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New work in the development of wood-based 3D products

Metsä Group’s innovation company Metsä Spring and Valmet have initiated a joint project for the development of a new wood-based 3D product to replace similar products made out of fossil resources, especially in consumer products like packaging. Source: Timberbiz

The joint project focuses on fine-tuning properties of the new environmentally friendly material and on developing a highly automated and digitalized manufacturing technology.

The aim of the project is to jointly analyse the technical and economic performance of the new concept and evaluate the prerequisites to build, in a potential next phase, a pilot plant integrated to existing pulp or board production in Finland.

“Our new product would be of high quality, safe, easily recycled and based on sustainably grown, renewable Northern wood. Should material recycling, for some reason, not be an option, the product is also biodegradable.

“Moreover, its manufacturing would be fully fossil free. We aim at large scale market segments, and our ambition level is high. Hence, we are optimistic about the potential of creating a new important value-add product for the Finnish forest industry,” Metsä Spring’s project lead Jarkko Tuominen said.

“Valmet is strongly committed to the development of solutions that support sustainability. As a technology leader, we are in a first-class position to utilise our existing, unique technology and product development capabilities for the benefit of projects like this. A collaborative project with our customer is an excellent way of advancing development in concrete steps,” Petri Rasinmäki, head of the Board and Paper Machines Technology Unit at Valmet said.

The start-up of a potential pilot plant could take place in 2021. If the pilot plant phase proves the concept viable, then the next step would be to construct a first commercial manufacturing line in the years ahead.