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[VIDEO] Topic Tuesday: Is bio-based becoming a consideration in construction industry?

By Mats Hjørnevik 4. January 2019

We rely on well-proven construction technologies wherever we move around. The construction technologies have been developed for decades to make sure that we have long-living and safe infrastructure and buildings around us. But in a world moving in increasing speed towards more emphasis on lowering emissions and waste, how is the construction industry affected? And are there any ready-made bio-based solutions available?

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Temaer: Environment, Sustainability, Construction, Topic Tuesday

Focus on sustainability is changing business!

By Mats Hjørnevik 18. December 2018

We are starting to see major shifts towards increased focus on sustainability, with examples like the likely upcoming EU ban on single use plastics, and the Chinese environmental tax on solvent based coatings. Your company and its competitive advantage will be defined by the ability shown in adapting to this. I will in this blog post touch upon a subject that can be important to assess for you going forward. 

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Temaer: Sustainability, Cellulose Fibrils, Environment

[RESEARCH REVIEW] New materials are emerging; can they shift current technologies?

By Mats Hjørnevik 27. November 2018

The technology of cellulose fibrils/nanocellulose is breaking new grounds, and my research review this week is focusing on materials development. So if you are wondering how new increasingly sustainable nanocellulose/thermoplastic solutions are looking, you should not miss out on this week’s research review!

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Temaer: plastics, MFC reviews, renewable, Biodegradability, Sustainability

[VIDEO] Topic Tuesday: You need to change the way you think!

By Mats Hjørnevik 25. September 2018

Suddenly, the new tax on pollutants in China, their ban on solvent based coatings for containers, and the city of Shanghais ban on solvent based coatings for exterior walls and wood ware has changed things. Do you want to know more on how to adapt in rapid market changes like these? In this topic Tuesday we are discussing this and showing you a couple of concrete examples to get your ideas start running. Don´t miss out on this weeks interesting discussion on saving business with the necessary level of innovation.

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Temaer: Sustainability, innovation, New materials

How to use and understand cellulose fibrils? The practical experience from Covestro

By Thomas Marwedel 26. June 2018

Our blog post of the week is today a really exciting one! We have been so fortunate to interview Peter Küker, who is a technical manager at Covestro in Germany. Peter has been working with cellulose fibrils in a project at Covestro for some time, and today he is sharing his views and experience on utilizing the fibrils in some of the Covestro formulations for adhesives. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn more about the actual experience of utilizing the effect from the fibrils on rheology, dispersion and material handling.

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Temaer: New materials, waterborne, Dispersion, Sustainability, rheology

Nanopaper preparation with KTH

By Anastasia Riazanova 1. May 2018

Making nanopaper is an good test on the characteristics of cellulose fibrils, and especially strength and durability. In this weeks blog from the Exilva blog, our H2020 partners at KTH are showing you how to make the nanopaper in a "step-by-step" practical example. The making of nanopaper quickly illustrates the strength performance you can get from this material once it forms paper or film. Spend a couple of minutes, and you will quickly understand why this material can take a leading part in the dual focus of increased sustainability and performance. 

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Temaer: Strength, Film, Sustainability, paper

Topic Tuesday: A talk with one of the pioneers in nanocellulose and cellulose fibrils

By Mats Hjørnevik 27. February 2018

Dr. Julien Bras from the Grenoble Institute of Techonology has been working in the field of cellulose fibrils, nanocellulose and microfibrillated cellulose for two decades. He is considered as one of the pioneers on the concept as we know it today. In this 5 minutes chat with Dr. Bras, we touched upon several topics regarding this new material. Do not miss out on the opportunity to listen in to Dr, Bras ideas one some of the directions the cellulose fibrils and nanocellulose will be taking in the future. 

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Temaer: Topic Tuesday, innovation, MFC, Sustainability

Nanocellulose – future of medical devices

By Otto Soidinsalo 16. January 2018

If you google the word medical device, you will get pictures of sophisticated hospital equipment and diagnostic devices. In practice, a term medical device is wider than just that and covers a range of different kinds of articles, starting from plasters and bandages to endosseous implants and implantable pacemakers, intended to be used for therapeutic purposes of humans or animals. We have previously written about the role of MFC in wound care products and today we are going to take a step deeper to the current status of nanocellulose in medical devices, especially topical and implantable ones.

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Temaer: New materials, Strength, Sustainability, innovation

Shifting paradigms: introducing alternative technologies

By Mats Hjørnevik 9. January 2018

This week’s blog post started its life when I attended a stakeholder forum which was organized by the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBIJU), a part of the EU H2020 initiative. I listened to a high number of innovators within several fields such as bio-fuels, bio-chemicals, as well as new and more sustainable materials. I started a line of thought, where the word paradigm occurred to me; I am part of a generation raised in the latter part of the 20th century where a majority of things we take for granted are based on technologies from the petroleum sector. The paradigm has given opportunities and challenges, but how does this paradigm affect us and our thoughts on innovation?

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Temaer: New materials, Environment, Biodegradability, Film, Sustainability, innovation

Can cellulose fibrils increase your factory's productivity?

By Justin Scarpello 10. October 2017

As a new boy in the world of cellulose fibrils, I am steadily getting an overview of what potential users of cellulose fibrils are interested in. The unique combination of properties that cellulose fibrils has is the obvious point most are interested in. In addition, the natural and renewable aspect to the material and the possibility to replace oil-based chemicals is becoming more and more important. But could there be more than that?

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Temaer: MFC, Sustainability, innovation