24.06.2019 klo 09:30 Kemira to participate in the development of 100% bio-based chemicals for paper and cardboard production as part of an EU funded project
24th of June, 2019 at 9.30 am (CET +1)
Kemira to participate in the development of 100% bio-based chemicals for paper
and cardboard production as part of an EU funded project
Kemira has joined a four-year EU funded project which aims to develop 100% bio-
based chemicals, produced from renewable raw materials. In addition, the project
aims to develop new means to improve production efficiency at pulp mills with
higher utilization of wood biomass.
The project which was kicked-off in May 2019, has received EUR 5.9 million
funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), under the
European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The total budget
of the project is EUR 9.6 million and it is one of several undertakings aimed at
developing a sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe. In addition to
Kemira, the project involves different organizations across Europe: Ecohelix
(SE), Avantium Chemicals BV (NL), Metgen Oy (FI), Novamont Spa (IT), Fundacio
Universitaria Balmes (ES) and Graanul Biotech Ou (EE) and Spinverse (FI).
During the four-year project, Kemira and other project members will conduct
demonstration-scale trial runs at a dissolving pulp mill in Europe.
Biotechnology company Ecohelix will provide and operate the demonstration unit
and Kemira's role is to assess the technical and economic feasibility of the
bio-based offerings produced in the project. The aim is to develop fully bio-
based polymeric chemistries for paper and cardboard production to complement and
even replace polymers that are derived from petroleum.
"The pulp production process produces some side-streams, which have up until now
been considered of low value. The project partners are looking to change this
and enable a more holistic and sustainable utilization of wood biomass. We see
that there is a great potential to improve the resource efficiency and
circulation of materials in the process and to replace fossil-based raw
materials with renewable ones," says Veli-Matti Vuorenpalo, Manager of Global
Processes and Projects at Kemira R&D.
For more information, please contact:
Veli-Matti Vuorenpalo, Manager, Global Processes and Projects, R&D
+358 50 322 3811
Tero Huovinen, SVP, Communications
Tel. +358 10 862 1980
This project has received funding from the Bio-based Industries Joint
Undertaking under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under grant agreement No 837866.
Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive
industries. We provide best suited products and expertise to improve our
customers' product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on
pulp & paper, oil & gas and water treatment. In 2018, Kemira had annual revenue
of around EUR 2.6 billion and 4,915 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the
Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. www.kemira.com
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