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Key companies invest in nanocrystalline cellulose pilot plant in Sweden

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Key companies invest in nanocrystalline cellulose pilot plant in Sweden

June 01, 2015 - 19:45

ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK, Sweden, May 25, 2015 (Press Release) -MoRe Research, alongside Holmen and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden, is investing in nanocrystalline cellulose by building a pilot facility in Örnsköldsvik. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe and represents an important step, allowing interested companies to develop nanocrystalline cellulose from cellulose-based material on a large scale.

Nanocrystalline cellulose has many interesting material properties, and can be used for example as a building material, in biocomposites, printed electronics and dye additives. The operation in the pilot plant is based on technology developed by an Israeli start-up company Melodea.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for MoRe to be part of the development of nanocrystalline cellulose for commercial applications," says Stefan Svensson, President of MoRe Research. "Contributory reasons for the pilot facility being located directly adjacent to MoRe in Örnsköldsvik include our in-depth knowledge about cellulose, our wide-ranging experience of pilot operations and our extensive laboratory and analysis resources."

"The investment in nanocrystalline cellulose is important in order to realise sustainable material solutions and to advance the field of bioeconomy," says Maria Khorsand, CEO of SP. "We are helping to make the pilot facility an environment that is open to all. SP operates in many different sectors and will also be able to pave the way for commercially interesting applications beyond the forestry sector's traditional boundaries."

"Holmen is working actively to develop new products based on raw materials from our Swedish forests," emphasises Ola Schultz-Eklund, Director of Business Development and Innovation at Holmen. "Nanocrystalline cellulose is definitely an interesting material for the future."

"We are proud to support the implementation of Melodea's nanocrystalline cellulose production technology along with key players in the Swedish forestry and paper industries" says Yoram Shkedi, CEO of Melodea Ltd. "This is a major step towards commercialization of nanocrystalline cellulose in variety of applications".

Holmen is participating as a catalyst in the creation of the facility and in its role as a co-owner of Melodea. MoRe and SP will have central roles in the construction and operation of the facility, which is expected to be in place during the first half of 2016.

The plant is supported financially by Västernorrland County Administrative Board, Holmen, the Kempe Foundations, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden and the Önnesjö Foundation.

MoRe Research is a neutral and independent research and development company in the field of product and process development, mainly for the pulp and paper industry. The company used to be a part of the MoDo group. The focus areas are All the way (Hela vägen®), Analytical services, Biorefinery, Process Emergency and Education. MoRe Research is based in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden.

Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures paperboard, printing paper and sawn timber and runs forestry and energy production operations. In 2014 Holmen's net sales were SEK 16 billion and the group has approx. 3,400 employees. Holmen's shares are listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, Large Cap.

SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden is a leading international research institute with approximately 1400 employees. We work closely with our customers to create value, delivering high-quality input in all parts of the innovation chain, and thus playing an important part in assisting the competitiveness of industry and its evolution towards sustainable development.