Stora Enso launches renewable replacement for fossil-based materials

New bio-based lignin product from Stora Enso offers a sustainable alternative to oil-based phenolic materials.

Stora Enso (Helsinki, Finland) announced Feb. 13 the launch of Lineo. The bio-based lignin product is another important step on the way to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. 

Lignin is a renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials which are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material.

Markus Mannström, executive vice president of the Stora Enso biomaterials division, says, “Having increased our lignin focus in recent years, we’re delighted to launch Lineo. Lignin is a non-toxic raw material with traceable origin and stable cost structure, and bio-based Lineo is ideal for companies looking for alternatives to oil-based products. We believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”

Stora Enso has been producing lignin at industrial scale since 2015 at its Sunila Mill in Finland. The mill’s capacity is 50,000 tonnes per year, making Stora Enso the largest kraft lignin producer in the world. Stora Enso is already selling Lineo to replace phenol, and the company is also looking at many other applications for this versatile material.