Scania launches stronger ethanol engine – easier for fleet operators to go green

Press Releases   •   Oct 02, 2018 06:30 BST

Truck manufacturer Scania, is now launching a new 13-litre ethanol engine for the next generation of trucks. Swedish biofuels company SEKAB, expects the engine to increase demand for bioethanol ED95, making it easier for fleet operators to lower their carbon emissions.

EU biofuels effort kicks off in Örnsköldsvik

Press Releases   •   Jun 28, 2018 06:50 BST

​Representatives from eleven European companies and universities gathered yesterday in the Swedish town of Örnsköldsvik, to kick-start the EU-funded project Rewofuel. The long-term aim is to lay the groundwork for many new biorefineries across Europe, using wood residues from the forest industry to produce biofuels.

SEKAB receives major EU funding to demonstrate the production of isobutene-derived gasoline and jetfuel from wood

Press Releases   •   May 22, 2018 09:09 BST

European financing package amounting to €13.9 million, of which €4.2 million for SEKAB. Industry consortium led by Global Bioenergies and bringing together SEKAB E-Technology, Graanul Invest, Neste Engineering Solutions, Repsol, PEAB, SkyNRG, Ajinomoto Eurolysine, IPSB, TechnipFMC and Linz University. Aim at converting softwood residues into isobutene derivatives for use in gasoline and jetfuel.

SEKAB’s Ylwa Alwarsdotter acknowledged by international magazine Il Bioeconomista

Press Releases   •   Mar 12, 2018 14:50 GMT

On International Women’s Day, the international web magazine Il Bioeconomista, acknowledges the women who have contributed most to the evolution of the bioeconomy. For the second consecutive year Ylwa Alwarsdotter from Swedish biofuels company SEKAB is one of the twelve women on the list.

SEKAB hires development engineer

Press Releases   •   Jul 10, 2017 08:25 BST

Adnan Cavka has been employed as a development engineer and project manager at SEKAB E-Technology. He has most recently been employed at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he worked as a researcher at the Department of Microbiology.

The ValChem project now starts to deliver sugar

Press Releases   •   Feb 14, 2017 08:38 GMT

The ValChem project, in which chemical and technology company SEKAB participates as one of four players, has now delivered the first larger quantities of sugar solution. The project develops and demonstrates how green chemical products can be produced using raw material from the forest.

Tomas Nilsson new CEO of SEKAB

Press Releases   •   Nov 03, 2015 08:36 GMT

Tomas Nilsson had been appointed new CEO and President of chemical company SEKAB. His previous position was that of Production Manager at SCA Obbola AB.

UPM and SEKAB in cooperation for forestry-based chemicals

Press Releases   •   Jun 25, 2015 08:30 BST

Bio- and forest industry company UPM is starting a major project aimed at demonstrating processes for the production of green chemical products using forest raw materials. SEKAB, the Swedish chemicals company, is participating contributing its technology to convert forest product residues into sugars and lignin. The EU is investing EUR 13 million in the project.

- It's fantastic that UPM is taking this initiative to create bio-based chemical products from a raw material that we have an abundance of in northern Europe, namely forests. We are proud to contribute to a project that could reduce oil dependency and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society, says Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President of SEKAB E-Technology.

The project is known as ValChem and it brings together expertise from companies in the forestry, chemicals and biotechnology industries. The aim is to demonstrate processes using by-products from our forests as the raw materials to produce chemical products contained in paints, coatings and personal-care items. The project lays the foundation for the full-scale production of bio-based products.

SEKAB's role in the project is to develop and demonstrate its technology, CelluApp®, which extracts the sugars and lignin from biomass such as wood and straw. The technology has been used previously to extract sugar for ethanol production. In the Valchem project the sugar will instead be converted into mono propylene glycol (MPG), which is a platform chemical for many chemical products. Lignin can be used to produce for example, glue and bio-plastics. The CelluApp® technology will be demonstrated in the Bio-refinery Demo Plant in Örnsköldsvik. All wood products used are sustainably produced and certified by PEFC and FSC.

- The ValChem project will play a significant role in the continued development and commercialisation of CelluApp® and we are delighted that UPM has chosen to work with us to develop new value chains for bio-based chemical products, says Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President of SEKAB E-Technology.

The project will run for four years with a budget of about EUR 18.5 million, of which EUR 13 million comes from EU funding. SEKAB's share of the agreement amounts to EUR 6 million .

- The ValChem project has great potential to become an alternative value chain to the oil-based one and to create new uses of European forestry resources. All parts of the process - the extraction of sugar from wood, the conversion to bio-MPG and the production of lignin-based chemicals - are well developed and are all leading edge, says Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of Bio-Based Industries Consortium in which UPM is included.

Four parties from four different countries are participating in Valchem. The major partner and project coordinator is Finnish UPM-Kymmene. The other parties are Swedish SEKAB, French Metabolic Explorer and German Technische Universität Darmstadt. Read more about the project and the various parties in UPM’s press release.

For more information:
Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President, SEKAB E-Technology, 070-206 07 72, thore.lindgren@sekab.com

Kristina Nilsson, Communications, SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals,
Kristina Nilsson, Head of Communications, SEKAB Biofuels & Chemicals, 070-274 99 01, kristina.nilsson@sekab.com

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Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials. We will achieve this through the ethanol we produce and import, turning it into biofuels in various forms and green chemicals.

​Bio- and forest industry company UPM is starting a major project aimed at demonstrating processes for the production of green chemical products using forest raw materials. SEKAB, the Swedish chemicals company, is participating contributing its technology to convert forest product residues into sugars and lignin. The EU is investing EUR 13 in the project.

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Locally grown plastics – is it possible?

Press Releases   •   Jun 24, 2014 09:39 BST

Locally grown plastics is a newly established, unique partnership that includes the entire manufacturing chain for bio- based plastics – from the forest industry to packaging producers. The project is cooperation between SEKAB, Sveaskog, Holmen, Södra, Borealis, Trioplast, Tetra Pak and SP Processum. SP Processum is the main project sponsor for this partnership.

Most of the plastics are today made from oil. In order to manage the transition to a sustainable society, we need to explore the possibilities for producing plastics from alternative raw materials, like biomass. The project locally grown plastics examine the feasibility of building a European industry, where the forestry biomass is collected and converted into bio-based plastic products, such as supermarket carrier bags or caps for Tetra Pak’s milk cartons. The majority of bio-based plastics are produced in Brazil, but no production of bio-polyethylene with forest origin exists today in the world.

”Locally grown plastics are an important step in the transition to a bio-based economy. The project can help to realize the potential of the bio-based industry” says Ylwa Alwarsdotter, Executive Vice President Market Development at SEKAB.

The project will identify and evaluate the conditions from a holistic perspective, where sustainability and economic aspects go hand in hand. The initiative puts together a value chain of Swedish companies starting from forest owners, pulp and paper producers, chemical industry and the converters producing the plastic packaging material.. The project will create a transfer of knowledge, where the company's skills within technology and business will help to examine a value chain with the bi-products from the forest as raw materials.

"There is a great interest in using biomass for chemicals and ethanol production in Southeast Asia, China and America mostly focusing on agriculture residues, so this is why it’s very interesting to now evaluate a value chain with forestry based biomass," says Thore Lindgren, Executive Vice President of SEKAB E-Technology AB.

Locally grown plastics use already existing potential and create viable business solutions. The overall goal of the project is to evaluate the possibility of realizing a value chain from forest-based biomass to polyethylene. This includes:

• Identifying technical challenges for implementing the value chain

• Identifying the business models that provide the best conditions for realizing the value chain

• Developing and describing technical, economic and market conditions in detail, in order to be able to decide upon a continued realization of the value chain.


PARTNERS

SEKAB is one of Europe’s leading ethanol players and their mission is to contribute to a future where the demand for fossil fuels and raw material is reduced. They produce and import ethanol which they refine to both biofuels and green chemicals. SEKAB E-Technology has developed a technology called CelluAPP® for conversion of ligno-cellulosic biomass to products such as ethanol, sugars, lignin and biogas.


SP Processum AB started in 2003 and has developed from a technology park in Örnsköldsvik to a leading biorefinery initiative, both nationally and internationally. The major parts of the activities concern support and initiatives regarding research and development in the areas biotechnology, energy technology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and raw materials with a focus on sustainability.


Sveaskog is Sweden's largest forest owner and sells sawlogs, pulpwood and biofuel. Sveaskog also works with land transactions and develops the forest as a venue for hunting, fishing and other nature-based experiences.


Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures printing paper, paperboard and sawn timber and runs forestry and energy production operations. They produce electricity from their own hydro and wind power systems and have been ranked as one of the 100 most sustainable companies, according to the UN Global Compact Index.


Södra
More than 51,000 forest owners in southern Sweden are members of the economic association that is Södra. Södra is also a large employer. 3,800 people work for the Group, in areas that range from forestry management and environmental conservation to accounting, sales and product development. The Group’s four business areas produce sawn and planed timber goods, interior products, paper pulp and biofuel. In recent years Södra has also become such a large producer of electricity that the Group now produces more electricity than it uses.


Borealis is a leading provider of innovative solutions in the fields of polyolefins, base chemicals and fertilizers. With more than 50 years of experience in polyolefins (polyethylene and polypropylene), Borealis delivers  innovative and value creating plastics products.


Trioplast is a Swedish Industry Group with a turnover of 500 million EUR and 1 250 employees and is one of Europe’s leading forces in creative and cost-efficient use of polyethylene within the modern plastic and packaging fields.Trioplast develops, manufactures and distributes packaging materials for industrial and agriculture use, hygiene films as well as special purpose films.


Tetra Pak® is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people.


For more information:
Thore Lindgren, SEKAB E-Technology  thore.lindgren@sekab.com
Ylwa Alwarsdotter, SEKAB BioFuels & Chemicals ylwa.alwarsdotter@sekab.com,
+46(0)70 398 03 02
Lars Pettersson, Borealis LarsE.Pettersson@borealisgroup.com
Camacho Walker, Tetra Pak Walker.Camacho@tetrapak.com
Lars Lundin, Trioplast Lars.Lundin@trioplast.com
Erik Nelsson, Holmen Erik.Nelsson@holmen.com
Mats Wallin, Södra mats.wallin@sodra.com
Fredrik Gellerstedt, Södra Fredrik.Gellerstedt@sodra.com
Jan Wintzell, Sveaskog Jan.Wintzell@sveaskog.se
Björn Alriksson, SP Processum Bjorn.Alriksson@processum.se

 

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Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials. We will achieve this through the ethanol we produce and import, turning it into biofuels in various forms and green chemicals.

Locally grown plastics is a newly established, unique partnership that includes the entire manufacturing chain for bio- based plastics – from the forest industry to packaging producers. The project is cooperation between SEKAB, Sveaskog, Holmen, Södra, Borealis, Trioplast, Tetra Pak and SP Processum. SP Processum is the main project sponsor for this partnership.

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SEKAB recruits expert in biotechnology

Press Releases   •   Apr 15, 2014 08:26 BST

SEKAB E-Technology has recruited Roberth Byström as its new expert on biotechnology. He will be working on the development and commercialisation of SEKAB’s technology platform CelluAPP®.

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