Stora Enso has announced an investment of EUR10m to construct a pre-commercial plant at Imatra in Finland for the production of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC).
The new type of renewable material will be used in existing and new unique fibre-based paper and board products, barrier materials, and other potential future applications.
Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen said the company will be able to develop lighter, stronger renewable packaging materials with MFC, and the new pre-commercial plant will enable the company to accelerate product concepts from the technology.
MFC pre-commercial plant serves as a proof point of Stora Enso’s intention to accelerating the development of the next generation of renewable materials.
The applications of the renewable material may be extended to replace existing fossil-based materials such as plastics and some speciality chemicals and aluminium, in the longer term.
Stora Enso hopes to start production at the plant by the end of 2011.