Ecosystem of bioeconomy companies Ecosystem of bioeconomy companies

An ecosystem of bioeconomy companies


Industrial ecosystems created by Metsä Group and its bio-based partner companies make effective (100%) use of northern wood raw material, producing not only high-quality pulp, but also for example biocomposites and renewable energy, such as biogas.

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In addition to its existing bioproducts, Metsä Group is developing new bioproducts, particularly under Metsä Spring, its recently established innovation company. “It’s important that new bioproducts are developed and the forest industry product portfolio is expanded in Finland. Metsä Spring is taking the forest-based bioeconomy and circular economy to an entirely new level and is actively developing new business concepts in cooperation with experts in various fields,” says Niklas von Weymarn, CEO of Metsä Spring.

These co-developed bioproducts of the future are a strong indication of the forest industry’s ability to renew and offer sustainable alternatives that can be used to replace fossil raw materials.

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Metsä Group’s industrial ecosystems create considerable synergy benefits for bioindusty businesses.

"The connection between our processes is a lifeline that provides us with the right amount of raw material at the right time – in the most inexpensive and ecological manner."

TERO MÄKI|ECO ENERGY

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Symbiosis creates significant benefits and opportunities

Metsä Group’s industrial ecosystems are creating new business operations across sectors. In addition, they offer small and medium-sized bio-based companies a unique opportunity to manufacture innovative bioproducts next to a world-class industrial plant.

One example of the partners within the ecosystem around Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is EcoEnergy SF, which produces biogas and biopellets from sludge from the mill’s wastewater treatment facility. Sludge generated during pulp production used to be regarded as waste that needed to be disposed of by burning it. Today, it is directed through pipes to the EcoEnergy plant, and is used for biogas and biopellets. The plant is the first one of its kind in the world.

According to Tero Mäki, Managing Director of EcoEnergy SF, the company benefits greatly from its symbiotic relationship with a major bioproduct mill, particularly in terms of logistics. “The connection between our processes is a lifeline that provides us with the right amount of raw material at the right time – in the most inexpensive and ecological manner.  We can use renewable energy and water produced by the bioproduct mill, without major investments. This makes our operations competitive. Without these commodities, our financial operating model would be entirely different,” says Tero Mäki.

“In Äänekoski, things work and our discussions are always carried out in a good spirit and we are on the same level, despite the enormous differences in size between the plants. I appreciate this very much,” says Tero Mäki.

     
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Easier logistics and a smarter approach to ecology 

Markku Nikkilä, Managing Director of Elastopoli Oy, the company behind Aqvacomp, agrees with Mäki. “Industrial ecosystems created around pulp production offer many opportunities and synergy benefits for bio-based companies,” says Markku Nikkilä.

      

”Manufacturing biocomposite next to a bioproduct mill makes more sense, both logistically and ecologically.”

MARKKU NIKKILÄ|ELASTOPOLI OY

Aqvacomp manufactures biocomposite in the Rauma bioproduct mill area by combining plastic with pulp, which is used to reinforce the biocomposite. According to Markku Nikkilä, manufacturing biocomposite next to a bioproduct mill makes more sense, both logistically and ecologically.

“The direct connection between the mills also impacts the quality of our end product, as well as our energy consumption, as the pulp fibre used in our biocomposite can be mixed with the plastic while the pulp fibre is still wet, which saves energy and ensures consistent product quality,” Nikkilä closes.

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Intelligent wood fibre is a raw material of the future.

For further information, please contact:
Niklas von Weymarn
CEO, Metsä Spring
Tel. +358 40 547 6977

Visit the Metsä Spring website