Domtar invests in Prisma Renewable Composites, LLC

Fort Mill, SC-based Domtar Corp. has acquired a majority interest in Prisma Renewable Composites, LLC which develops advanced materials from lignin and other natural resources.

With its investment, Domtar will help to commercialize the use of lignin to make engineered plastic compounds such as acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and other high-value fibre and lignin applications.

Lignin — a byproduct of the kraft pulping process — has traditionally been burned to provide energy to a mill. However, it also has the potential for use in a wide range of industrial applications as a sustainable and bio-degradable alternative to petroleum and other fossil fuels. Domtar recently installed a demonstration plant in Ontario, Canada, to show how lignin pellets can be a bio-alternative to plastic, chemicals and other petroleum-based products.

Prisma, a spin-off of TennEra, LLC, operates between academia and industry, and has licensing agreements with both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. Prisma’s technology includes lignin-derived thermoplastic co-polymers, polymer blend compositions and lignin-acrylonitrile polymer blends. Its patented lignin fractionation process, evolUTIA™, creates very pure lignin and cellulose streams.

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