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Klabin Acquires Stake in Cellulose Nanocrystalline Research Firm, Melodea

Melodea According to Klabin, its goal is to use cellulose nanocrystalline applications to make stronger paper and packaging, 100% recyclable, while leveraging new business opportunities for forestry products.

Feb. 9, 2018 - Klabin said that it has acquired a 12.5% interest in the Israeli startup Melodea Bio Based Solutions, a firm involved in the research and development of the technology for extracting cellulose nanocrystalline (CNC) from wood pulp, paper mill sludge, and other sources.

Klabin's investment of US$2.5 million will strengthen its efforts in the areas of Research, Development & Innovation, which is focused on developing bioeconomical solutions for the responsible, efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.

According to Klabin, its goal is to use cellulose nanocrystalline applications to make stronger paper and packaging, 100% recyclable, while leveraging new business opportunities for forestry products.

“Melodea's has excellent capacity for developing the CNC technologies, with applications in several industries,” said Francisco Razzolini, Klabin's Director for Technology and Pulp Business. “Given its high crystalline properties and capacity to form dense and highly cohesive films, CNC is an innovative route for renewable and sustainable barriers for paper and packaging that ensure greater resistance to air, water, vapors and oil, etc., while using a more environmental friendly technology.”

Dr. Shaul Lapidot, CEO of Melodea, noted, “Melodea and seed investor Holmen AB are very proud to partner with Klabin. This is a major step towards commercialization of Melodea's patented CNC technology and products.”

In a press release, Melodea added, “Utilizing Klabin's wood pulp and side streams as raw material, Melodea's eco-friendly proprietary extraction process yields multi-market changing CNC products that are transparent, high-strength, self-assembling, super hydrophilic, recyclable and nontoxic.

“Today, in partnership with two of the world's leading sustainable forestry conglomerates (Holmen AB and Klabin SA), Melodea aims to advance R&D, secure a growing list international patents, expand international joint development agreements, begin manufacturing at a newly built pilot facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden (in partnership with Holmen AB, MoRe Research and RISE), and nourish sustainable growth through a robust sales and marketing program.”

Klabin is the largest producer and exporter of paper for packaging in Brazil, its only company offering one-stop solutions in hardwood, softwood and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags. The company has 17 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. To learn more, please visit:www.klabin.com.br.

SOURCE: Klabin and Melodea Ltd. (www.melodea.eu