R&D Breakthroughs in Biomaterials, Packaging and Media

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New gasification method turns forest residues to biofuel with less than a euro per litre

With a new technology developed in Finland lignocellulosic biomass can be used in the production of high-quality biofuels for the price of less than one euro per litre. It allows the transfer of more than half the energy of wood raw materials to the...

Emerging bioeconomy as a solution for South Australia’s declining forest industry

The South Australian State Government invited VTT experts to identify potential routes to increase the competitiveness of South Australia's forest industry. This included identifying new business opportunities suitable for local companies as well as...

Smart structures with smart utilization of cellulose- and starch-based materials

Bio-based products are often built with cellulose and starch derivatives. An effective production process utilizes latest know-how on relationships between the desired structures and properties of polysaccharides. Even though similar in their structu...

Bulky and strong board structure made of stiff mechanical pulp fibres and fines-glue from shives

A novel concept for producing high-bulk fibre products without losing z-directional strength has been demonstrated by VTT. This was achieved by mixing bulky fibres with heavily refined shives and starch. As a result, even 135% increase in z-strength...

VTT’s fibre value chain research creates value for both current and future forest industries

Experts from the industry and academia evaluated VTT's Fibre value chain research quality and impact in April 2013. VTT's focus on value creation from forest raw materials as the primary source for present and future processes and products was highly...

Create new services in media applications with Augmented Reality (AR)

Augmented reality (AR) adds attractive content to media products. This feature is seen as a great possibility for service innovation. Consumers have found the applications interesting, and they expect to see useful and beneficial application products...

New possibilities for ultrafine refining of side stream and fibre-based materials

The already extensive lab and pilot-scale facilities at VTT have been supplemented with new ultrafine milling equipment Ceren Miller DAU. This is the first commercial installation of the brand-new model and it is now available for VTT's customers....

Modelling of web tension formation gives tools for product optimisation

A model for web tension formation between the printing nips have been introduced and tested. It is a practical new tool for paper development especially when moving towards less expensive raw materials and/or lower grammages....

Foam forming @ 700 m/min

700 m/min is the new production speed record for foam forming at Suora pilot machine. Different types of products from very thin papers from 25 gsm to boards up to 150 gsm have already been produced and the selection is rapidly broadening while indus...

Smart paper producers involve their customers in the value co-creation of the future magazine

The future of magazines depends on the customer value (value in use) it offers, and it should be the starting point of the development of magazines. We wanted to unhide the development paths from the viewpoint of the service-dominant logic. This appr...

Material efficient foam coating development

SutCo surface treatment line at VTT Espoo is now equipped with a foam coating unit. This enables the R&D of novel product concepts utilising very thin coating layers. Depending on the substrates, transferred amounts can be even less than 1 g/m2....

Recent progress in wood-based biorefining backs up industry renewal

Biorefinery processes and novel wood-based products are in the core of forest industry renewal. A comprehensive overview on the current status and future opportunities in this area was recently given by the 4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference in H...

On the streets now: Wood-based biodiesel in fleet tests of automobiles

UPM, VTT and VW-Auto Group start fleet tests of renewable domestic diesel in Helsinki metropolitan area. Biofuel will be produced by UPM, fleet tests will be coordinated by VTT and cars will be supplied by VW-Auto Group. Fleet tests with UPM BioVerno...

Recycled fibre – a source of energy?

Today, recycled fibre is globally the most important papermaking raw material in terms of volume. A third of the volume of used paper that could potentially be used for recycling is just disposed of. Thus, recycled fibre can, and is expected to, furt...

Efficient sugar platform processes from biomass to biofuels

Biofuels can be produced from sugars of forest biomass or side-streams of wood processing industry. Forest biomass and side-streams are responsible and sustainable raw materials for fuel production. However, todays bioprocessing and utilization route...

Digital social reading services expand both digital and traditional reading

Whether you read your book in a physical or digital copy, social reading services help you to share your experiences and to get feedback and tips for further reading. VTT has studied the attitudes, needs and values of readers to different aspects of...

Tailored biobarriers and leakage indicators for safe food package

Barrier coatings and food indicator solutions for carton-based tray packages are being developed in a research project called "Safe food package solutions of future". The overall objective is to develop solutions for better usability and product safe...

Biodegradable nappies from recycled cardboard

The process developed by VTT enables recycled paper and cardboard to be used as a raw material for nonwovens. The manufacturing costs of cardboard-based nonwovens are around 20% lower than for nonwovens produced from wood raw materials....

VTT Research highlights in industrial biomaterials published

Industrial biomaterials 2009—2012 publication summarises the key findings and inventions developed during the VTT's Industrial biomaterials spearhead programme.  The programme focused on renewing industry by means of emerging technologies of material...

Nanosilica from mining side streams applied in ink jet paper coating

Nano-silica produced from the olivine of mining side streams has potential use in matt coating ink-jet papers. VTT verified that new matt coated silica papers have similar ink-jet absorption and print quality than papers produced with commercial coat...

Eurostar funding for SMEs - call open until April 4th

Eurostars Programme is a European Joint Programme dedicated to the R&D performing SMEs. Eurostars aims to stimulate these SMEs to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects. Its targets are the development of new products,...

VTT's inspiring technologies

New business opportunities are built on technological, functional and operational innovations. New innovative products are created with multi-technological competencies and R&D environments which cover the whole chain of operations from raw-mater...

VTT's expansion of the printed electronics production environment earns international award

VTT achieved recognition at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2012 Awards for its development of a pilot facility for large surface area component assembly and plastic-integrated electronics. VTT was declared winner of the Best Technical Developme...

Augmented Reality technology brings interactivity to print products

Augmented reality (AR) applications mix 3D virtual objects with a dynamic view of the real world. AR technology brings added value and interactivity to print products. By using AR, publishers may provide new kind of services to their readers and adve...

Great potential of Nano fibrillated cellulose (NFC) as an additive in paper making

Nano fibrillated cellulose (NFC) is one of the most promising nanomaterials for wide-variety applications. The SUNPAP -project has scaled up the NFC production processes from the lab scale, and adapted the nanomaterial for modern papermaking processe...

Fast laboratory drainage for paper structure and drainage studies

In a developed laboratory tester fast drainage is reproduced by utilizing high vacuum, similar to the vacuum levels applied on a paper machine forming section. The drainage process is monitored with dynamic sensors. In addition to getting more realis...

Brand experience as a tool for brand communication in multiple channels

We all see constantly different marketing messages delivered on various platforms and ways. With these messages, the brand owners desire to communicate their values to their customers. The messages needs to be inline with the chosen platform. The st...

VTT wins European innovation prize for a new bio-oil production technique

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland along with the energy company Fortum, engineering company Metso and forestry company UPM has developed a technique that enables the cogeneration of heating energy and bio-oil in the same power plant cost-effec...

Industrial Biomaterials seminar and webinar materials available

VTT held a seminar on Industrial biomaterials on 22.11.12 at Dipoli Congress Centre in Espoo, Finland. The seminar had total of over 130 participants from 10 countries and even more people and countries have joined in watching the seminar after that....

Xylanases as bleaching enzymes raise productivity and reduce cost in eucalyptus pulp mill

A collaborating research group tested various commercial xylanases and made a mill trial at a Brazilian eucalyptus pulp mill. The industrial conditions were harsh, including high temperature and high pH, which made these experiments unusual compared...

How to characterize thin foam coated nanoparticle layers

Foam coating technique is a promising method for applying a thin pigment layer of nanoparticles on a paper web. The measurability and characterisation, that are a basis for development, are however more challenging with these thin pigment layers than...

Season greetings!

Dear ForestTech member, We would like to thank you for your interest in VTT’s research and development activities. The ForestTech Industrial platform has now been nearly two years in operation and it has received a warm reception. We are especially...

Material efficiency to papermaking by stratification and chemical modifications

The material efficiency is the key word of today’s industry. This is also the case in papermaking, but proper tools have been missing. An extensive research on modifying fibre’s surface chemistry and paper’s structure was conducted in order to find t...

New biopolymer foam line for proof-of-concept trials

Biopolymer foams present an interesting eco-friendly alternative for example for food trays, car interior parts or insulation and structural parts in various building and construction applications. Flexible proof-of-concept trials are available as a...

Secure buildings and materials by advanced detection of microbes

For safe use of the materials in buildings and especially for good indoor air quality, the role of microbes is important. Security and well-being of users depend on prevention and control of microbes and organisms. Advanced detection and analysing me...

Industrial Biomaterials seminar and webinar

VTT is inviting you to participate in our seminar on Industrial biomaterials to be held on 22.11.12 at Dipoli Congress Centre in Espoo, Finland. The seminar will also be available as a webcast....

In which group do YOU belong? Your media consumption determines your type

In which group do YOU belong? Are you possibly a puritan, firmly on the social media bandwagon or all about mix-and-matching media? VTT’s research determines your type and clarifies people’s attitudes towards advertisements in different media channel...

Improve the smoothness/bulk relationship with a pure fines layer on the paper surface

One of the most desired targets of papermakers has always been to produce smooth papers with high bulk. One way to reach the target is by redistributing the fines from the base paper to the surface of the paper. This approach was studied with modern...

Biodegradable substrates can be used for printed electronics applications – nanocellulose composite demonstrated

In printed electronics, most of the components and structures are printed on substrates made of synthetic materials, such as plastics, ceramics or silicon. A micro/nanocomposite substrate, which consists of inorganic pigment fillers and nano-fibrilla...

Demonstrate and test your packaging materials and concept

The power of concrete demonstrators is becoming more and more important when developing new packaging materials and concepts. VTT can now offer services to cover the whole product development process from material development up to ready packages. Ou...

NEW PROJECT: SusFoFlex - Flexible printed intelligence and materials technologies in food packaging

The SusFoFlex project (Smart and sustainable food packaging utilizing flexible printed intelligence and materials technologies) will develop sustainable and intelligent packaging aiming at improving the shelf life of food, monitoring the quality of p...

Breakthrough in kitchen furniture production: biocomposites challenge chipboard

Biocomposites challenge chipboard as furniture material. Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a kitchen furniture framework material from plastic polymers reinforced with natural fibre. The new material reduces raw m...

Seize the opportunity to demonstrate and test your packaging materials and concepts

The power of concrete demonstrators is becoming more and more important when developing new packaging materials and concepts. VTT can now offer services to cover the whole product development process from material development up to ready packages...

Here they are: VTT’s new packaging materials as attractive demonstration packages

VTT has launched attractive demonstration packages to concretise the technology development. They have gained great interest from customers and media. Biobased barrier coatings, biobased films, ALD (atomic layer deposition) technology, translucent an...

VTT offers its papermaking research environment for SMEs

VTT offers its papermaking research environment for SMEs to develop papermaking processes potentially together with research institutes and large-sized enterprises (TESTAA-concept).New ideas can be evaluated for their industrial potential in an early...

VTT brings R&D highlights to ABTCP2012 in Sao Paulo

Meet VTT’s experts 9. - 11.10. at the booth 198 / 7C. We present services and technologies in the area of pulp and paper innovations, biotechnical and chemical processes, water technologies and bioenergy concepts. Learn also about our new philosophy...

Optimise the service life of wood products and buildings

The success of wood product development and building planning can be substantially improved with newly developed modelling tools. The new knowledge and models on the durability and service life of wood has been produced by cross-scientific approach c...

Facilitated co-design with users in the social media tool Owela

Bringing new products to the market, let them be media or packaging applications, includes always a risk of failure. Social media tools can be used to lower the risk by involving the consumers already in the beginning of the innovation process. VTT’s...

Biomass Sidestreams database

The “Biomass Sidestreams database”-project by VTT will deliver a practical tool for identifying European biomass sources. The tool will be utilised by the companies interested either in using different types of biomass in production, and also by thos...

Industrial biomaterials seminar and webinar

VTT is inviting you to participate a seminar on Industrial biomaterials held on 22.11.12 at Dipoli Congress Centre in Espoo, Finland. The seminar will also be available as a webcast....

Direct printing of packages demonstrated

Printing packages at the filling line will revolutionize the role of packaging as a marketing media. It will also have big influences on package logistics, warehouse costs and packaging chain as a whole. However, integration of printing in packaging...

New technology reduces energy consumption in mechanical pulping

Pre-treatment of wood chips by electron-beam irradiation enables energy savings in mechanical pulping. In tests with different wood species in TMP-refining the potential reduction in specific energy consumption varied between 25 and 40%....

Nanocellulose gave good runnability and improved strength properties in SUORA-pilot trials

The potential for using of micro and nanofibrillated cellulose as a reinforcing element in paper and board based packaging was tested in SUORA-pilot trials of UPM and VTT. Paper strength properties were improved. The runnability in the tests was foun...

Forestcluster Ltd is now Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC Oy

Forestcluster Ltd, the Finnish Strategic Centre for the forest sector, is expanding its activities from research focused on the forest industry towards the bio-based economy. As a result of the metamorphosis it is now Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC...

First industrial scale foam forming research environment for forest sector

VTT invests to new sustainable and added value fibre-based products for the forest sector Foam forming technology gives exciting opportunities to develop new recyclable and light weight wood fiber products. It also gives a possibility to decrease ra...

Print Media Future Outlook

Print Power and VTT are carrying out a study on how European consumers from 13 countries perceive print advertising. The objective of the study is to better understand the role of print products in the lives of Europeans. First results of the study f...

Download fibre Value Webinar 2012 materials

All materials of Fibre Value 2012 seminar on 17.04.2012 are now available. You can download the PDFs of the presentation slides by clicking the title of a presentation below. Webinar presentations can be seen from here....

Kraft fibres are good reinforcement for fibre composites

A study shows that normal kraft pulp fibres can offer high reinforcement capability and good mechanical properties for WPCs (wood plastic composites). The mechanical anchoring of kraft fibres to PA and PP matrixes was studied and the effects of refin...

Transparent plastic-like film material from birch fibril pulp

VTT Technical Research Centre and Aalto University have developed a pilot-scale method to manufacture microfibrillated cellulose film from UPM fibril cellulose. The method enables industrial scale roll-to-roll production of film from e.g. birch fibri...

Fractionation of Nanocellulose by Foam Filter

A novel fractionation method for nanocellulose using foam as a filter was invented in a project by VTT. Narrow channels (plateaus) between bubbles prevent the flow of coarse particles along the water, so that foam acts like a filter....

Decreasing the energy consumption of grinding

The energy efficiency of grinding can be increased by a novel grinding stone design. The new design comprises two zones: a pre-fatiguing zone and a shearing zone. Pre-fatiguing of wood was found to be a mean to reduce the energy consumption of grindi...

VTT’s process chemistry pilots have on open house in October 2012

VTT organises its customers 2-3.10. an open house event to present process industry's piloting possibilities, facilities and staff. Equipment suppliers are also present to give more details about the process machinery and devices. For Thursday 4.1...

Curtain coated samples effectively with small chemical amounts

In curtain coating a liquid coating colour curtain falls freely before impinging onto a moving paper web. Multiple coating layers can be coated simultaneously. VTT’s curtain stability tester, CurCo, is meant for testing runnability and stability of c...

VTT’s researchers were awarded again by the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize.

A research group consisting of researchers from VTT:n (Kristian Salminen, Janne Kataja-aho, Elias Retulainen & Timo Rantanen) and Åbo Akademi (Hanna Lindqvist & Anna Sundberg) was awarded by the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize in TAPPI PaperCon ...

Novel materials build completely bio-based and biodegradable packaging

The packaging demonstrators made in VTT’s Industrial Biomaterial program proved that making completely bio-based and biodegradable packaging from renewable sources is possible. Now we challenge industry to implement such products in their production....

Bio-based adhesives for environmentally friendly package and wood products

New challenges are faced by adhesive manufacturers through increase in the price of petroleum and request of low-emission chemicals. VTT has developed formulations on price-competitive adhesives based on natural and renewable raw materials for enviro...

Bio-based latexes for paper coating applications

The paper/board manufacturers target to replace the current oil-based products. Earlier VTT has developed starch and later hemicellulose based dispersions for paper coating applications. Now VTT has proven competence to polymerize novel latexes and t...

Novel polyesters for hotmelts and adhesives from black liquor

One major side stream in paper industry is the black liquor from kraft pulp process. Black liquor consists of numerous degradation products of polysaccharides among which up to 29 wt% of black liquor dry content consists of a broad range of different...

Sugar acids – Building blocks for a bio-based future

Several organic acids, e.g. acetic, citric and lactic acids are produced biotechnically in industrial scale. Production processes of novel sugar acids have been developed via efficient new biosynthetic pathways to suitable production hosts. In additi...

Biobased films and barrier coatings from hemicelluloses

Hemicelluloses may become readily available if the production of dissolving pulp increases significantly, eg. in case of wood-based fibres to replace e.g. synthetic textile and cotton fibres. Modification methods for the abundant natural polymers cel...

3D printing and additive manufacturing

3D printing and additive manufacturing creates exciting opportunities in several business areas in form of new product designs, material savings, faster product development etc. VTT supports its customers to take next steps from prototypes to produc...

Best inkjet print density without bleeding by optimized ink and coating interaction

Optimize your print quality and inkjet efficiency with novel information about dye-based inkjet ink imbibition into calcium carbonate (CaCO3) pigmented coatings. The competing mechanisms of liquid flow, absorption and adsorption, are seen as crucial...

Hemicellulose-derived films and coatings

VTT together with its partners have finalised a broad study on wood hemicelluloses. The current state-of-the-art enables, for instance, the production of transparent and flexible films from hemicellulose. Hemicellulose can be isolated from various p...

First Future Biorefinery (FuBio) programme report published

The Future Biorefinery (FuBio) research programme is one of the largest wood biorefinery R&D projects in Europe. The annual volume of the 5-year programme is app. 10 MEUR. FuBio is coordinated by Forestcluster Ltd, a Finnish Public-Private Partne...

Decreasing the energy consumption of grinding Dissertation abstract Ari Salmi

In this thesis the physical question what is the significance of fatigue for mechanical pulping is broken down into five sub-questions: 1) can we model the repetitive compressive loading in a controlled manner (e.g. controllable frequency,...

Fibre Value 2012 seminar recording available

Fibre Value 2012 seminar on 17.04.2012 collected over 130 participants, 50 participants in VTT’s auditorium in Espoo and over 80 viewers over the internet from all over the world to learn and discuss about the latest breakthroughs in packaging, print...

Improved runnability with xylan addition

The effects of cationized birch xylan on wet and dry paper mechanical characteristics was studied. The results made at laboratory scale showed that both initial wet web strength and tensile stiffness were significantly improved as cationized birch  x...

Bioeconomy Forum Finland

12 April 2012, Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13, Helsinki, Finland The Industrial Revolution reshaped the world into its current state. A philosophy based on unlimited resources and demand is, however, coming to an end, especially in term...

Atomic layer deposition of thin inorganic coatings onto renewable packaging materials

Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a potential solution for enhancing the barrier properties of polymers and especially those of biopolymers. This paper provides examples of our recent work concerning ALD of thin aluminium oxide onto polymers....

Smooth and flexible filler-nanocellulose composite structure for printed electronics applications

Printed electronics and intelligence applications are developed at a fast pace due to the high estimated market potential. Most of the applications are printed on plastic substrates. Here we present a new type of micro/nanocomposite substrate, which...

DRUPA 2012

DRUPA 2012: VTT presents intelligent print products and sustainable solutions for printing materials.The international Print Media Fair, Drupa, takes place on the 3rd to 16th of May 2012 in Düsseldorf Germany (Please note that the closing date in the...

Service innovations in the value chain of printed magazines

Opportunities for renewal of the forest sector exist in innovative services e.g. in the value chain of printed magazines. The print media has faced serious challenges as digitalization affects the use of print products. In order to succeed in competi...

Companies to standardise nanocellulose viscosity measurements

The EffNet programme for the Forestcluster ltd. is developing energy-efficient and resource-efficient paper and board manufacturing technology, making use of nanocellulose, among other things. As part of this effort, Stora Enso, Kemira, UPM-Kymmene a...

World’s first pilot factory for printed intelligence industrialisation opened

The grand opening of the PrintoCent Pilot Factory for Printed Intelligence Industrialisation took place on 13 March. The PrintoCent productisation environment at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland premises in Oulu represents the most advanc...

Fibre Value-seminar by VTT ForestTech

You are warmly welcome to join the Fibre Value-seminar organised by VTT ForestTech on Tuesday 17.04.2012 to learn about the latest breakthroughs by VTT in packaging, printed media and biomaterials. The seminar is targeted for all parties in the val...

Eletrospinning forms nanoscale fibres

Electrospinning is a fascinating method enabling preparation of submicron and nanofibres from polymeric solutions. Today electrospun fibres are commercially produced in filtration applications, it is widely studied for wide variety of applications wo...

Service possibilities in the value chain of printed magazines

This paper aims to present possibilities for a renewal of the forest sector through innovative services in the value chain of printed magazines. The forest industry faces serious problems as digitalization affects the use of print products. In order...

VTT Symposium on Service Innovation

Services are playing an increasingly important role in present society, constituting the major part of economic activities. For several years, VTT has been a central developer of services and, in many sectors, taken the lead in service research in Fi...

Additional value for packages with Hybrid Media

The packages are expected to carry ever more information in a limited space. One solution is hybrid media, i.e. printing intelligent elements on the packages and obtaining the information with a reading device. VTT studied the best ways to produce ad...

Consumer demand for information accessible through automatic identification

Automatic identification can give benefits in the form of cost savings, new business opportunities, additional value to existing business and increased customer loyalty to all players in the value chain. Available technologies are 2D bar codes, digit...

Owela, Online Co-creation with End-Users

Customers and users play a major role when looking for innovation outside a company’s boundaries and represents huge innovation potential....

Industrial scale foam forming research environment for the forest sector

Foam forming technology gives exciting opportunities to develop new recyclable and light weight wood fiber products. It also gives a possibility to decrease raw material and production costs remarkably compared to recent technology. VTT Technical Res...

Safety throughout the food chain

VTT develops technologies and know-how to improve the quality and safety of foods and beverages throughout the food chain. VTT’s solid understanding of the behaviour of microbes and food matrices, as well as factors affecting product safety serve as...

VTT technology gives the product package a voice

As the proportion of senior citizens grows, their special needs are gaining momentum. Human eyesight, for example, weakens with age. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been developing new NFC (Near Field Communication) -based applications t...

A methodology for identifying the right opportunities for a forest biorefinery

Forest biorefinery is considered as potential future business for traditional forest industry. The current pulp and paper (P&P) industry’s weak competitiveness and external, often political, pressures make the investment decision making challengi...

The printed newspaper is, on average, a more ecological news media than a website

The printed newspaper is, on average, a more ecological news media than a website. This conclusion is based on a comparison of the environmental impacts of one hour of consumption of each media channel. However, taking into account actual usage volum...

VTT introduces an ecological light scattering film for brand protection, packages and consumer products

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed printable holographic-like film technology for plastic-based and fibre-based packages, enabling cost-effective and environmentally friendly dynamic printing. This allows wrappings, mobile phones,...

Smooth and even cellulose-lignophenol films

Dissolved cellulose was contacted with dissolved linear or slightly branched lignophenol polymers in alkaline solution, and films were formed through precipitation. Lignophenol is a polymeric lignin derivative isolated from wood meal, and due to its...

Transparent plastic-like packing material from birch fibril pulp

VTT Technical Research Centre and Aalto University have developed a method which for the first time enables manufacturing of a wood-based and plastic-like material in large scale. The method enables industrial scale roll-to-roll production of nanofib...

Announcement “Future of Printing” – VTT’s Open Call for project participants

Based on the findings of the project ”Future of European Printing Industry”, VTT is now ready to launch a set of R&D projects aiming to increase the future profitability of the European printing industry. The project themes were introduced in the...