At the 11th edition of the World Bio Markets (WBM) conference in Amsterdam, Stora Enso was awarded Bio-Based Brand of the Year for its ongoing biomaterials transformation. Arno van de Ven, Senior Vice President, Innovation in Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division, also gave a keynote speech on the company’s recent work developing innovative products and services based on wood and other second-generation biomass.
Traditionally a pulp and paper company, Stora Enso has increasingly focused on producing second-generation biochemicals and biomaterials through its sustainable extraction processes in order to provide novel products for new markets.
Shortlisted alongside Ikea and GFBiochemicals in WBM’s Bio-Based Brand of the Year category, the judges recognised Stora Enso’s impressive new business platform based on biomass. Stora Enso was eventually chosen as the winner at a special ceremony at WBM 2016.
“This award shows that industry is recognising our efforts to transform from a pulp and paper company into a renewable materials company”, said Kirsi Seppäläinen, SVP, Communications, Stora Enso Biomaterials division, in her acceptance speech. “And the journey continues,” she concluded.
About Stora Enso Biomaterials
Stora Enso Biomaterials is a provider of pulp grades to meet the demands of various paper, board and tissue producers. The offering also includes fluff for hygiene applications and dissolving pulp for the textile industry. The mission of Stora Enso Biomaterials is to find new, innovative ways to maximise the value extractable from wood, as well as other kind of ligno-cellulosic biomasses. Through innovation, the aim is to develop into a cost and performance differentiated renewable biochemical company offering drop-in and new materials into existing and new industries to Stora Enso.