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Trend spotting in Japan reveals differences in packaging size and materials

2 December, 2022

What does sustainable packaging mean to you? In Sweden, we tend to think of fossil-free packaging made from renewable and natural raw materials. In Japan, sustainability means small packages that preserve the food; the material is secondary. In mid-October, a group from Paper Province travelled to Japan to participate in Asia’s largest packaging fair –…

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Canada and Sweden are hoping for new green partnerships

26 October, 2022

Several significant connections have been established between Swedish startups and Canadian companies who were present at the Swedish-Canadian Innovation Days in Toronto at the end of September. Paper Province was there to represent the members and strengthen an already existing collaboration. “A close relationship between the two countries is of great importance to accelerate a…

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Södra partners with Happie Nation to devop close–to–nature tourism

5 July, 2022

On 15 June, major forestry cooperative Södra signed up to invest  SEK 3 million (about EUR 280,000), in an issuance of new shares amounting to a total of  SEK 6 million, thereby joining Happie Nation as a partner. As a result, Happie Nation can now develop its Happie Camp brand, offering close–to–nature accommodation at hidden…

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Absolut Vodka bottle gets fibre-based screw cap from Sweden

27 June, 2022

The startup company Blue Ocean Closures from Sweden is partnering with The Absolut Company to develop an innovative, fibre-based screw cap for the iconic Absolut Vodka bottle. Now the company is growing and is ready to recruit more employees. Blue Ocean Closures, a member company of the world leading bioeconomy cluster Paper Province, is the…

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Lignin plant accessible from all over the world

7 February, 2022

Thanks to a digitization of LignoCity, the test and development facility for the forest raw material lignin, geographical boundaries are a thing of the past. It is now possible to tour the plant from all over the world and at the same time get an insight into the fantastic world of lignin. Lignin is the…

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Increasing production of green graphene

23 November, 2021

Using lignin, Bright Day Graphene develops the super material graphene, which is lighter than cotton but stronger than steel. Now the production is ready for the next step, to go from a gram-scale production to one tonne per year. True graphene only consists of one layer of carbon atoms, is transparent, flexible and can be…

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Woodbe uses old technology to build with cross-laminated timber

29 September, 2021

Woodbe Engineering from Sweden uses an old proven technology in a new way in order to build smarter with cross-laminated timber. The innovation reduces the construction industry’s climate footprint and improves the working environment for construction workers. Cross-laminated timber is an example of a building material that is growing increasingly popular in the construction industry thanks to its…

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Production of lignin-based batteries

13 September, 2021

Stora Enso has begun the development of new environment friendly batteries for electric vehicles, consumer electronics and large energy storage systems. What makes it extra special is the fact that it is made by the wood-based material lignin. During the next ten years the global market for batteries is expected to increase tenfold. The increased…

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Taigatech uses artificial intelligence to track logs

19 March, 2021

Taigatech has developed a unique technology that, in a cost-effective and time-efficient way, can recognize a log with the help of artificial intelligence, which makes it possible to recover more timber per sawn log. The company now becomes a member of Paper Province. Taigatech has developed a recognition technology that works much like Face-ID on…

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Paper Province supports research on cross-laminated timber

18 December, 2020

Researcher Johan Vessby at Karlstad University has received a grant from Paper Province to investigate areas of use for residual products of cross-laminated timber to develop industrial timber construction. In Sweden, there is plenty of access to wood raw materials and extensive experience of timber construction. Building with wood has many environmental benefits. It is a…

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