VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is the leading research and technology company in the Nordic countries. Our research and innovation services give our partners, both private and public, all over the world a competitive edge. We pave the way for the future by developing new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services.
We create technology for business – for the benefit of society.

Multidisciplinary experts work together to help customers and partners create new products, production processes, methods, and services. In doing so, promote sustainable development, employment and well-being. The broad network of co-operators means access to customers to the best knowledge worldwide. We can also offer top of the line research facilities and a wide range of IPR and licensing services.

Link to website: www.vttresearch.com/

VERTECH GROUP

VERTECH GROUP is a leading French environmental engineering SME. It create value by supporting organizations to improve their sustainability performance, minimizing their impact on the environment. The company is based in Nice, in the French EcoValley, an example of a real sustainable urban environment. VERTECH GROUP is also present in Madrid, Spain, with future expansion plans. VERTECH GROUP is member and constant speaker of many international platforms, such as:

  • Member of the Education Committee of the forum for Sustainability and Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI)
  • Member of the Sustainable Recycling Industries, from the World Resources Forum.
  • Member of the French Life Cycle Assessment network
  • Member of the Indian LCA Alliance
  • Member of the Ibero-American Life Cycle Network and its technical committee.

The company contributes with the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle initiative. Full Member of the SPIRE platform (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency). Full Member of the Bio based industries consortium Technical member in the ISO IWA 19: 2017: Guidance principles for the sustainable management of secondary metals. VERTECH GROUP participates actively in R&D projects. in different sectors: Energy, Waste, Water, Building & Industry and Materials.

Link to website: vertech-group.com

Fortum

Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. With core operations in 10 countries, Fortum employs ca. 9,000 professionals. Fortum’s key markets are the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland, and India. Fortum’s organisation consists of four business divisions: Generation, City Solutions, Consumer Solutions and Russia. Fortum has 128 hydro power plants as well as 26 combined heat and power (CHP), condensing and nuclear power plants. Globally, the company supplies heat in 22 cities and towns and has five main waste treatment facilities. In 2017, sales were EUR 4.5 billion. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. At the end of 2017, the Finnish State owned 50.76% of the company’s shares.

Fortum’s updated strategy includes a series of actions and restructuring to broaden the use of recycled and bio-based raw materials. Bio2X program represents the largest growth platform for biomass valorization at Fortum, where the environmental and climate sustainability megatrends are combined with resource-efficient new technologies.

Link to website: www.fortum.com

Metsä Fibre

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy whose main raw material is wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Fibre’s bleached softwood and birch pulps have been developed for manufacturing high-quality boards, tissue and printing papers, and speciality products.

In addition to pulp, Metsä Fibre makes other bioproducts from by-products: biochemicals and energy. These account for around 10 per cent of Metsä Fibre’s sales of EUR 1.6 billion. We produce pulp and other bioproducts at four mills in Finland: Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma and Äänekoski, which have a combined production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes.

Metsä Fibre also has six sawmills in Finland and Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia. In August 2017 Metsä Fibre started up a next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, which is the largest investment ever made by the Finnish forest industry. Metsä Fibre is a part of the Finnish forest industry group Metsä Group. Metsä Fibre is owned by its parent company Metsäliitto Cooperative, Metsä Board and Itochu Corporation.

Link to website: www.metsafibre.com

The ANDRITZ GROUP

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,500 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment.

Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboards (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also allocated to the business area.

Link to website: http://www.andritz.com/

ST1 Oy

St1 is a Nordic energy group whose vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. The company researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy solutions. St1 consists of two sister groups: St1 Nordic focuses on fuels marketing activities in Finland, Sweden, and Norway and on renewable energy solutions such as waste-based advanced ethanol fuels and industrial wind power. Company has 1400 St1 and Shell branded retail stations in Finland, Sweden and Norway. The sister group St1 Group focuses on oil refining. Headquartered in Helsinki, the company employs currently more than 700 people in Finland, Sweden, and Norway.

Link to website: www.st1biofuels.com/company

COMPAGNIE INDUSTRIELLE DE LA MATIERE VEGETALE CIMV

CIMV was founded in 1998, in order to implement its biorefinery technology. It took the company ten years of laboratory work and the construction of the pilot plant in 2006 to develop and validate the process.

The pilot plant allowed to realize several series of process test runs in order to:

  • produce sufficient quantities of lignin, cellulose and sugar syrups for potential industrial partners in order to perform various tests   to ensure a commercial use;
  • optimize the process parameters and test equipment (engineering).
  • participate, as a technology and sample provider, at numerous European programs in order to develop the a bioeconomy.

The R&D team continues its research, targeting new chemical applications and pursuing its innovation quest toward patents and publications. The CIMV technology is protected by 11 patent family, filed in France and abroad.

Link to website: www.cimv.fr

BIOCHEMTEX

Biochemtex S.p.A. (CTXI) is an EPC Italian company (part of the chemical multination M&G Group), involved in the development of advanced and innovative technologies for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into biochemical and biofuels. Biochemtex belongs to the “green chemistry” business of the Mossi Ghisolfi Group. The Group, through M&G Chemicals, is one of the world’s leading producers of PET resin. The Group has operations in Brazil, Mexico, China, India, the USA and Italy. The company has a track record of 60+ years in process development and industrial innovation, successfully commercialized in hundreds of plants worldwide.

With a total investment exceeding 150 MM€ and over 8 years dedicated to research and development within the R&D center in Italy, Biochemtex created Proesa, a so-called “second generation” technology, which unlocks access to the fermentable sugars present in lignocellulosic biomass, for production of transportation fuels and other chemicals, thus lowering their GHG emissions, at competitive costs compared to fossil sources (i.e. oil and natural gas).

The first plant in the world for the industrial production of second-generation bioethanol was started up in Crescentino, Italy, at the end of 2012. At full capacity, the plant will produce 40,000 tons per year of alcohol, capable of converting lignocellulosic biomass from selected energy crops and residues into bioethanol utilizing proprietary process and component design, novel enzymes cocktail and high efficiency fermenting microorganisms. Beta Renewables (BETA) is a joint venture between Biochemtex, TPG and Novozymes, and it is the owner of the Proesatechnology, used to produce biofuels and chemical intermediates.

Link to website: www.biochemtex.com

VITO

VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research, is a leading European independent research and technology organisation in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. The multidisciplinary skills and technological know-how of VITO’s approx. 750 employees make this organisation a crossroads of research & development, where state-of-the-art technologies are successfully blended into practical applications.

The research is focused on five different programmes: sustainable chemistry, energy, health, materials management and land use.  Each programme is building up a strong base of knowledge and skills, resulting in innovative, customer-oriented research and a comprehensive range of scientific services for industry, governments and society.

 

Link to website: vito.be

DOW DEUTSCHLAND ANLAGENGESELLSCHAFT mbH

Dow connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow Construction Chemicals focuses on working closely with customers to identify what they need most—whether it’s innovative product development, greater efficiency or application expertise.

Bomlitz/Germany is a major production and R&D site of Dow Construction Chemicals. Dow is the largest producer of cellulose ethers for construction application on a global basis. Our strong R&D expertise covers drymix mortar and concrete applications and helps us to continuously serve the market with innovative products.

Link to website: de.dow.com/de-de