Holmen's Israel-based start-up Melodea signs agreement with Klabin to develop crystalline nanocellulose

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Holmen's Israel-based start-up Melodea signs agreement with Klabin to develop crystalline nanocellulose

February 09, 2018 - 09:31

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 8, 2018 (Press Release) -Israeli development company Melodea, which is partly owned by Holmen, has signed an agreement with Brazilian forestry company Klabin as a new partner so that it can continue to develop nanocellulose.

Melodea is a small, world-leading Israeli development company that for almost ten years has been developing crystalline nanocellulose, a fibrous material made of wood that is much stronger and more impermeable than regular paper or paperboard. A pilot facility for production of nanocellulose will soon be brought online outside Örnsköldsvik in the north of Sweden.

Holmen has been a partner in Melodea since 2012, with almost a 40 per cent stake in the company. Nanocellulose is an interesting material that could be used in Holmen’s products, including as a barrier material on paperboard. It means that the paperboard can be made fully impermeable without using plastic film or aluminium foil. 

“It suits us very well to have a further owner in the consortium. Holmen has put significant resources into immediate development work and the new pilot facility,” says Ola Schultz-Eklund, Technology Director at Holmen.