Bringing novel features to fibre webs by novel technologies and by introducing novel raw materials: increase in strength, good barrier properties, unique level of mouldability.
More intense competition in the paper market demands continuous product development or moving to new product segments. By using nanocellulose in paper and film production and foam-forming technology enables new business opportunities for companies in the fibre value chain.
New applications with foam technology
Two main advantages in foam forming technology are the possibility to manufacture highly bulky products and the possibility to produce very uniform structures. In addition to these, there is one advantage which has not yet been fully utilized – the possibility to mix different raw-materials. Compared to the conventional papermaking process, materials with very different density or dimension can be mixed uniformly in foam and formed to the end product. For example, long synthetic fibres, metal particles, or light plastic spheres can be mixed with wood fibres and totally new types of end products can be developed.
An example of a new product is a fibre-based bio-degradable cover material for agricultural use. This material can be left on a field after growing season.
Piloting of new material combinations
New material combinations can be developed on different scales starting from the laboratory and ending in a continuous pilot. Depending on material combination and manufacturing technology, either SUTCO-line in Espoo or SUORA-pilot in Jyväskylä can be utilized.