In brief

Reactive lignin replaces phenol

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technology that allows the production of reactive lignin from pulp mills’ side streams. Reactive lignin can replace the toxic substances in wood adhesives, for example.

Bioeconomy at a crossroads

While the new applications of energy production are evolving, the current level of innovation and product development are not sufficient for breaking away from oil.

Smooth surfaces

The Finnish start-up company PintaWorks manufactures camera-based inline quality control systems for the paper and printing industries.

Lignin goes further than energy

Traditionally, lignin – the substance that binds wood fibres – has been incinerated along with black liquor in a pulp mill’s soda recovery boiler. The result has been steam and heat for energy use. The exploitation of lignin is nevertheless expanding, since a new technology is also opening doors for its use in bioeconomy applications.

The third life of a paper machine

The modernised mill of Stora Enso in Varkaus is in brand new shape and ready to give an increasingly efficient response to the changing global demand for forest industry products. Late last year, with help of a diverse network of partners, the mill’s fine paper producing paper machine PM3 was converted into a machine that produces packaging board.

Evolve or disappear

In the economic evolution driven by creative destruction, market dynamics destroys the slow and spares the fast.