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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.