Wood and Fibre - KPIs
Wood fibre, pulp, biopolymers, packaging and biochemicals
IO3 – Expand opportunities in the wood,
fibre, pulp, biopolymer, packaging and biochemical industries
Impact KPI-7: Develop new wood and fibre-based manufacturing industries in New Zealand
By 2019, new capital investment will be occurring in new manufacturing industries in New Zealand as Scion’s developments in new high-value products derived from forest materials are being adopted.
|By 2014, at least one manufacturer will be commercially
evaluating a new packaging application developed by Scion and Scion’s
partners.||Completed trial with one partner. A second trial is planned.|
2015, Scion will have assisted at least one industry partner in
producing transport fuels from woody biomass to develop a business case
to enable informed decision for their further investment. (Refer KPI
8.)||Technical support was given to
industry partners (Z Energy and Norske Skög) within the Stump to Pump
PGP programme ($3.6 million). The programme was halted after the
technical evaluation stage owing to the prevailing economic climate,
particularly declining crude oil prices.|
2016, Scion will have developed to prototype stage at least one new
high-value co-product arising from wood processing that has been
reviewed by a commercial partner for potential investment. ||Two companies were engaged to scope
product development from the lignin nanofibre/carbon nanofibre platform
developed at Scion. Establishment of a spin-out company is being
explored to further commercialise development of the lignin
nanofibre/carbon nanofibre platform.|
A bioadhesives product was assessed for commercial production and its potential in the market with involvement by a commercial company. Planning for scale-up trials at a commercial plywood facility was completed.
The Biopolymer Network Ltd (BPN) was supported to develop a new biobased product, with a pathway to commercial implementation defined by BPN.
2018, at least six new extruded products with renewable content have
been developed to prototype stage and by 2019 at least two of these are
incorporated in new product offerings by firms.||A
new biospife formulation was developed; first scale-up trials are
The development of biodegradable vine guards containing renewable components commenced. The aim is to produce a product that protects the vine for the required time then degrades naturally into the environment. First prototypes of our vine guards were produced and are currently undergoing environmental exposure tests to confirm the degradability and performance profile.
2019, new high performance composites developed by Scion are supporting
the development of new industries in New Zealand and providing direct
revenue to New Zealand.||Proof-of-concept
for retaining, accumulating and incorporating PHA containing biomass
resulted in a material that could be the basis of a thermoformable
Thermoformed composites are growing exponentially, offering short cycle times, tailored properties, recyclability, and are applicable in the aerospace or automotive sector.