Micro Fibrillar Cellulose for Cost-Efficient Paper Production

Updated: 2013-11-13 | Print

Norske Skog Saugbrugs aims to bring Micro Fibrillar Cellulose (MFC) production to full scale, using it as a strength enhancer in paper in order to create the most cost-efficient magazine paper grade possible today.

The Paper and Fiber Research Institute (PFI) is the main research partner in this project and it is financed by The Research Council of Norway through the user-driven Research based Innovation programme (BIA). MFC is the nano-scale building block of the wood fibres, having great strength-enhancing properties when added to a paper furnish. Earlier MFC was only interesting from a theoretical point of view due to the huge energy consumption needed to produce it. The research done the last years has made it possible to produce MFC at a significantly lower energy consumption which has opened up the industrial possibilities.

SC_paperClay particles (blue) on the surface of a pulp fibre. The microfibrils are observed on the upper right side.

Photo: Per Olav Johnsen, PFI.


The objective of this research project is to make the necessary steps to take it to full scale production and to produce a new magazine paper grade in a significantly more cost-efficient way than today through the addition of MFC.



Contact: Øyvind Eriksen