“We believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”
Stora Enso, a Finnish leader in renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper globally have officially launched their bio-based lignin product, LineoTM. Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree and makes up 20-30% of the composition of wood. Yet it has traditionally been discarded by the pulp and paper industries. However, Stora Enso is one of those companies that has recognised the potential of this versatile raw material, which can be used in a range of applications where fossil-based materials are currently used. Lineo is now available to companies seeking more sustainable, bio-based alternatives.
Lignin is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material.
Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “Having increased our lignin focus in recent years, we’re delighted to launch Lineo. Lignin is a non-toxic raw material with traceable origin and stable cost structure, and bio-based Lineo is ideal for companies looking for alternatives to oil-based products. We believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”
Stora Enso have some 26,000 employees in over 30 countries, and achieved sales in 2017 of over €10billion and has been producing lignin at industrial scale since 2015 at its Sunila pulp mill in Finland (pictured above) . The mill’s capacity is 50 000 tonnes of lignin per year, making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world. Stora Enso is already selling Lineo to replace phenol, and the company is also looking at many other applications for this very versatile material.
A stable, free-flowing brown powder, Stora Enso’s ( @storaenso ) lignin is separated during the kraft pulping process of Nordic softwood. Lineo has a high dry content, superior dispersibility and long storage time. With a higher reactivity and purity, Lineo is consistent from batch to batch and Stora Enso can supply different levels of dryness, according to customer demand.
Their biomaterials division offers a variety of pulp grades to meet the demands of paper, board, tissue, textile and hygiene product producers. They also develop new ways to maximise the value extractable from wood, as well as other kinds of lignocellulosic biomasses. Sugars and lignin hold potential for use in applications in the specialty chemical, construction, personal care and food industries.
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