Textile fibre from paper-grade pulp

STARTING DATE: October 01, 2018

The aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of a new environmentally-friendly concept, in which paper-grade pulp is converted into a novel Kuura ™ textile fibre (a lyocell-type staple fibre). The pulp in question is made by Metsä Group utilizing Nordic spruce and pine and the concept is based on integrating the textile fibre production to the entity making the pulp (i.e. to a bioproduct mill). Our aim is to meet the growing demand for textile fibres by introducing to the market an alternative to cotton fibres and other cellulosic fibres. The Kuura fibre does not result in microplastics problems. The fibre is recyclable and Metsä Group can trace back the material all the way to the local forests.    

At the heart of this project is a semi-industrial production plant (a demo plant) located in Äänekoski, Finland. The demo plant is integrated to Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill. The plant was started up in the end of 2020. The demonstration phase was then estimated to last about 2-3 years, but it is now clear that a bit more time is needed to compile all the details needed. Hence, based on the outcome of the demonstration project, Metsä Group will assess investing in a commercial factory and thus starting a textile fibre business. 

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