Articles dealing with products, services and innovations from the world of pulp and other bioproducts.
Issue 1/2017 / Solutions
Efficient, reliable logistics will be a key component in the operations of the new Metsä Fibre bioproduct mill, with efficient raw wood deliveries to the mill and dependable pulp deliveries to the customer.
With deep knowledge of tissue making and a long tradition of excellence in the field, Metsä Fibre is an ideal supplier of tissue-grade pulps. Tuomo Niemi, Technical Sales Manager, talks us through the company’s unique offering for tissue makers.
Issue 2/2016 / Solutions
The massive construction project of Metsä Fibre’s new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski has progressed according to plan, thanks to the extensive know-how of experienced project personnel and competent management. Production trials will begin at the mill in spring 2017, and it will be inaugurated in the third quarter of 2017.
Optimised pulp refining and consistently high quality are clear added value for Metsä Fibre customers.
Sukarwood is looking ahead to potential uses of cellulose in new creative packaging solutions where it may replace plastic, glass, metal and even paperboard.
Issue 1/2016 / Solutions
Metsä Fibre is progressing with its bioproduct concept, where all side streams of pulp production are utilized for new products and services, such as biogas, biocomposite materials and textile fibres.
Botnia Nordic pulps from the sustainably managed and certified forests of northern Europe are also used for making high-quality baking papers. Thanks to their cleanliness, virgin-fibre pulps are ideal for use in products that come into direct contact with food...
A method of controlling pulp refining developed on the basis of the Botnia FOX quality index was patented at the end of 2015. This index describes the strength potential of Metsä Fibre pulp. The solution enables Metsä Fibre customers to optimise their own refining processes with even greater precision.
Issue 2/2015 / Solutions
Aqvacomp biocomposite is an innovative, sustainable, energy-efficient combination material that uses natural cellulose fibre as reinforcement in plastic. What makes this product unique is that the fibre can be blended into the plastic directly from the pulp production process without drying, deriving optimal benefit from the reinforcing properties of the fibre. The ideal location for manufacturing this new biocomposite is thus right next to a pulp mill, which would enable biocomposite production capacity of about 8-10 tonnes per hour.
Close collaboration between Metsä Group and forest owners will continue to satisfy the growing need for wood. The company has led the industry in developing digital services for forest owners that help to promote sustainable forest management.
Pulpwood is the most important raw material for cellulose, a highly
adaptable natural polymer, which may well play a crucial part in
building a sustainable future.
Issue 1/2015 / Solutions
As part of the FuBio Cellulose programme led by the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC Oy, Metsä Fibre has worked together with a group of research partners on developing a new, ecological, safe and simple process for manufacturing textile fibres from cellulose.The result, Ioncell fibre, is stronger than cotton or viscose, and its renewable raw material is readily available from Finnish forests. Dissolved in a new type of ionic liquid, the pulp is regenerated into textile fibres by a dry-jet wet spinning method.
Metsä Fibre's technical customer service experts are on the brink of adding value to the production processes of entire new markets.
The massive process of constructing Metsä Fibre's pioneering bioproduct mill is an impressive feat of project management.
Issue 2/2014 / Solutions
It was becoming clear that the projected life cycle of the Metsä Fibre pulp mill in Äänekoski, Finland, was coming to its conclusion. Soon enough it became apparent, that the most attractive alternative was to build a totally new bioproduct mill.
With every delivery involving the concerted effort of several individuals, good service arises from co-operation and personal investment in optimising performance. Metsä Fibre supply chain members work in three teams: Supply Planning, Sales Support and Logistics, each performing a specific function.
Innovation Days have always been a splendid opportunity for Metsä Fibre to get together with customers for brainstorming, but there is a great deal more to the company's new innovation process.
The number of wood-based bioproduct applications is growing rapidly, and now the R&D team of Hankkija Ltd has developed a new resin acid-based Progres® product for use in poultry feed. The aim is to promote animal welfare and secure a high quality food supply.
Issue 1/2014 / Solutions
A theme year has boosted bioenergy, but the work goes on.
Starting a papermaking machine is always a huge operation, and Metsä Fibre helps the customer by providing top quality fiber expertise at this crucial stage. The Botnia Start-Up Kit service concept was created for this purpose.
The Botnia brand involves a promise from Metsä Fibre to the customer, guaranteeing high quality products, technical expertise, smooth logistics, responsibility and value for money. This promise now also covers...
Created as a pulp industry by-product, crude tall oil is a versatile raw material that can be refined for a very wide range of uses, including detergents, inks, veneers and adhesives, with tall oil distillates even found in such surprising places as bread and wall coatings.