Stora Enso to Build Microfibrillated Cellulose Plant at Imatra
May 31, 2011 - Stora Enso said that it is taking a significant step forward in renewable materials
innovation by building a pre-commercial plant at Imatra in Finland for the
production of microfibrillated cellulose. The new type of renewable material
will be used in existing and new unique fibre-based paper and board products,
barrier materials, and other potential future applications.
“The MFC pre-commercial plant is another proof point of rethinking within Stora
Enso. It is not only an example of pathfinding innovation together with
institutions and universities for the benefit of consumers and even the planet;
it is also a proof point of Stora Enso's commitment to accelerating the
development of the next generation of renewable materials," said Jouko Karvinen, CEO of Stora Enso.
"With MFC we will be able to develop lighter, stronger renewable packaging materials, a lot more
with a lot less," he added.
"The pre-commercial plant will put us into a unique position to
accelerate customer-driven innovation and product concepts from this
technology. In the longer term, as we continue to renew and challenge
ourselves, the applications of this renewable material may well extend to
replacing today's fossil-based materials such as plastics and some speciality
chemicals, and aluminium — revolution instead of evolution,” Karvinen concluded.
The microfibrillated cellulose technology project, including the Imatra
pre-commercial plant, is estimated to total approximately EUR 10 million.
plant is scheduled to start production by the end of 2011, Stora Enso said.
SOURCE: Stora Enso