The bioeconomy in the space: UPM Plywood, Arctic Astronautics and Huld to launch the first ever wooden satellite

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UPM Plywood, Arctic Astronautics and Huld are ready to launch the first ever wooden satellite, WISA WOODSATTM, into Earth’s orbit by the end of 2021.

WISA Woodsat will go where no wood has gone before. With a mission to gather data on the behavior and durability of plywood over an extended period in the harsh temperatures, vacuum and radiation of space in order to assess the use of wood materials in space structures.

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Metsä Spring and Valmet began construction of the 3D fibre product pilot plant in Finland

Metsä Spring’s team. Source: Metsä Group

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet last December bagan construction of the 3D fibre product pilot plant in Äänekoski, Finland. The pilot plant enables testing and further development of the novel process for producing of a new type of packaging solution.The greenfield building will host the pilot line, which converts wood fibre into ready-to-use 3D fibre products, which, in turn, can replace similar packaging solutions made from plastic and aluminium. The goal of the pilot plant project is to develop a new competitive product and the supporting production process and equipment.

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OMV and AustroCel joined forces in the second-generation bioethanol field

A bioethanol plant

“Austria’s first plant for the production of second-generation bioethanol is now up and running in Hallein and we have started our trailblazing cooperation with OMV. With our advanced biofuels, we are taking a responsible approach to resources and helping to reduce fossil fuel use. We will continue to pursue our long-term strategy of ‘Green AustroCel’, uniting sustainability and economic success”, said Jörg Harbring, CEO of AustroCel Hallein.

The first successful trial delivery of advanced bioethanol marks the start of the long-term cooperation between OMV, the integrated, international oil, gas and petrochemicals company headquartered in Vienna, and AustroCel Hallein GmbH. The Hallein-based bioethanol plant has an annual capacity of up to 35 million liters, making it the world’s largest bioethanol plant based on wood. In the first year AustroCel Hallein will already supply more than 1.5 million liters per month of second-generation bioethanol to OMV. With this, the cooperation partners are contributing to climate protection. 

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Marc Palahí talks to Il Bioeconomista. An interview with the director of EFI

Marc Palahí, on the left, signed an agreement in China

“Transitioning towards a circular bioeconomy is a fundamental step. But new markets, products and sustainable value chains will need to be created.” To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Marc Palahí, director of EFI (European Forest Institute). He talks with us after his business trip to China.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Metsä Spring invested in Woodio, a developer of waterproof wood composite products

Metsa Group Aanekoski pulp mill. Source: http://www.metsafibre.com

Metsä Spring, Metsä Group’s innovation company, has made an equity investment in Woodio Ltd, a leading developer of waterproof wood composite products. The financing round totals approximately EUR 4 million, and Metsä Spring participates in the round together with current investors Ardent Venture BV, Finow Ltd, NextStone Ltd and Valve Ventures Ltd.

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UPM Plywood joines forces with Studio Bark and Fologram to create a unique building experience

UPM Plywood is joining forces with Studio Bark and Fologram to create a unique building experience for self-builders at the Grand Designs Live event. Two UPM WISA Plywood products will be centre stage at the Grand Designs Live show in London May 4-12 on an unusual stand created by pioneering environmental architects Studio Bark.

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An interview with Markus Mannström, Executive VP, Stora Enso Biomaterials Division. “Anything made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow”

Markus Mannström. Courtesy of Stora Enso

“At Stora Enso, we believe that anything made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Our work in the Biomaterials division strives to make this a reality as soon as possible”. To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Markus Mannström, Executive VP at Stora Enso Biomaterials Division. The Nordic company is one of the main players of the bioeconomy at global bioeconomy. With Markus Mannström we talk about what Stora Enso is doing in the field, the role of pulp and paper industry and his expectations related to the announced new EU bioeconomy strategy.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Stora Enso opened Europe’s largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant in South-west Sweden

Karl-Henrik Sundström, Ceo of Stora Enso

Scandinavian multinational company Stora Enso opened Europe’s largest wood fibre-based biocomposite plant. The opening ceremony took place last June 4 at the company’s Hylte Mill outside of Halmstad in South-west Sweden, and was attended by more than 150 guests. Stora Enso’s investment of €12 million in a biocomposite plant is part of the company’s ongoing process of becoming a renewable materials company. It aims at showing that Stora Enso is a leader in the bioeconomy, with the ability to provide innovative, more sustainable alternatives to plastic.

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Finnish KaiCell Fibers makes a further step forward

Finnish company KaiCell Fibers completed a technical-commercial feasibility study (FS), mainly delivered by CTS Engtec Oy, and now is ready for the next steps towards making the biorefinery in Paltamo, northeast Finland, a reality.

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KaiCell Fibers launches advanced wood fibre venture in Finland

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Finnish bioeconomy confirms its dynamism. KaiCell Fibers has  embarked  on  a  venture  to  construct  a  state-­of-­the-art biorefinery mill as  core component in an industry park projected to house several downstream operators drawing on wood as primary raw material.

The project is based on an alliance between Kainuun Liitto (The Regional Council of Kainuu) and NC Capital  Partners. KaiCell will tap into the Kainuu region’s extensive and currently under-­utilised fibre wood resources, and incorporate BAT (best available technology) to ensure high value-­added  products, maximum raw material efficiencies and minimum environmental loads throughput the process. Production is planned to commence by 2020.

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