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Stora Enso’s Non-toxic Lignin Receives Innovative Product Award from IChemE

Published on 2018-11-27. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Biobased Solutions    

Lineo™ by Stora Enso, a lignin-based product launched by the renewable materials company earlier this year, has been awarded ‘Innovative Product Award 2018’ by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

Replacing Fossil-Fuels with Sustainable Material

IChemE awarded Lineo™ with Innovative Product Award 2018

Shortlisted alongside products from a range of companies including Dow and Johnson Matthey, the judges chose Stora Enso as the winner “for creating a new bio-based, sustainable material to replace fossil-fuels used in coatings and adhesives”. IChemE recognized Lineo™ as a versatile solution made from lignin, one of the main building blocks of a tree.

Lineo™ by Stora Enso: A Wood-based Solution

Lineo™ by Stora Enso is a renewable, wood-based, non-toxic alternative to fossil-based materials. The lignin is separated during the kraft pulping process of Nordic softwood, pine and spruce.

It is a product family with the grades:
  • Lineo™Prime 
  • Lineo™Classic

Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015 and the mill has a yearly capacity of 50 000 tonnes. The company is the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

Applications in a Range of Areas

Lineo™ has applications in a range of areas where fossil-based materials are currently used. A renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, it can be used in resins for adhesives e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material.

Stora Enso is also researching new uses for Lineo™, including:
  • Formaldehyde-free binders
  • Carbon fiber
  • Energy storage applications

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “Lineo™ is one of Stora Enso’s key renewable solutions and we are proud that it has, once again, been recognized as an important product by top chemical industry representatives. Lineo™ has many potential uses across diverse industries and promotes the optimized use of natural and bio-based resources. At Stora Enso, we continue to believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”

Source: Stora Enso
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