Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins ‘Best Product Innovation’ at ICIS Innovation Awards

October 13, 2018 |

In Finland, Lineo by Stora Enso won ‘Best Product Innovation’ at the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018. Lineo, which was launched earlier this year and is made from lignin, can be used in a range of applications for which fossil-based materials are currently used. It is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, which are used in resins for adhesives, e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. In the future, Lineo can be developed into other types of binders and also used in carbon fiber and energy storage applications.

Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill since 2015 which has the capacity to produce 50 000 tons of lignin per year – making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, said, “We’ve received an overwhelmingly positive response from stakeholders since launching Lineo and we’re delighted it has been recognised as an innovative solution by top chemical industry representatives. It is another key renewable solution provided by Stora Enso, we continue to believe that: ‘Everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow’.”

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