30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals sneak preview: Borregaard Industries

May 26, 2011 |

Note to Community members: Welcome to the sneak preview of the 30 Hottest Companies in Renewable Chemicals competition. This month, we are profiling nominees (not winners). Below, we are asking you to rate the companies. Digest Community member ratings will form 33 percent of the overall ballot for this years Hot 30.

Company name: Borregaard Industries

Company description:

Biorefinery, main site in Sarpsborg, Norway. Production sites in South Africa, Brazil, USA and several countries in Europe.

Address (head office):

PO Box 162

NO-1701 Sarpsborg


Year Founded: 1887

Chief Executive Officer and contact email: Per A Sørlie

Annual Revenues: 640.000.000 USD

Major Investors (if a public company, please provide trading symbol and exchange).

Orkla ASA

Type of Processing Technology(ies) :


Lignin specialty chemicals, specialty cellulose, vanillin made from spruce, 20 mill liter 2.generation ethanol


Spruce, eucalyptus

3 Top Milestones for 200910

Have developed process and market for microfibrillar (nano) cellulose

Have developed process for production of lignin specialty chemicals and bioethanol from agricultural waste

Build and operate process steam plant for Sarpsborg Site fueled by municipal waste

3 Major Milestone Goals for 201113

Build and commission microfibrillar cellulose Pilot Plant for Pharma and Food applications

Build and commission microfibrillar cellulose Pilot Plant for Industrial applications

Build and commission Pilot Plant for production of 2G bioethanol and lignin specialty chemicals from agricultural waste

Business Model: Owner/operator

Competitive Edge(s): Worldwide leader in lignin specialty chemicals, strong Innovation and R&D activity (60 researchers, 25 with a PhD)

Distribution, Research, Marketing or Production Partnerships or Alliances. Major stakeholder in Project EuroBioRef (http://eurobioref.org/)

Stage Commercial, but several new projects/products entering Pilot phase (see above)

Projected production volume for 2011:

700.000 tons

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