ExpandFibre Ecosystem

Organisations and projects joining in the ExpandFibre Mission and working with the ExpandFibre themes

Projects

  • Research institutes
  • Associations
  • Brands
  • Industry
  • Clusters
  • Universities
  • SMEs
  • Other members

ExpandFibre Programmes

50 M€ R&D entity launched and implemented by Fortum & Metsä Group and co-funded by Business Finland. In the Programmes, Fortum and Metsä work together and separately in various projects that can link with Ecosystem members and projects.

ExpandFibre Ecosystem

The Ecosystem consists of organisations and projects that join in the ExpandFibre Mission and work with ExpandFibre themes. Ecosystem projects apply their own public funding from e.g. Business Finland, EU or other funding agencies.

Projects

Research institutes

Associations

Brands

Industry

Clusters

Universities

SMEs

Other members

ExpandFibre Programmes

50 M€ R&D entity launched and implemented by Fortum & Metsä Group and co-funded by Business Finland. In the Programmes, Fortum and Metsä work together and separately in various projects that can link with Ecosystem members and projects.

ExpandFibre Ecosystem

The Ecosystem consists of organisations and projects that join in the ExpandFibre Mission and work with ExpandFibre themes. Ecosystem projects apply their own public funding from e.g. Business Finland, EU or other funding agencies.

In the ExpandFibre Ecosystem we share the same vision of the future

New bioproducts based on sustainable biomass significantly reduce the negative environmental impact on our everyday lives. Together we join in the ExpandFibre Mission to meet the growing demand for sustainable bioproducts by developing groundbreaking materials and technologies and smart business concepts.

R&D themes and topics of the ExpandFibre Ecosystem

  • Textiles

    • New, sustainable textile fibres for wearable textiles and nonwovens
    • Staple fibre analytics and performance testing
    • New staple fibre applications and post-treatment technologies
    • Recycling and traceability
  • Biocomposites

    • Raw material processing and converting
    • Material properties
    • Recycling and end-of-life
    • Biocomposites containing fibres and lignin
    • All-cellulose composites & natural fibre polymer composites
  • Packaging

    • New pulp-based plastic-replacing packaging solutions
    • Tools and processes for designing sustainable packaging
    • Barriers and binders based on natural polymers
  • Lignin products*

    • Lignin fractionation for material applications
    • Lignin as functional ingredient for thermoplastics and bio-composites
    • Lignin dispersants
    • Lignin containing bio-composites

    *) Especially for straw

  • Sourcing & fractionation

    • Sustainable agro value chains and linkages to food production
  • Other fibre products

    • New materials based on pulp fibres for high-volume applications 123
    • Novel chemistry for pulp fibre modification
    • Functional structures from pulp fibres
    • Advanced 3D and 4D fibre processing methods
    • Hybrid materials containing pulp fibres
  • Hemicellulose products*

    • Hemicellulose purification to food, feed and cosmetics applications
    • Chemically modified hemicellulose and C5 & C6 sugars for consumer products

    *) Especially for straw

  • Cross cutting topics

    • Replacing plastics
    • Digitalisation & measuring
    • Emerging technologies
    • Sustainability assessment
    • Design for circularity
    • Piloting and test-beds for new applications
    • Following regulatory environment

Objectives

Short term (2020-2024)

  • Build knowledge-based competitive advantage among the ecosystem members
  • Create/strengthen testbeds for piloting and proof-of-concept validations in the theme areas
  • Identify and fill in gaps in the R&D landscape within ExpandFibre themes
  • Create a thriving business-driven innovation ecosystem for biomass-based textile fibres

Long-term (2030 and beyond)

  • Provide markets with new bioproducts that have less than 20% of the carbon footprint of the current products
  • Bring new revenue to ecosystem partners through the increasing production and sale of new value-added bioproducts and technologies.
  • Significantly increase investments into biomass-based value chains

Ecosystem management

Fortum and Metsä manage and engage the Ecosystem by arranging events and workshops as well as by sending regular newsletters to the Ecosystem members. A key activity of the Ecosystem management is to identify gaps in the R&D landscape and initiate the planning of new projects together with the Ecosystem members. To support this, the Ecosystem management will annually collect and report public data on the progress of the Ecosystem. Ecosystem Steering Group consists of representatives of Fortum and Metsä Group, as well as of representatives from key partners Aalto University, CLIC Innovation and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

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