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 Pöyry Management Consulting 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.
Betulium Oy is a Finnish clean-tech company established in 2013. Betulium provides renewable, biodegradable, and high-performance water-based cellulose materials to replace or supplement synthetic organic polymers in a vast number of industrial applications. The company manages versatile production premises and application laboratories in Espoo, Finland and currently employs cutting-edge professionals in the field of material science with valuable experience in entrepreneurship, business development, and international business.”
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Suzano Pulp & Paper is the world’s second-largest eucalyptus pulp producer and Latin America’s largest producer of printing and writing papers. A subsidiary of Suzano Holding and part of the Suzano Group, it has remained for over 90 years at the technological forefront of the pulp and paper industry. Suzano has seven industrial units in Brazil, international offices in six countries and a global distribution structure capable of serving more than 60 countries. In addition to Pulp, Suzano produces coated and uncoated Printing & Writing Paper, Packaging Paper, Tissue Paper (for sanitary purposes) and Fluff Pulp (used to make diapers and sanitary napkins).
Suzano also is investing in the production of Lignin and its derivatives, creating a green chemical platform to substitute fossil-based materials, among other applications. In the biotechnology sector, it focuses on the genetic enhancement of forestry crops through its subsidiary FuturaGene. Suzano is a publicly traded corporation listed on the Novo Mercado segment of the São Paulo Stock Exchange, which reinforces its commitment to continually enhance its corporate governance practices.
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 Compan. 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.