Total European shipments of graphic papers in November 2020 were down 16.5% vs. November 2019 and were down 19.7% year-to-date. Total European shipments of newsprint in November 2020 were down 21.5% vs. November 2019 and were down 19.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of sc-magazine in November 2020 were down 14.7% vs. November 2019 and were down 18.5% year-to-date. Total European shipments of coated mechanical reels in November 2020 were down 22.1% vs. November 2019 and were down 26.8% year-to-date. Total European shipments of uncoated mechanical (improved & others) in November 2020 were down 5.9% vs. November 2019 and were down 8.3% year-to-date. Total European shipments of coated woodfree in November 2020 were down 22.1% vs. November 2019 and were down 26.0% year-to-date. Total European shipments of uncoated woodfree in November 2020 were down 6.7% vs. November 2019 and were down 13.7% year-to-date.
Stora Enso is today launching its latest lignin-based innovation, NeoLigno® by Stora Enso. NeoLigno is a fully bio-based binder system without formaldehyde and isocyanates, thus, providing healthier indoor and working environments.
Hazardous chemicals aren’t always visible to the naked eye, yet they may be in homes or products used every day. Stora Enso is on a mission to replace such products with renewable materials. The new binder NeoLigno demonstrates the unique properties and potential of lignin. Lignin is nature’s second most common macromolecule after cellulose. It is found in all plants and makes up to a third of the composition of wood. Lignin is a renewable raw material free from toxic substances and fully traceable to its area of origin.
NeoLigno is a bio-based, high-performing alternative for industries currently using fossil-based binders or hazardous chemicals. Initial target applications for NeoLigno are in particleboards and insulation materials used in the building and construction industry. Additional application areas are currently being investigated.
“We are taking the lead in creating a new era of natural binders for healthy everyday living. Companies are increasingly looking for safer and more natural materials to be able to offer high quality, fully bio-based end products to their customers. NeoLigno is based on lignin from our own production. With NeoLigno, our customers can develop products that are safer to make and use without compromising on technical performance,” says Lauri Lehtonen, Head of Innovation of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division. “NeoLigno has many benefits: It is free from formaldehyde and isocyanate; it is fully bio-based; and it offers high performance,” Lehtonen concludes.
Stora Enso has been producing lignin commercially since 2015 at its Sunila Mill in Finland.