VTT invests to new sustainable and added value fibre-based products for the forest sector
Foam forming technology gives exciting opportunities to develop new recyclable
and light weight wood fiber products. It also gives a possibility to decrease
raw material and production costs remarkably compared to recent technology.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, together with industry has started
setting up a new pilot scale technology platform for foam forming applications.
With foam forming technology it is possible to improve paper properties and
enable to manufacture high porosity, smooth and light weight products (e.g.
hygiene products, insulation materials and filters). It may be solution for
various printed intelligence, nano- or microcellulose applications.
"The foam forming technology requires significantly less water than
conventional paper and board manufacturing. In foam forming large amounts of
air is mixed to fiber furnish which makes possible to achieve unique product
properties. Technology reduces water and energy consumption while saving raw
material. Laboratory results from the Forestcluster programmes have shown
potential for remarkable fiber savings states Technology Manager Janne Poranen
New business opportunities for forest sector
At the beginning of this year VTT launched a KOTVA project targeting to
scaleup foam forming technology to SUORA. SUORA is a pilot-scale research
environment for fibre processes, developed in close collaboration with the
members of Forestcluster Ltd. SUORA offers cost efficient prototyping of
ideas, fast experimenting, and development of new process solutions. The
two-year KOTVA project has a budget of EUR 2 million and it supports the
national research strategy of the Finnish forest cluster. The forest cluster
has a target to double its turnover before year 2030. Half of the turnover is
expected to come from entirely new products.
In the KOTVA, VTT and the University of Jyväskylä combine their knowledge in
developing new production and measurement technologies for foam forming. Other
partners of the project are UPM, Stora-Enso, M-real, Metso, Kemira, Omya,
Wetend Technologies and Vision Systems, and the cities of Jyväskylä, Äänekoski
and Jämsä. The project is funded (EUR 917,778) by the European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF) via the Regional Council of Central Finland.
research environment for fibre processes - SUORA
forming research environment
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