The COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently rampant in the world, is sparing few businesses. CelluForce, the world leader in the development and commercial production of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced new biomaterial produced from wood, has been impacted as well.

UPM is aiming to find sustainable solutions for replacing fossil-based raw materials and offering environmentally sound alternatives. One of the most recent innovations is UPM Formi EcoAce biocomposite, launched at the beginning of 2020.

Biodegradable food packaging from forest products is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. The product is the result of a partnership between Södra, Huhtamaki and Saladworks, and made possible by an EU project.

Alberta Innovates' long-term and ongoing support for cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) research and commercialization has yielded a made-in-Alberta discovery involving CNC-infused biofilm that could revolutionize treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in medical facilities everywhere.

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has awarded AFRY the engineering services assignment for the new sawmill in Rauma as well as project management and engineering services assignment for the new bioproduct mill in Kemi.

The Concept Designer - Sustainable Material Explorer - Design Researcher, Elissa Brunato, in collaboration with Material Scientists Hjalmar Granberg and Tiffany Abitbol from the RISE Research Institutes of Sweden have created from CNC a Bio Iridescent Sequin.

An interdisciplinary team of bio-engineers and economists from KU Leuven has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry.

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