Stora Enso’s lignin wins IChemE award

Lineo™, a lignin-based product launched by Stora Enso earlier this year, has won the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).Innovative Product Award 2018.

Shortlisted alongside products from a range of companies including Dow and Johnson Matthey, the judges chose Stora Enso as the winner “for creating a new biobased, sustainable material to replace fossil-fuels used in coatings and adhesives”. IChemE recognized Lineo as a versatile solution made from lignin.

Lineo has applications in a range of areas where fossil-based materials are currently used. A renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, it can be used in resins for adhesives e.g. in plywood, OSB, LVL, paper lamination and insulation material.

Stora Enso is also researching new uses for Lineo including formaldehyde-free binders, carbon fibre and energy storage applications. The company has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila mill in Finland since 2015; the mill has a capacity of 50 kt/y. The company says it is the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

Stora Enso, www.storaenso.com

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