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Borregaard invests in production facility for microfibrillar cellulose

Monday, 1 December 2014

Borregaard’s Board of Directors has decided to invest in a facility for the production of microfibrillar cellulose (MFC).

The commercial scale facility will have an initial design capacity of 1000 tonnes per year with a potential for expansion. Source: Borregaard

The commercial scale facility will have an initial design capacity of 1000 tonnes per year with a potential for expansion. Source: Borregaard

The plant will be built at the Borregaard site in Sarpsborg, Norway. The investment is estimated to EUR 26,5 Mio. The project is based on new innovations related to the product itself as well as to the production process and the applications. "Exilva MFC" is based on natural and renewable raw materials. It has the potential to replace products derived from petrochemicals, and it also represents an opportunity to exchange organic solvent systems with water based solutions. In total this will lead to considerable positive environmental effects.

Raw material is split into a network of fibrils

Borregaard’s project to develop MFC started in 2005, and the R&D work has partly been carried out in a pilot plant. The development work has taken place in close cooperation with potential customers. The raw material, specialty cellulose, is split into a complex network of fibrils with the use of proprietary technology developed as part of the project. It has a broad set of characteristics, including rheology modification, stabilisation, texture modification and water retention. It can therefore find its way into valuable and novel applications in a variety of products such as adhesives, coatings, composites and other industrial formulations.

The commercial scale facility will have an initial design capacity of 1000 tonnes per year with a potential for expansion. Production is expected to start in the 3rd quarter of 2016.

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