10 Januar 2008

UPM: Papermaking fibre and chemicals from non-wood materials

Licensing agreement for biorefining technology - first facility planned in China

The forest products group UPM and Chempolis Oy, a Finnish technology company, have signed a licence agreement on the use of a novel biorefining technology for the production of papermaking fibre and biochemicals. Agro residues and other non-wood feedstocks, such as straw and reed can be used as raw materials for pulp and biochemicals.

UPM investigates a possibility to build an industrial biorefinery utilizing agro residues in China. The biorefinery would be the first industrial facility using this technology in the world. The UPM Asia R&D Center plays a key role in the research for agro residues as the base for pulp production.

Non-wood materials include a number of cultivated and naturally growing plants such as agricultural residues, and they are available in abundance, for example, in highly populated countries that have a shortage of papermaking fibres.

The biorefining technologies, patented by Chempolis, do not employ sulfur nor chlorine chemicals. Low water consumption, low greenhouse gas emissions and minimization of other environmental impacts of industrial production are the main environmental benefits of the new method.

Mr Markku S. Korpela (Director)
Project Management
Tel.: 00358-400-15 04 69

Mr Tapani Kultaranta (Senior Vice President)
Pulp and Biofuel Business Lines
Chempolis Oy
Tel.: 00358-40-503 44 90

(Cf. news of 2007-05-31 and 2007-03-05.)

Source: UPM, press release, 2008-01-09.

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