabled by forest data.
more
12/19/2017

BIC Launches New Report to Help Bioeconomy Projects Access Finance

The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) has released a new overview of financial instruments available to support European bioeconomy development. ‘Access to EU financial instruments suitable for the implementation of large bio-based industry investments’ outlines a range of funding opportunities and explores the synergies between different instruments for co-financing bio-based projects.
more
12/18/2017

Disinfectant Wipes with Viscose: Kelheim Fibres sets Quats free

With the newly developed viscose fibre speciality Danufil® QR, Kelheim Fibres has mastered a challenge in the area of disinfection wipes. So far, the use of viscose fibres in these antiseptic wipes has posed a significant problem in spite of their excellent fluid handling properties: the fibres bind certain disinfectant substances which severely interferes with the wipes‘ function.
more
12/06/2017

Award to Circular textile paper project

Archana Ashok was awarded the Bo Rydin Foundation for Scientific Research grant for Best Master’s Thesis Project 2017. Her project “Textile paper as a circular material” was carried out within the transdisciplinary TechMark Arena master students’ academy at RISE Bioeconomy division.
more
11/15/2017

Biocomposites Exhibition in Cologne, Germany December 6- 7

European biocomposite production reached 410,000 tonnes in 2017. Yearly growth rate is 3% – highest growth rate of 30% found in innovative fields ranging from technical applications over furniture up to consumer goods
more
11/01/2017

VTT to develop new enzymes for biorefineries

Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes. An EU and nationally funded project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, called IndZyme, is looking to study whether they are capable of breaking down agricultural waste better than commercial enzymes.
more
10/30/2017

VTT’s EUR 3 million investment accelerates the development of new kinds of fibre products

Cellulose and other fibres are future materials that can replace many plastic and mineral-based materials in the industrial sector. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has extended its research environment in Jyväskylä by introducing another pilot line to promote the development of porous materials, insulation products and nonwovens made from fibres by means of foam technology.
more
10/19/2017

New textile fibres research from forest materials

The strategic innovation programme ”BioInnovation” has been granted its first strategic innovation project ,”Establish locally grown textiles in Sweden”, which will be project managed by Pernilla Walkenström at Swerea IVF. The project has a total budget of SEK 45,4 million. Companies, research institutes and universities are involved in the project, and during three years they will work together to create a sustainable production of new textile fibres from forest raw materials or recycled biobased textiles.
more