To meet an increasing demand for sustainable alternatives to petro-based solutions, Norner will increase the technology focus on green polymer chemistry and have appointed Dr. Siw Bodil Fredriksen as Advisor within this strategic area.
Dr. Siw B. Fredriksen has broad experience from catalyst development and scale-up, polymer technology and product development from international petrochemical companies. In Norner, she has been focusing on technology development enabling the use of CO2 as a feedstock for polymers and other green solutions like bio based raw materials, biopolymers and biodegradability in addition to new materials for the oil and gas sector.
“As an industrial technology partner Norner aims at contributing strongly in the sustainable industry domain with broad technical and commercial insight in the value-chain from raw material to implemented solutions. In order to develop our global project portfolio further and continue our industrial success in this field, Siw B. Fredriksen’s new position will be a key for Norner’s future growth taking a lead in developing the green polymer industry”, says CEO Dr. Tine Rørvik.
Norner is an independent plastics institute with more than 35 years of industrial experience. Key customer segments are the polymer industry including catalysts and additives and the downstream sector of oil and gas, packaging, building and infrastructure and transportation. The institute’s expertise and extensive laboratory are utilized by the clients for development projects, technical studies, laboratory services and strategic consulting.
Since the establishment of Norner in 2007, the institute has been engaged in a variety of projects for developing more sustainable solutions to global challenges. Examples are technology to utilize carbon dioxide for polymers, lightweight and recyclable materials for wind energy, new degradable soil cover films, façade materials with less energy loss for buildings, wood composite polymers from renewable sources and new chemicals from bio waste to mention some. These developments have partly been made through own initiatives, but also in collaboration with a variety of Norwegian and European companies.
Source: Plasticker, 2014-11-04.