Pulp and Performance Chemicals
Akzo Nobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. AkzoNobel Pulp and performance Chemicals is the world’s largest supplier of environmentally adapted bleaching chemicals for the forest products industry as well as a broad range of high-tech process chemicals for paper production. Akzo Nobel are consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability. To keep their lead they continuously work to increase resource efficiency and to offer sustainable products that enhance sustainability in their customer’s products and processes. The company currently has more than 2,400 employees at 35 production plants worldwide.
Akzo Nobel Pulp and Performance Chemicals contributes in the BioBUF project through oxidative treatment of lignin to produce valuable lignin derivatives.
Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry
Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry assists the project with industrial know-how in separation processes. The company also performs a basic market feasibility survey for the products planned to be produced within the BioBUF concept.
SP Processum AB was founded in 2003 and is now a leading biorefinery initiative both nationally and internationally. They mainly support and initiate research and development in the areas of biotechnology, energy engineering, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and sustainable raw materials. The priority areas of research are the production of green chemicals (by fermentation or chemical synthesis), materials and biocomposites, energy solutions, process development, generating value for side currents and solving waste issues at their member companies. Processum’s activities are funded with contributions from member companies Vinnova, EU, County Administrative Board in Western Norway, Västerbotten County, Örnsköldsvik Municipality, Umeå Municipality and RISE.
In the BioBuF project, SP Processum contributes with GROT that has been pre-treated with steam explosion technology in their pre-treatment reactor. SP Processum also provides other pilot equipment for the project as well as expertise in the biorefinery area.
Holmen Energi supplies the BioBUF project with unbleached thermo-mechanic pulp as an additional feedstock. Other important contributions are the company’s expertise in energy-related issues as well as in mechanical decomposition of lignocellulose.
Region Västra Götaland
The region Västra Götaland finances projects and initiatives that promotes a sustainable growth in Västra Götaland, and that is in line with the development strategy Västra Götaland 2020.
The region Västra Götaland co-finance the BioBUF project as it has a clear focus on the environment and climate.
Sveaskog is Sweden’s largest forest owner and sells sawlogs, pulpwood and biofuel. Sveaskog also works with land transactions and develops the forest as a venue for hunting, fishing and other nature-based experiences. Developing new business opportunities and applications for forest raw materials, wood products and forest areas is an important part of Sveaskog’s operations.
In the BioBUF project, Sveaskog contributes with GROT and expert knowledge in Swedish forestry.