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Stora Enso acquires Cellutech in full

Finland-headed forest industry major Stora Enso Oyj has revealed that it has increased its ownership up to 100 percent in the Sweden-based company Cellutech AB. The company specialises in the development of new materials and applications based on cellulose, micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC) and other wood-based components.

In 2015, Cellutech developed wood-based helmet prototype with designer Rasmus Malbert as part of a project.

According to Stora Enso, the acquisition of Cellutech supports Stora Enso’s vision of replacing fossil-based materials with renewable ones originating from wood. The acquired company works, among others, in the areas of foams for packaging and hydroponics where the markets are continuously growing. Cellulosic foams can, for example, be used in packaging to replace polystyrenes which are the most widely used plastics.

The acquisition of Cellutech will add a new dimension to our fibre and cellulose capabilities particularly in lightweight cellulose foams and spheres. We are investing in technologies and expertise that will further broaden application development competence in Stora Enso’s Biomaterials Division, said Markus Mannström, EVP, Stora Enso Biomaterials.

Established in 2013, Cellutech consists of an “agile team” of eight scientists and researchers serving as a link between academia and industry. Cellutech was formed to take world-class scientific research developed at SweTree Technologies and Wallenberg Wood Science Center and develop the ideas into commercially successful technologies and products.

Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President,Stora Enso
Biomaterials division (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

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