Norske Skog Saugbrugs develops new technology to produce better paper
Norske Skog has been granted NOK 7 million from Innovation Norway for the
establishment of a world-leading pilot plant for the development of
microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) or nanocellulose as it is also called. MFC has
several interesting applications, including as a new raw material in paper
production and as a possible reinforcement of plastic.
- If we succeed in producing MFC with this technology and use it in our paper
production, this could reduce our costs and make us more competitive in the
future. At the same time, the MFC competence will be useful for the entire
group, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
- The plant will be one of the largest in the world, and will most likely give
Norske Skog unique knowledge of how MFC can be exploited on a large scale, says
Roy Vardheim, Managing Director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.
The pilot project involves the production of MFC from thermomechanical pulp
(TMP), which is the main raw material for paper. The project is budgeted at NOK
14 million, of which Innovation Norway's funding share is NOK 7 million.
- Innovation Norway is keen to support future-orientated research and
development by Norwegian companies. In 2013, we received an additional grant to
promote innovation and competitiveness in wood-based industries, following good
preparatory work by the industry itself. We are extremely pleased with the
response to the announced funds. Norske Skog Saugbrugs was one of the companies
that took the opportunity to invest in exploiting nanotechnology in the
production of paper, says Toril MÃ¸lmen, Head of Innovation Norway, Region of
Oslo, Akershus and Ã˜stfold.
MFC has received much attention within forestry industrial research in recent
years. The material has special properties and can be used in a number of areas.
Manufacture of MFC takes place using high pressure treatment of thermomechanical
Oslo, 20 December 2013
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