Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and Prisma Renewable Composites Collaborate utilise lignin-based material in automotive interiors

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) and Prisma Renewable Composites announced that the companies have signed an agreement that gives YFAI exclusive use of Prisma's lignin-based material to develop automotive interiors. Prisma's  BioLAN is based on lignin and it is a sustainable ...
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CH-Bioforce receives over €2 million grant from EU’s horizon 2020

European Union’s Horizon 2020 SME programme has granted significant funding to CH-Bioforce for further development of the company's sulphur-free biomass fractionation technology. The project has been allocated a total budget of over €3 million and will run from March 2019 to February 2021 ...
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Attis Industries partners with Iowa State University to research lignin-based carbon fiber

Attis Industries has partnered with Iowa State University to develop carbon fibers from its melt-flowable lignin. The funded research program will focus on laboratory and pilot testing of Attis's lignin aiming to meet the industry standard carbon fiber requirements in ...
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Research from FFPRI shows that lignin lightens the load in thermoset composites

A research consortium in Japan, headed by  Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI) is developing lignin based applications; hybrid films, flexible electronic devices, gasket materials and carbon fiber. Miyagi Kasei Co, a consortium member has teamed up with Mitsuoka Motor ...
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Fortum’s development project aims for global bioproduct markets

Fortum is launching a significant development project, aiming to produce high-value added products from agriculture residues and woody biomass. The 2-year project is supported by Business Finland fro 14.4 million-euros. During this time span, Fortum and its partners will conduct ...
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ORNL researchers create 3D printing material from lignin

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, have developed a 3D printing material based on lignin which is a renewable feedstock. Researchers at ORNL combined a a melt-stable hardwood lignin with low-melting nylon and carbon fiber. Combining the lignin with nylon ...
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Domtar invests in Prisma Renewable Composites: Step forward in lignin development

Domtar recently made an investment in Prisma Renewable Composites as a step forward in lignin development and commercializing lignin-based applications. Prisma Renewable Composites produces advanced materials from lignin and other natural resources.With this investment Domtar aims to help commercialize lignin-based ...
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LignoValue Pilot project by VITO and partners is launched

Biorizon co-initiator VITO and partners have recently launched the EFRO LignoValue Pilot project for the production of bio-aromatics from lignin/wood. The € 4.3 million project is expected to be functioning by Q1 2021. The LignoValue Pilot with capacity of ± 200 ...
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Rottneros to build new lignin plant for biofuels at its pulp mill in Vallvik, Sweden

Preem, RenFuel and Rottneros are in collaboration assessing the construction of one of it's kind lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn. The plant is expected to be completed in 2021, producing 25,000-30,000 tonnes of lignin ...
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MetGen joins integrated biorefinery flagship project with four novel enzymatic technologies

MetGen, industrial enzyme solution provider, announced their participation to  partially publicly funded EU Flagship project SWEETWOODS. SWEETWOODS is a 43-million-euro joint pilot project and it has recently been granted 21 million euros in funding from EU's Horizon 2020 programme’s Bio-Based Industries ...
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Sweetwater and Graanul announce first commercial biorefinery for cellulosic sugars and lignin

Sweetwater Energy and AS Graanul Invest will build a commercial scale biorefinery that will produce clean cellulosic sugars and highly pure lignin from 50,000 tons of local hardwood each year. The plant will utilise Sweetwater's Sunburst pretreatment technology which uses ...
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Lignin-based graphene from Domtar and USDA

Domtar's Biomaterials team in collaboration with United States Department of Agriculture's Forest Products Laboratory have developed a way to produce graphene from lignin. Graphene, made up of a single layer of graphite, is remarkably strong and light. A sheet of ...
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Domtar introduces lignin pellets in collaboration with National Research Council Canada (NRC)

Domtar's research team developed lignin pellets and lignin-polymer compound pellets in collaboration with National Research Council Canada (CNC). They have recently installed a demonstration plant in Ontorio to further develop lignin pellets as a bioalternative to plastic and chemicals as ...
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BC Innovation Council awards innovation grant for lignin-based filaments

British Columbia's BC Innovation Council has awarded $300,000 for the development of lignin-based filaments through their fourth Ignite Awards. The grant went to Darrel Fry from Advanced BioCarbon 3D and Jason Taylor from Selkirk College. They will be developing biodegradable 3D ...
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Researchers develop lignin-based binder for primer formulations

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM in Bremen have developed lignin-based binder to be used in paint primer formulations. So far, the focus has been producing lignin monomeric starting materials that has the same ...
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Hardwood and sulfur-free pulping process at Domtar’s Kingsport Mill

Domtar has been operating a commercial-scale lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill and the  mill produces BioChoice lignin which can used in variety of applications such as adhesives, dispersants and fuel additives. Domtar has now been exploring ...
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Stora Enso launches Lineo, lignin product to replace fossil-based materials

Stora Enso has launched Lineo, a lignin product,  as renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials. They have been producing kraft lignin at industrial scale at their Sunila pulp mill in Finland since 2015 with 50 000 tonnes per year capacity ...
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Resolute Forest Products plant to be home to new thermo-mechanical-pulp bio-refinery

Resolute Forest Products plant in Thunder Bay together with FP Innovations is going to be home to a $21-million project to extract bio-chemicals from wood that could potentially replace petroleum-based chemicals found in everyday products such as plastics and insulation. The ...
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Attis receives $3 million grant from USDA for their lignin technology

Meridian Waste Solutions Inc., recently announced the award of  $3 million grant from USDA to support the commercialization of  patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Attis Innovations Inc, Meridian's subsidiary. Attis' AST-Organosolv process uses the technology developed ...
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RISE announces breakthrough for lignin-based biofuels

The Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) reports that through BioLi2.0 project they have successfully extracted and upgraded lignin into a product that can be mixed with current fossil based fuels. The team managed to mix lignin up to 30 percent with ...
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Sweetwater Energy presents lignin-based activated carbon to market

Sweetwater Energy has created a biomass conversion technology, producing pure form of lignin that works as a raw material for high-quality activated carbons. This native-lignin can be carbonized and activated to produce high-end powdered activated carbons for municipal potable water ...
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UPM Biochemicals evaluates the potential of building a biorefinery in Germany

UPM Biochemicals moves forward with biochemicals business by evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst in Germany. The new biorefinery would combine novel technologies with wood coming from sustainably managed forests in Central Europe. UPM ...
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Borregaard and Borg Havn are set to build new lignin warehouse in Norway

Borregaard and Borg Havn will be building a modern, sustainable lignin warehouse in Øra, Norway. The press release states that, according to pre-project studies, the warehouse will be 17,000 square meters in size. The new centralized warehouse will make the logistics more ...
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FPInnovations successfully substitutes up to 20% commercial PF resin with LignoForce kraft lignin

FPInnovations, who developed LignoForce SystemTM that facilitates recovery of lignin from biomass and biomass processing operations, has been successful in replacing commercial PF resin up to 20% with lignin extracted from black liquor. This achievement is expected to catalyze market ...
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Hexion completes expansion of R&D facility in Edmonton, Alberta in partnership with Alberta Innovates

Hexion Inc. completed the expansion of the R&D center at it's forest products complex in Edmonton, Alberta. The R&D center will be focusing on the development of next generation resin chemistry for panel production which complements company's existing EcoBind™ resin technology ...
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Lignin Ecosystem Joint Workshop-CEFIC/Pöyry

We are pleased to announce our joint workshop with CEFIC (The European Chemical Industry Council) on Lignin Ecosystem. In the event, we will have presentations from our Lignin Club members and panel discussions on overcoming the barriers of lignin commercialization ...
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Spinning PAN and lignin together to produce carbon fiber for cars,planes

Researchers in Washington State University, led by Birgitte Ahring, Ph.D., has reported that they have produced an automobile-grade carbon fiber containing 20 to 30 percent lignin. Currently carbon fiber found in cars and planes are made from polyarylonitrile (PAN), an expensive and nonrenewable ...
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Sweetwater Energy licences MetGen’s groundbreaking lignin fraction technology

Sweetwater Energy,Inc., a renewable bio-products producer based in Rochester NY, has signed a licensing and joint technology development agreement with the Finnish company MetGen Oy.  The collaboration is expected to open doors in developing high value lignin-based products ranging from ...
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Replacing 100% phenol with lignin in phenolic adhesive formulations

A joint research by Mojgan Nejad from Michigan State University, proves that phenol in phenolic adhesive formulation can be fully replaced by lignin. Up till Nejad's research only up to 50 percent partial replacement with lignin was possible. Nejad's research ...
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Enerlab receives $1.34 million funding from Canada’s Industry Transformation Program (IFIT)

Enerlab, an insulation manufacturer based in St-Mathieu de Beloeil, Que, has received federal funding for it's lignin project aiming to replace petroleum based raw materials. Enerlab plans to produce insulating and structural panels with lignin coming from pulp and paper processes ...
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Federal Government Announces Support to Canadian Forest Sector

On June 01,2017 Federal Government announced support for Canadian forest sector including market and product diversification and forestry-based indigenous communities. FPInnovations, a non profit R&D institute that supports Canadian forest sector, previously received funding by the Federal Government for innovative ...
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Lignin-polyester copolymers and nanofibers for healthcare applications

A recent article published in  the journal of American Chemical Society presents synthesis of new lignin based copolymers, lignin-PCLLA. Stated copolymers were blended with polyesters and converted into ultrafine nanofibers which could improve the mechanical properties of nanofibers. Good antioxidant activity ...
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Breakthrough in lignin based carbon fibres

Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife have succeeded in making good quality carbon fibres from lignin. Carbon fibres are not a new application for lignin research, but the challenge has been to produce adequate quality carbon fibres for demanding end-use applications ...
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Montisera was awarded the Most Promising Growth Company of the Finnish Bioeconomy

Montisera, one of our Lignin Club members, was awarded the Most Promising Growth Company of the Finnish Bioeconomy at Kasvu Open 2017. Kasvu Open gathers growth professionals, investors and other partners together into one solid network, where growth companies have an opportunity ...
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Borregaard to invest NOK 500 million in lignin operations

Borregaard is investing NOK 500 million (~54 MEUR) in upgrading and specialising their 160 000 t/a lignosulphonate production at Sarpsborg site in Norway. The investment includes new drying capacity, liquid storage tanks and improvements in logistics, infrastructure and energy solutions ...
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Concrete plasticisers from lignin

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a novel technology, LigniOx, to convert lignin water-soluble by means of oxygen oxidation. VTT's water-soluble lignin has proven to work particularly well as a concrete plasticiser, outperforming commercial lignosulphonate-based plasticisers. VTT continues ...
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Sappi partners with CellMark for lignin sales

Sappi Biotech, the world's largest producer of lignosulphonates and a Lignin Club member, has appointed CellMark as the non-exclusive sales agent for Sappi's Hansa lignin products. The Hansa lignin product family includes different types of lignosulphonates produced in liquid and ...
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New Joint Venture for lignin plastics

Meridian Waste Solutions, Meridian Innovations and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites signed an agreement in early April to form a Joint Venture to develop Advanced Lignin's technology portfolio. The initial focus of the JV will be to produce high performance yet low ...
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Four year research project Flippr continues to scale-up

Mondi recently hosted the closing event of a four year R&D project Flippr (Future Lignin and Pulp Processing Research), which aimed to identify future business areas for the companies in the fields of lignin and modern fibre utilization. The project ...
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MetGen has launched new enzymes for lignin valorisation

MetGen, a Finnish SME designing and marketing novel enzymatic solutions, has added new enzymes to their MetZyme Ligno product family. According to MetGen, MetZyme Ligno enzymes enable lignin valorisation towards a much wider range of drop-in solutions in e.g. coatings, plasticizers, ...
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Welcome to the Lignin Club website!

Welcome to the official website of the Lignin Ecosystem project! The Lignin ecosystem accelerates lignin market creation and empowers the success of end-user applications. The project is coordinated by Pöyry Management Consulting and funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, ...
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Nordic pulp makers active in kraft lignin

Lignin Club members Stora Enso, Metsä Fibre, UPM and Pöyry are highlighted in Reuters' recent article on Nordic pulp makers and their activities in bioproducts. Stora Enso has signed its first order of lignin with a glue manufacturer, Metsä Fibre ...
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Fraunhofer ICT optimising Organosolv lignin

Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT is working on the sulphur-free isolation of lignin and cellulose using an acid-catalysed process called Organosolv. They have a project called “Optimisation of an Organosolv pulping process – grass and hardwood/fractionation of lignin and ...
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VTT has developed CatLignin technology for producing reactive lignin

One of the Lignin Club members, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has developed a technology known as "CatLignin" to produce reactive lignin to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives that are widely used ...
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Full afternoon of lignin talks at NWBC 2017!

The 7th Nordic Wood Biorefinery conference in Stockholm later this month features a full afternoon of lignin presentations and discussions from renowned lignin experts including Pöyry's Dr. Petri Vasara as well as Dr. Tiina Liitiä and Dr. Hanne Wikberg from ...
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Sunscreen from lignin?

Researchers from McMaster University found that sunscreen containing just one per cent of organosolv lignin had double the lotion’s original sun protection factor, or SPF. This interesting study is published in the ACS journal of Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Continue to original ...
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Borregaard to receive NOK 13.9 million funding for lignin research

Borregaard received funding from the Research Council of Norway for two different research projects related to lignin utilisation. The WOCA project aims to develop bio-based binders for the metallurgical industry, while the Ligno 2G project aims to modify lignin for ...
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