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Valmet and Biochemtex Collaborate in Developing Technology for Converting Lignin to Biochemicals

Biochemicals The development project will combine and adapt Valmet's LignoBoost and Biochemtex's Moghi technologies for the production of bioPET (bio based thermoplastic polymer).

May 3, 2016 - Valmet and Biochemtex will begin a collaborative effort in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The development project will combine and adapt LignoBoost and Moghi technologies.

LignoBoost is Valmet's proprietary technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor produced by pulp mills. Moghi, in turn, is Biochemtex's proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.

According to Valmet, the collaboration will create a high value market for lignin while providing the biochemical industry a consistent lignin stream to be used as a sustainable feedstock for the production of bioPET (bio based thermoplastic polymer).

"Valmet's industrially proven LignoBoost technology for lignin extraction plays an important role in this project. We are continuously developing new sustainable technologies for increasing the value of lignin,” said Rickard Andersson, Vice President for Valmet's Biotech and Environmental Systems.

“Combining LignoBoost and Moghi technologies is one of the very promising solutions we are looking into when developing biochemical technologies," Andersson added.

Giovanni Bolcheni, CEO of Biochemtex, commented, “For us, this partnership is an additional opportunity to provide the market with second generation biochemicals. We are already working with our own and Beta Renewables technologies. The cooperation with Valmet will allow to increase the feedstock available to produce bioPX, a key raw material for the production of PET made 100% from renewable sources.

“Existing pilot plant facilities, and the dedicated demo plant under construction in Italy, combined with the skills and know-how in both organizations, will provide a solid base to deliver fast and positive outcome for this exciting opportunity," Giovanni concluded.

Biochemtex is a leader in the technologies for the production of second generation biofuels and biochemicals. It is part of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group and a global leader in the development and engineering of technologies and bio-chemical processes based on the exclusive use of non-food biomass, as an alternative to oil.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. To learn more, please visit: www.valmet.com

SOURCE: Valmet