Reactive lignin produced from pulp industry side streams can replace phenol compounds in wood adhesives and become a new, high-value product for pulp mills.

Versatile Design prepared the first CatLignin demosVersatile Design prepared the first CatLignin demosThe CatLignin technology developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is integrated into pulp mills. The process yields a bio-based substitute for a wide range of fossil-based chemicals in adhesive, rubber, and plastic applications.

The carbon dioxide footprint of lignin is only approximately 20% of the footprint of phenol. Replacing phenol with lignin also reduces formaldehyde usage, and its antioxidative properties are expected to improve weather resistance, reducing the need for oil-based and expensive additives.

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