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Metsä Group, ANDRITZ partner to construct a demo plant for developing new lignin products

March 22, 2024  By P&PC Staff

Metsä Group will construct a demo plant for lignin refining in connection with its Äänekoski bioproduct mill. ANDRITZ will supply the equipment for the plant.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2024, and the demo plant is planned for completion in late 2025. The plant’s daily capacity will reportedly be two tonnes of the lignin product.

Metsä Group and ANDRITZ will focus on developing the production process of the new lignin product and its integration with the bioproduct mill, as well as the product properties suitable for various end uses. The demo plant project also involves Dow, a material science company, which will develop high-performance bio-dispersant plasticizers for concrete and gypsum applications, based on the lignin product produced at the plant.


“Our goal is to efficiently use the side streams of pulp production and ensure they produce the greatest possible added value. We want to develop new products made from renewable natural resources that can replace fossil-based raw materials and products,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group.

ANDRITZ has been developing lignin recovery and modification technology concepts as part of its initiative to enable pulp mills to convert side streams into value-added products.

Kari Tuominen, CEO and president of ANDRITZ Oy, states, “We are thrilled to be able to test this technology in continuous process conditions at the Äänekoski bioproduct mill. In addition to validating markets for the new lignin product, the demo scale gives us valuable insights for integrating the LigniOx process into a bioproduct mill and scaling it up for industrial use.”

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