Stora Enso announced that it will build a pilot facility for producing Cellufoam™ by Stora Enso, a lightweight, fiber-based foam material for protective packaging and cushioning.
The pilot plant will be located at Stora Enso’s Fors Mill in Sweden.
According to Stora Enso, the initial target application for Cellufoam will be the protective packaging of fragile products, for example in consumer electronics. Bio-based foams also have the potential to replace polymeric foams in a range of markets and applications where the demand for sustainable materials is increasing, such as sports equipment, thermal insulation in shipments, and as a growth medium in soil-free farming, among other areas.
Stora Enso’s pilot plant aims to evaluate and validate Cellufoam as a packaging foam in customer tests and to further develop the production process. The new pilot plant will be part of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division.
The design and engineering of the pilot facility will start immediately. It is estimated that the plant will be ready in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Decisions about commercialization will follow, after evaluating the results of the pilot-scale production.
Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions, and paper. To learn more, please visit www.storaenso.com.
SOURCE: Stora Enso