This morning, the Cacia industrial complex officially opened the extension to its pulp mill, the result of an investment project worth € 56.3 million which is set to boost the Group's annual exports to more than 120 countries by a further € 30 million. This capital project has increased the production capacity at the mill by 20%, from 294 to 353 thousand tons of paper pulp per annum, accompanied by an increase in production of renewable energy of around 9%, to a total of 336.7 MW/year. In the afternoon, AMS officially opened its new tissue paper production line at its plant in Vila Velha de Ródão, which was taken over by the Portucel Soporcel group at the start of this year. This expansion project involved investment of € 39 million and has created 70 new direct jobs, doubling the production capacity of the plant, which is now set to increase exports by around 40% and EBITDA by 72%. Purchasing around 40% its supplies from local companies, the new mill has increased its factory floor space from 40,000 m2 to 70,000 m2 and is fitted with the latest environmental technologies which will allow it to cut CO2 emissions by 22,000 tons/year.
LineoTM by Stora Enso, a lignin-based product launched by the renewable materials company earlier this year, has been awarded ‘Innovative Product Award 2018’ by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).
Shortlisted alongside products from a range of companies including Dow and Johnson Matthey, the judges chose Stora Enso as the winner “for creating a new bio-based, sustainable material to replace fossil-fuels used in coatings and adhesives”. IChemE recognised LineoTM as a versatile solution made from lignin, one of the main building blocks of a tree.
LineoTM has applications in a range of areas where fossil-based materials are currently used. A renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, it can be used in resins for adhesives e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. Stora Enso is also researching new uses for LineoTM, including formaldehyde-free binders, carbon fibre and energy storage applications.
Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015 and the mill has a yearly capacity of 50 000 tonnes. The company is the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.
Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “LineoTM is one of Stora Enso’s key renewable solutions and we are proud that it has, once again, been recognised as an important product by top chemical industry representatives. LineoTM has many potential uses across diverse industries and promotes the optimised use of natural and bio-based resources. At Stora Enso, we continue to believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”