Who we are
The Lignin Club brings international industry players together to co-create a globally unique lignin ecosystem that connects technology suppliers, existing and potential producers, and refiners into a single network. In addition to the core network consisting of Finnish players, the ecosystem features potential end-user companies worldwide, representing sectors such as the chemical, forestry, mechanical engineering, coating, biofuel and aircraft industries.
Lignin ecosystem is coordinated by AFRY Management Consulting (former Pöyry) and funded by participating companies and organisations.
ANDRITZ , a global leader in chemical recovery systems, has developed a process for producing high-quality lignin with minimal impurities and minimal emissions. The ANDRITZ lignin recovery system is customized for each application out of standard components, such as the proven ANDRITZ membrane filter press. The system can be installed as one stage without washing, two-stage with acid washing, or two-stage with acid washing and drying. The exact configuration is based on the end use of the lignin and the most competitive cost optimization.
ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,500 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.
Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers.
With headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Borealis currently employs around 6,600 and operates in over 120 countries. It generated EUR 7.2 billion in sales revenue and a net profit of EUR 1.1 billion in 2016. Mubadala, through its holding company, owns 64% of the company, with the remaining 36% belonging to OMV, an international, integrated oil and gas company based in Vienna. Borealis provides services and products to customers around the world in collaboration with Borouge, a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
CH-Bioforce was founded in 2016 to deliver the best in class biomass fractionation technology. We can fractionate biomass in a novel and innovative way to offer a new feedstock source for the chemical industry providing high value end products. Our know-how lies in a deep understanding of fundamental biomass chemistry. Broad academic and industrial collaboration and networking enables us to create state of the art technologies.
Chempolis Ltd is a technology leader delivering innovative carbon neutral 3G formico® biorefining technologies that provide profitable, sustainable and cost-and resource effective solutions for the biomass, energy, oil, sugar, alcohol, chemical and paper industries to refine biomass into advanced high-quality bio products while minimizing environmental impact and maximizing social benefits.
CMPC is a Forestry, Pulp & Paper company, established in 1920 in Chile that produces solid wood products, pulp, paper, packaging products and tissue in Latin America.
CMPC has expanded their operations significantly through Latin America over the last two decades. CMPC maintains operations in Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay and Ecuador. Our team is made up of over 17,000 direct employees distributed in 40 industrial plants in eight countries in South America.
The Company’s products reach more than 45 countries worldwide, and are widely recognized in each of the markets. The growth of our business in a sustainable way, is essential to continue projecting into the future, through caring for people and the environment. Our objective can be summarized in what we call our three C’s: Create, Coexist, Conserve.
Finnair flies between Asia, Europe and North America with an emphasis on fast connections via Helsinki, carrying more than ten million passengers annually. In 2017, Finnair’s extensive network connects 18 cities in Asia and 6 cities in North America with over 60 destinations in Europe. The airline, a pioneer in sustainable flying, was the first European airline to fly the next-generation, eco-smart Airbus A350 XWB aircraft and it is the first airline listed in the Leadership Index of the worldwide Carbon Disclosure Project. The only Nordic carrier with a 4-star Skytrax ranking, Finnair has also won the World Airline Award for Best Airline Northern Europe for the past seven years running. Finnair is a member of oneworld, the alliance of the world’s leading airlines committed to providing the highest level of service and convenience to frequent international travellers.
Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. We want to engage our customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. We employ some 8,000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India, and 62% of our electricity generation is CO2 free. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (FORTUM).
Futurity is a New Zealand based bio-venture which uses responsibly managed plantation forestry to produce renewable materials; Nano-fibrillated Cellulose, PHA and advanced Lignin’s. We produce high performing materials to reduce oil dependency. Our wood comes from rapidly renewing forestry plantations and provides a unique geographic opportunity for global supply. Using our novel integration of licenced technologies, we optimise the natural attributes of wood to produce price competitive materials. We are here to collaborate internationally with companies and investors to develop supply chains of better materials into better products and construct our first commercial biorefinery. Together, let’s outperform oil with trees.
Graanul Biotech is a newly established bio-based industry company that belongs to Graanul Invest group. The main fields of activities of Graanul Biotech are the innovative technologies based processing of woody biomass. Within SWEETWOODS project Graanul Biotech is to establish a unique wood fractionation industrial flagship plant to create and promote new value-chains using sustainable hardwood as a resource. Flagship plant initial main products will be unique near native and high purity hydrolysis lignin, C5 rich, C6 rich and C5/C6 mixed sugars streams. Graanul Biotech is open for discussions with partners for testing novel lignin upgrading technologies and valorization processes to allow lignin applications in existing value chains and develop novel applications in diversity of end-products.
For over 100 years, Hexion has been advancing specialty chemicals and performance materials. Everywhere you look, everything you touch, you can find our chemistry at work to make your world better, safer, and cleaner. Our products can be found in everything from paint, and windmill blades, to furniture, cabinets and building and construction materials. Hexion operates about 50 production and manufacturing facilities globally with more than 4,000 associates and is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Hexion is utilizing lignin as a phenol replacement in its broad range of resins for plywood and oriented strand board.
Ingenio La Unión, S.A. is an agribusiness company committed to add value to our shareholders, employees, clients, and other groups we interact with.
A world-class productor, the commitment to do things well and, above all, the vision of leading in sugar cane, sugar and energy production, define our company as one of the most relevant agro-industries of the region. All products are supplied to almost every country in the world and have been built a network of satisfied customers with our quality.
Ingenio La Unión, S.A. is diversifying its product portfolio with biobased, environmentally friendly and renewable solutions.
LignoPure is a Hamburg based company funded and led by an international team of three female entrepreneurs and researchers based in Germany. Using an innovative technological approach, LignoPure enables commercial applications for lignin in various customizable drop-in and ready-to-use solutions for life science and material applications. By utilizing industrially available lignins, we deliver tailored material and develop biobased products with our customers (e.g. microbeads to replace plastics in cosmetics, vegan leather, polyurethane foams), aiming to deliver not only performance but a reduction of up to 80% CO2 emissions in comparison to the oil based counterparts.
LXP Group GmbH is a tech company, active in the field of industrial biotechnology focusing on the development, marketing and licensing of technical solutions for the economic and ecological processing of plant residues on the basis of closed carbon and mineral cycles. The core technology is based on a patent protected pre-treatment process called LX-Process. The process is easy to integrate into biotechnological processes, which allows the conversion of virtually all carbohydrates from lignocelluloses of non-food materials in 2nd and 3rd generation processes, producing biogas, biofuels or chemicals. Additionally sulphur free natural lignin can be provided out of the same process.
A.P. Moller Maersk A/S is a global transport and logistics company operating a global fleet of more than 700 vessels in 130 countries. Maersk has the dedicated ambition of decarbonizing their fleet to reach zero net emissions by 2050. Maersk expects significant changes in the energy systems used in the global maritime sector within the next 30+ years and find innovations within the field of carbon-neutral fuels highly relevant.
MetGen Oy is an innovative SME which designs, develops, and supplies novel enzymatic solutions for the most challenging of industrial conditions.
MetGen’s enzyme products – MetZymes®- are industrial, highly-active, natural catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions. MetGen uses advanced genetic engineering and biotechnology to adapt and supply enzymes to harsh industrial processes and to handle a variety of lignocellulosic substrates. MetGen’s technology platform allows for industry leading enzyme development time: we can get from idea to industrial solution in even less than 6 months.
MetGen addresses the full value-chain in bioprocessing – including, but not limited to refining/pre-treatment of the feedstock, improving pulp and paper properties, hydrolysis to sugars and bioconversion towards platform chemicals, and valorization of side streams.
Addressing lignin is at the core of this work and MetGen has a special focus on lignin valorization: MetGen has developed lignin-modifying enzymes efficient at pH-range 3-11 and temperatures up to 85 °C. Furthermore, MetGen is currently commercializing a proprietary solvent-free enzymatic lignin depolymerization technology.
Metsä Fibre is a leading industrial processer of wood. Metsä Fibre operates 11 mills (factories), whereof four produce, as main product, pulp and seven sawn timber. The operations also generate a multitude of co-products, including the biochemicals turpentine and tall oil, as well bioenergy in various forms (electrical power, steam, solid biofuels and district heat). In 2016, Metsä Fibre had sales amounting to more than €1.6 billion and a personnel of approximately 1,200. Metsä Fibre is a part of Metsä Group. Year 2017 will be a milestone year for Metsä Fibre and the whole Metsä Group, as the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, will be inaugurated within Q3.
Founded in 2012, Montisera is a privately owned Finnish development company focused on discovering, developing and commercialising bioactive compounds from its development platform to be used in novel products in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Montisera’s focus is on the management of its global partner network of universities, science companies, laboratories, contract research organisations (CROs) etc. Montisera currently has three bioactive compounds in its development platform in different stages of the development pipeline, ranging from Parkinson’s disease to alcoholism and lower urinary tract diseases.
Omya is a leading global producer of industrial minerals based on calcium carbonate and dolomite and a worldwide specialty chemicals distributor. The company offers a wide range of product solutions that help its customers to be more competitive and productive. Omya’s customer base includes many industries including building materials, printing and writing paper, engineering polymers, packaging, food, personal care, cleaning, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, forestry, water and energy. Omya was founded in Switzerland in 1884 and today has 8000 employees at more than 175 locations in over 50 countries. The company creates products and services with added value and strives to implement sustainability principles at all levels. The raw materials come from responsibly managed sources to meet people’s basic needs today and in the future.
Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company. We deliver smart solutions across power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry’s net sales in 2016 were EUR 530 million. The company’s shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki (POY1V). Approximately 5500 experts. 40 countries. 130 offices.
A global leader in paper, paper pulp and dissolving wood pulp solutions, Sappi Limited, is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing operations on three continents, in seven countries (seven mills in Europe, three mills in America and four mills in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide
Sappi works closely with customers to provide relevant and sustainable paper, paper pulp, dissolving wood pulp and biomaterial products and related services and innovations. Our market-leading range of paper products includes: coated fine papers; casting release papers; uncoated graphic papers, premium quality packaging papers and paper grade pulp. Our dissolving wood pulp products are used to produce viscose fibre, pharmaceutical products, household and consumer products.
We continue to grow into a profitable and cash-generative diversified business with an exciting future in woodfibre, a renewable resource.
SciTech-Service is a technology development company that offers process development and laboratory services in biorefining and man-made fibres. The company specializes in “idea to technological concept” development of industrial processes.
SciTech-Service (Experimentis Inc.) offers highly flexible laboratory facilities in Rauma, Finland. The laboratory is located in the bioeconomy heartland of Finland, e.g., the UPM Rauma Paper Mill, MFibre Pulp mill and Forchem tall oil refinery are next door neighbors. The core of the laboratory operation is a selection of flexible reactors that can be used to simulate selected unit operation under controlled conditions.
The company is fully independent and owner operated, as it has been since its founding in 1983. SciTech-Service is there to help You succeed in the lignin market.
The SILOX – Société Industrielle Liégeoise des Oxydes – group, which is specialised in inorganic chemistry, manufactures and markets mostly sulphur and non-ferrous metal derivatives, especially those of zinc.
SILOX produces sodium hydrosulphite-based reducing and bleaching agents by the zinc dust process, which is appreciated internationally for the exceptional stability and quality that it confers on the product.
Our HY-BRITE® range is specially designed for the paper industry. It offers products for each application (bleaching of mechanical pulp, de-inked pulp, and kaolins).
Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people and are publicly listed in Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R).
St1 is a Nordic energy company that operates in Finland, Sweden and Norway and consists of two groups. St1 Nordic focuses on fuels marketing activities and renewable energy solutions and St1 Group focuses on developing and refining liquid fuels. St1 employs about 700 top professionals and headquartered in Helsinki with offices in Stockholm, Oslo and Gothenburg refinery. St1 vision is ”To be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy”. Strong R&D investment in cellulosic based waste and residues enables Cellunolix® ethanol production and side streams upgrading in large scale into high value energy and material products.
SunCoal develops and commercializes high-value carbon products like technical carbons, bio-based chemicals or biofuels using its patented hydrothermal treatment technologies for biomass, e.g. lignin. Therefore, SunCoal runs its own technology center including three different laboratories, a pilot plant as well as an application, engineering and development department. SunCoal is located close to Berlin, Germany and employs around 25 high-qualified experts who are pushing SunCoal’s innovative technology.
SynergyCom SOOO is focused on sustainable and cost-effective hydrolysis lignin valorization. Today we produce lignin-based chemicals for various industries, including oil and gas, environmental, construction, agricultural, mining, and several others. Businesses across many industries are beginning to see benefits in utilizing intrinsic advantages of our hydrolysis lignin in its purified form as well as in its chemically modified forms enreached with high concentration of functional groups.
Tikkurila is the leading paints and coatings professional in the Nordic region and Russia. With our roots in Finland, we now operate in 16 countries. Our high-quality products and extensive services ensure the best possible user experience in the market. Sustainable beauty since 1862.
As the frontrunner of the new forest industry UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Cost leadership, change readiness, commitment and safety of our people form the foundation of our success. We create value from renewable and recyclable materials by combining our expertise and technologies within fibre based, energy-related and engineered materials businesses.
At UPM Biochemicals Lignin Business, we develop and commercialize lignin-based products and ready-to-implement solutions for a variety of industries and applications, within the context of UPM, The Biofore Company. Lignin, an abundant, 100% bio-based, non food related, non-toxic, cost-effective, and versatile material, offers exciting opportunities for producers of resins, adhesives, binders, polymer compounds, etc. While implementing lignin-based solutions, we are continuously exploring new application areas, in close cooperation with a large network of partners around the globe.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. Our research and innovation services give our partners, both private and public, all over the world a competitive edge. We pave the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services.
We create technology for business – for the benefit of society.
Valmet is a leading supplier of technologies, automation and services that help pulp and paper companies bring their performance forward. Pulp and paper are fantastic and renewable materials, but the pulping industry will play an even bigger role in the future.
Valmet’s lignin extraction technology LignoBoost® was created by universities, the research company RISE and its partners. Valmet bought the technology in 2008 and has refined it and built two large-scale, commercial plants and one small-scale plant. Domtar started their LignoBoost plant at the Plymouth mill in 2013. The mill extracts BioChoice™ lignin and Domtar is today actively developing the use of biomaterials. The second LignoBoost plant was started in 2015 at Stora Enso, Sunila mill. Lineo™, a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, was awarded ‘Bio-Based Product of the Year’ at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018. The mill has also, by using lignin as fuel in the lime kiln, lowered their emissions of fossil CO2. The newest LignoBoost plant is in Klabin, Monte Alegre. This plant will be used to conduct large-scale studies and testing of lignin for new commercial applications.