Future Fibre Industrial consortium started, coordinator VTT

A total of 33 companies joining forces with VTT to develop new generation sustainable forest products

Together with a large industrial consortium, VTT Technical Research of Finland has launched a EUR 4.5 million project to speed up the development of fibre-based products as alternatives to oil-based materials like plastics.

The project, funded partly by the European Regional Development Fund ERD, has brought together 33 companies, ranging from small to large, global companies.

The Future Fibre Products project coordinated by VTT will transform laboratory-scale results into pilot-scale demonstrations for products and processes with a low carbon footprint.

It will also explore how the current paper and board production infrastructure can be utilised in the field of new packaging solutions, non-woven materials, porous insulation materials, or even as replacements for EPS-based materials.

Global awareness of climate change is driving the search for sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to oil-based products and materials. The forest industry is looking for energy-efficient and low-carbon solutions to improve production. In addition, they are looking for new applications and solutions to adapt the production infrastructure to changes in the market.

In order to answer the increasing piloting needs of companies in the development of novel solutions for future fibre products, VTT is investing in another pilot line facility in the city of Jyväskylä. The new line will enable the production of lightweight, porous materials, as it can be operated without a wet-pressing unit. The line will be ready for trials in early 2018.

“The new pilot, together with the current piloting environment, will have a central role in demonstrating the alternatives with the most potential”, says Harri Kiiskinen, project manager of the Future Fibre Products project.

Photo 2: An example of a potential tomorrow’s packaging solution. (Design and photo: Kaisa Jäntti)

Combined forces

The project attracted 33 industrial companies from Finland, North America, Europe, and Asia, small enterprises as well as global leaders.

The industrial project partners are A Fredrikson Research & Consulting, Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Albany International, Andritz, Anpap, BASF, Berndorf Band, BillerudKorsnäs, BinNova, Essity (formerly SCA Hygiene Products), Glatfelter, Humuspehtoori, Irving Paper Limited, Kemira, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Metsä Group, Moorim SP, Neenah Gessner, Novarbo, Paptic, Pixact, ProDeliver, Rejlers Finland, Sappi, SCG Packaging, Stora Enso, Sulzer Pumps Finland, Suominen, UPM-Kymmene, Valmet, Weidmann Electrical Technology, WestRock Corporation, and Wetend Technologies.

“The large consortium is a clear sign that long-term R&D work in the field of the bioeconomy is highly valued by companies”, comments Jussi Manninen, EVP for Business Area Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment at VTT.

 

Featured photo: The Future Fibre Products project coordinated by VTT will develop tomorrow’s material solutions. (Photo: VTT)

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by Lennart Ljungblom

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