LignoTech Florida plant officially opened
Jacksonville, FL-based Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (RYAM) and Borregaard ASA, based in Sarpsborg, Norway, said LignoTech Florida, owned 45% by RYAM and 55% by BRG, officially began operations at their new lignin plant in Fernandina Beach on June 26, 2018. The plant had been in test operation for some time. At the time of opening, 600 tonnes had been delivered to US customers.
The $US110-million plant’s capacity is 100,000 dry tonnes (dt) of lignin with the option of a second phase to produce an additional 50,000 dt.
Lignin is a co-product of RYAM’s sulphite cellulose manufacturing process in Fernandina Beach. The new operation will process the lignin into value-added products that provide environmentally- friendly alternatives to fossil fuel-based products used in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.
Initially it was foreseen that the plant’s products would be sold primarily for construction industry applications. However, based on the inherent properties of the raw material, alternative markets have been identified and the construction segment’s share of sales is now foreseen to be below 50% in 2018.
RYAM specializes in cellulose-based technologies, including high purity cellulose specialties, a natural polymer commonly found in cell phones, computer screens, filters and pharmaceuticals. It also manufactures products for lumber, paper and packaging markets.
Borregaard Group produces biochemicals, biomaterials and bioethanol that replace oil-based products. Lignin constitutes about 50% of its turnover with plants in seven countries.