Stora Enso’s bio-based product Lineo has been awarded ‘bio-based product of the year’ at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards 2018 ceremony, Amsterdam.
Shortlisted alongside products from Clean Plus Inc. and The Chemours Company, the judges recognised the potential of Stora Enso’s bio-based product Lineo, which is made from versatile raw material lignin. The bio-based material can be used in a range of applications where fossil-based materials are currently used.
Officially launched earlier this year, Lineo is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. Stora Enso has been industrially producing lignin since 2015 at its Sunila Mill in Finland. Sunila’s capacity is 50,000 tonnes per year, making Stora Enso the largest Kraft lignin producer in the world.
What is bio-based lignin?
- Lignin is one of the main building blocks of a tree and can therefore replace glue to make products 100% sustainable;
- Having traditionally been discarded by the pulp and paper industries, Stora Enso has recognised the potential of this versatile raw material, which can be used in a range of applications where fossil-based materials are currently used.
Markus Mannström, executive vice-president of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says: “We are delighted that Lineo has been recognised as an innovative, important bio-based product. Made from lignin, an abundant product and one of the main building blocks of a tree, Lineo is a step on the way to replacing petro-based products with renewable solutions. As we say at Stora Enso, ‘everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow’, and it is wonderful that this is being recognised by key industry representatives.”