Author Henna Poikolainen

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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…. Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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,… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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… Continue Reading →

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