CONTRIBUTIONS TO PROJECT
Development of process and establishment of a demonstration plant for manufacturing of cellulosic nanofibres.
Production of various grades of nanofibers for applications in thermoplastic composites.
Technical development of compounding solution of nanofibers in a polymer matrix system.
Step change improvement and optimization of recipes and process in composite properties.
Pilot demonstration and up-scaling at an industrial unit.
Preparing a preliminary market study for defined application area(s).
EXPERIENCE AND FACILITIES
Borregaard is the world's leading supplier of wood-based chemicals, and holds also strong positions within Ingredients, Fine Chemicals and Energy. Borregaard’s manufacturing plant in Sarpsborg is considered to be the world’s most advanced bio-refinery in operation today. The leading position has been achieved over more than a century of development, by offering a range of increasingly specialised, value added products based on the different components in wood. Borregaard is the leading supplier of specialty cellulose (used for further chemical processing by the customers), is the global leading lignin supplier with approx 50% market share, and the only producer of vanillin from biomass. Borregaard has been producing ethanol by fermentation of wood sugars since 1938, and is today transforming more than 90% of their biomass feedstock to marketable chemicals, the final 10% of the biomass used for internal energy production.The company has undergone a dynamic period of growth in this field in recent years, driven by product and market development and substantial investment in expansion. The R&D department of Borregaard consist of 60 persons and there is a broad range of facilities available in terms of different unit operations in lab and pilot scale (reactors, filtration and drying equipment etc) together with advanced analysing techniques (NMR, HPLC, Rheometers etc).Borregaard is now a leading global player in wood based chemicals and other related niche markets. Strong innovation efforts and global presence ensures increased specialisation and value added for the customers.