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  • Reactive lignin for reducing the environmental impacts of wood products

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed technology known as "CatLignin" to produce reactive lignin from pulp industry side streams to be used as a replacement for toxic phenol compounds in wood adhesives that are widely used in wood products and furniture. / VTT
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  • Natural pigments and useful raw materials from autumn leaves for industry

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Autumn leaves contain a range of interesting substances such as pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing leaf-processing technologies, which could be used by the cosmetics, textile and feed and food industries. / VTT
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  • Forest industry’s structural change continues

    Etiketter: The pulp and paper industry
    Forest industry investments will increase the export of pulp and paperboard this and next year. However, the average export prices will decline. The diminution of the production and export of paper in Finland will continue strong. High demand in China maintains a positive outlook for the export of sawn timber. Demand is growing also because of activation of the construction industry in Finland and in Europe. / PTT
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  • VTT develops combustion technologies for biomass – aims at negative emissions

    Etiketter: Woodfuels
    VTT is seeking a carbon capture technology for Finnish power and heat production plants. The first pilots were implemented, using wood pellets, at VTT's Bioruukki and the results are promising. / VTT
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  • Pankaboard launches new cartonboard for luxury packaging

    Etiketter: Pappersprodukter omger oss varje dag
    Following recent investment at the mill in Finland, and as a result of extensive product development, Pankaboard is delighted to introduce a new Folding Boxboard to the product portfolio. / Pankaboard
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  • Using nature's own solvents for the preparation of pure lignin

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed solvents using which 50% of the lignin from wood can be extracted in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during processing. Using eutectic solvents, it may be possible to produce materials for use in the forest, food processing, pharmaceutical, packaging and mining industries in the future. / VTT
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  • Liquid by-products from wood and forest industry find use in wood-plastic composites

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    A novel method for adding liquid by-products from the wood industry into wood-plastic composites (WPCs) prior to manufacturing was developed in a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study also discovered that proton-transfer-reaction mass-spectrometry (PTR-MS) is a suitable method for measuring the amounts of volatile organic compounds, VOCs, released from WPCs. / University of Eastern Finland
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  • Forest industry investments expected to raise exports

    Etiketter: Forestry
    Key Forest Variables, Export Quantity and price of Paper and Wood
    Growth in the value of Finnish forest industry exports this year is driven by pulp and paperboard exports. Weak price trend is suppressing sawn timber exports. Next year new investments and increasing demand are expected to raise Finnish forest industry produc-tion. Weak outlook for paper demand will continue and exports are forecast to decline both this and next year. / PTT
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  • Better use of entire biomass of willow

    Etiketter: Woodfuels
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University investigated how willow biomass can be utilised more efficiently. When processed correctly, willow is eminently suitable as a source of sugar in the production of ethanol. The lignin fraction formed as a by-product of the ethanol process and the fibres and compounds of willow bark are suitable for the manufacture of environmentally friendly chemicals and bio-based materials. / VTT
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  • Sustainable and cost-efficient lignin-based concrete plasticiser

    Etiketter: Forest research and education
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a technique that can be used to convert lignin – a by-product of pulp mills and biorefineries – into a concrete plasticiser that is competitive against the synthetic and lignosulphonate-based admixtures currently on the market. In its water-soluble form, lignin can also be used as an additive in paints, printing inks, coatings and manufacture of gypsum products. / VTT
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