UPM Biofibrils are micro- and nanofibrillated cellulose products that can be used for shaping materials and giving them new characteristics. In this collaboration, UPM and Ashland will jointly study the use of biofibrils in a wide range of industrial application opportunities. For example, biofibrils might be used to improve the quality and performance of a broad array of polymer products that include coatings and construction materials, home and car care products, and energy drilling applications.
The collaboration marks a milestone for two companies with extensive expertise in cellulose technology. UPM has pursued research and development of biofibrils technology for several years and has a large portfolio of patent applications and production experience. Ashland has its own research and patents in microfibrillar cellulose technology.
"Our collaborative relationship with UPM provides an excellent opportunity to combine the UPM Biofibrils technology with Ashland's application expertise in order to bring new products and functionalities to our customers," said
"Innovation is a key component of Ashland's growth strategy, regardless of whether those ideas originate from within the ranks of Specialty Ingredients' 500-person global research team or from selected industry partners," added
UPM Biofibrils technology is a result of a long-term research and development commitment. Cornerstones of UPM's Biofore strategy are the versatile use of renewable wood biomass combined with innovation and sustainability.
"UPM Biofibrils is a novel biomaterial that allows development of new fibre-based products with exciting properties for the UPM product portfolio. The collaboration with Ashland's global development team enables further development and commercialization of UPM Biofibrils in several industrial applications," said Esa Laurinsilta, director, UPM Biofibrils.
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 22,000 people. UPM is present in 67 countries and has production units in 17 countries. UPM's annual sales exceed
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