Stora Enso and Kolon Industries collaborate on biobased materials

March 30, 2023 |

In Finland, Stora Enso and Kolon Industries have signed an agreement to develop and industrialize bio-based polyesters and their applications, as well as renewable binder resin formulations. Application areas can cover, for example, packaging, car tire reinforcements, and films for high value-added products such as electronics, panels and displays, Stora Enso said. The development work will combine FuraCore by Stora Enso – a proprietary process for converting fructose into FDCA (Furandicarboxylic acid) via HMF (5-hydroxymethylfurfural) – and Stora Enso’s expertise in the packaging industry with Kolon Industries’ expertise in polyester and phenolic resin development as well as manufacturing for a range of applications. “This partnership is significant in that it enables the solidification of the foundation for building a new bioplastics ecosystem. We will continue to accelerate the development of sustainable polymer technologies for a greener environment,” said Sung Han, CTO of Kolon Group. “Together with Kolon Industries, we will be developing and validating commercially attractive formulations and applications based on FDCA-based polyesters and HMF-based resins. We look forward to partnering with a leader in the field for applying our elegant FuraCore technology. We share a vision for making future-proof materials that do good for people and the planet,” said Johanna Hagelberg, EVP, Biomaterials.

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