PFI research partner for new demonstration plant for microfibrillated cellulose

Updated: 2017-04-04 | Print

On Monday 3rd April 2017, Norske Skog Saugbrugs’ new demonstration plant for microfibrillated cellulose was officially opened by His Majesty King Harald V.

The new demonstration plant builds on experience from many years research cooperation with PFI. Norske Skog and PFI have for many years cooperated on development of processes for production of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) and applications for this new material.

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Managing Director Philip Reme at PFI (left) and Managing Director Kjell-Arve Kure at Norske Skog Saugbrugs (right) are well satisfied with the cooperation between PFI and Norske Skog Saugbrugs (Photo: PFI).


There has been considerable interest in microfibrillated cellulose for some time due to the wide range of application areas, such as replacement for plastics, reinforcement of composite materials, boosting paper properties and as barrier material in packaging – and the important fact that the material is environmentally friendly. It is renewable, biocompatible and degradable.


“With the new demonstration plant, Norske Skog Saugbrugs is now in position to produce larger amounts of MFC for further testing in many different applications. We consider this demonstration plant to be an important step towards producing new high value-added products beyond today’s paper production”, says Managing Director Kjell-Arve Kure at Norske Skog Saugbrugs.


PFI has performed research on MFC for 15 years, being at the international research front in this area. Among others, PFI coordinates the project “NorCel: Norwegian Nanocellulose Technology Platform”, being one of five strategic national research projects within nanotechnology, funded by the Research Council of Norway.


“It is very important that research results are implemented and create value to our customers. We congratulate Norske Skog Saugbrugs with the opening of their new demonstration plant, and look forward to further cooperation within this promising area”, says Managing Director Philip Reme at PFI.

“The cooperation with PFI has given important contributions to our work within nanocellulose. We also would like to thank the Research Council of Norway and Innovation Norway for important financial support”, ends Managing Director Kjell-Arve Kure at Norske Skog Saugbrugs.

 

Contact: Managing Director Philip Reme