Almost a quarter of the dry mass of each tree is lignin, which is separated in the pulp production process and traditionally used as bioenergy through incineration. New, innovative uses of lignin, however, offer an effective way of reducing environmental impacts of different industries and dependency on fossil materials. UPM is a pioneer in decades-long research on the utilisation of lignin, in resins, adhesives, bioplastics and polyurethanes, for example. Since autumn 2017, lignin has been used as part of the WISA BioBond gluing technology in UPM Plywood’s production. As of today, lignin can replace approximately two thirds of the phenol typically used in the adhesive – and the target is to further increase this proportion.
Rottneros has appointed Ola Thomasson as Mill Director at Rottneros Mill. Ola most recently comes from Valmet, where he has held the position as Director Global Site Operations Tissue. He will take office no later than January 1, 2020 and will be part of the Rottneros Group Management Team.
“I am very pleased to welcome Ola to the position as Mill Director of Rottneros Mill. His solid experience as a leader and strong career in the pulp and paper industry in various production positions are excellent qualifications to take Rottneros Mill to the next level”, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros.
“I am extremely proud and very humble about being offered this role. Rottneros has a very long and interesting history. Thanks to all fantastic employees, Rottneros offers a wide range of products and a very close proximity to the market. It is all the talented people who make a difference every day. Together with the extensive investments made in recent years I see a great future for the mill, not the least as a very modern working place. I look forward to come on board as part of the team”, says Ola Thomasson.