Textile fibre from paper-grade pulp
For this project, Metsä Spring and Japanese Itochu Textile Company have established a joint venture. The aim of the new company is to demonstrate a new environmentally-friendly technology to produce textile fibres (staple fibres) from sustainable Northern wood. This requires building first a greenfield, semi-industrial production plant.
Hence, the ‘demo plant’ will be built in Äänekoski, Finland, next to Metsä Group’s first bioproduct mill. When the plant is ready (est. late 2019), the actually demonstration, which is estimated to last 1-2 years, can begin. The technology to be demonstrated is developed utilising a unique knowledge platform, which has been built by Aalto University (Finland), TITK (Germany), University of Helsinki (Finland) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
The technical engineering outcome is a result of in-depth collaboration between leading European engineering and chemical companies as well as machine suppliers. The demo project and the earlier development work is/has been co-financed by Business Finland. The earlier development work has also been co-financed by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking.