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

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.

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.

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.

VTT is developing 3D-printing materials

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound condition in hospital care. However, the first commercial nanocellulose applications will be seen in indoor decoration elements, textiles and the production of mock-ups.

Lenzing Opens New Application Innovation Center in Hong Kong

The Lenzing Group is setting a further milestone in intensifying its cooperation with the partners along the value chain by its opening of a new Application Innovation Center (AIC) in Hong Kong. New applications for Lenzing fibers will be developed and tested at the new facility, among them applications for recent innovations like the Refibra™ branded lyocell fiber and the EcoVero™ branded viscose fiber.

OK biodegradable MARINE certificate for Kelheim’s VILOFT® fibre

Kelheim’s viscose speciality fibre VILOFT® has been granted the OK biodegradable MARINE certificate from the Belgian certification body Vinçotte. The fibres were tested according to International Standards and confirmed they naturally break down completely in marine water.

Andritz starts up production technologies for Metsä Group’s new bioproduct pulp mill in Finland

Andritz has successfully completed start-up of the key production technologies for Metsä Group’s new bioproduct pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3°million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. All Andritz processes were started up successfully according to the agreed schedules.

Lignin can make building materials less toxic, replaces petroleum

A collaborative study by Mojgan Nejad, MSU forestry, proves that lignin, a byproduct of paper and bioethanol production, can completely replace phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation. This research directly impacts housing manufacturing by introducing biobased adhesives made of lignin, a renewable resource, instead of petroleum-based phenol.

Kelheim Fibres scores with Flushable Moist Toilet Tissue

Responsible Care: Kelheim Fibres was pleased to claim the Recognition Award in the Responsible-Care-Competition 2017 of the Bavarian branch of VCI (Association of the Chemical Industry e.V.) for its integrated product policy. The topic of the competition was „The Closed Circle Economy“relating to the areas of environmental protection, product responsibility and dialogue in respect of Responsible Care.

Spinnova partnering with the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer Fibria

Spinnova Ltd has started long term partnership with Fibria, Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests. Through this investment Fibria is Spinnova’s new minor shareholder and board member. The partnership with Fibria will help Spinnova grow its business faster and opens up new business opportunities for both companies.

KaiCell Fibers with Finland’s Prime Minister in China

Following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Finland in May, Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila¨ led a delegation of Finnish officials and business leaders to China during the last week of June. I addition to Mr Xi Jinping, Mr Sipila¨ met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and numerous other representatives of the host nation.

Metsä Group softwood pulp to be used in LG’s loudspeakers

Aqvacomp Oy from Sastamala, Finland, and the electronics giant LG have signed an agreement on the supply of biocomposite for LG’s Soundbar SJ 9 loudspeakers. The biocomposite is produced by combining softwood pulp from Metsä Group with plastic at Aqvacomp’s new production facility, which will be starting up at the Rauma pulp mill in autumn. The construction of the new facility has progressed well.