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Stora Enso and Koskisen Oy brings World’s first fully Bio-Based Furniture Board

The application of NeoLigno is cited as an example of how Stora Enso increases the value of lignin without increasing the use of wood. NeoLigno is its first own binder that replaces fossil-based adhesives.

February 1, 2022

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Finland-based Koskisen has collaborated with Stora Enso, a leading manufacturer of pulp, paper, and other forest and bio-based products, to bring the world’s first entirely bio-based furniture board, called Zero Furniture Board.

Koskisen uses the bio-based binder – NeoLigno to replace fossil-based resins used in furniture boards. Both the furniture board raw material and the binder are sourced from the production process flows of both companies. This results in all raw materials of the Zero board being entirely bio-based.

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Timo Linna, Head of Product Management and R&D, Koskisen, says, “Our new Zero product family meets the rising demand for bio-based solutions from both domestic and export markets. These new products allow furniture manufacturers to offer alternatives with improved sustainability and health security.”

As a by-product of the pulp industry, lignin has been conventionally utilised as bioenergy in energy production. NeoLigno is cited as an example of how Stora Enso increases the value of lignin without increasing the use of wood.

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Lauri Lehtonen, Head of Innovation of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division, says, “Stora Enso has been refining lignin commercially since 2015. NeoLigno is our first own binder that replaces fossil-based adhesives.”