Wood Fibre Pulp & Paper Biopolymers and Biochemicals

Scion’s research with processors, manufacturers and chemical companies in existing and emerging industries helps industry utilise wood fibres and create biopolymers and biochemicals. These articles highlight how our science contributes to development of composite products and chemicals from wood and creation of new packaging opportunities. 
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    Packaging - more than meets the eye

    Scion’s WHITE room can test up to 25 corrugated boxes under accelerated conditions.
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    Capturing the beauty of paua

    The iridescent beauty of paua shell may soon be captured in everyday household items. Materials scientists Drs Marion Sanglard and Marie Joo Le Guen are working with abalone farming company OceaNZ Blue to investigate possible uses for paua (abalone) shells that are being discarded during processing.
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    Taking our bioadhesive technology to industry

    Scion’s environmentally-friendly bioadhesives and resins made from natural sources, are contributing to a reduction in the use of fossil resources and greenhouse gas emissions, reinforcing the New Zealand wood processing industry’s licence to operate.
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    Fund is catalyst for international collaborations

    An exploratory visit to Europe last year by scientists in our Manufacturing and Bioproducts Group is already paying dividends for at least two scientists.
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    Reconstructing biomass by 3D printing at Scion

    An investment in 3D printing technologies enables Scion to develop a range of new bioplastics for use in these technologies, such as filaments (thin strands of material), powders and fibre reinforced filaments.
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    New coating increases paperboard packaging life

    Ensuring products reach the consumer in the best possible shape is an ongoing challenge for the chilled goods supply chain, where paperboard packaging is constantly exposed to fluctuating humidity, causing it to absorb moisture and eventually fail. This results in costly product losses.
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    Global science: Validating bioadhesives' green credentials

    Working together and sharing knowledge helps scientists from around the globe solve some of the many and complex challenges facing today’s communities, and discover ways to achieve a more sustainable bio-based economy.
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    Transforming properties of lignin in softwoods

    Radiata pine that is easier to process into pulp and biofuel is one step closer thanks to a team of Scion biotechnologists working in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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    Adding value to industrial by-products

    Using bacteria to produce bioplastics and other high value products from wood residue, in the context of a biorefinery, is an area of research Dr Christophe Collet will be focussing on at Scion. Christophe recently joined Scion as research leader for industrial biotechnology.
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    Packaging design with science and technology

    Scion’s General Manager Manufacturing and Bioproducts, Dr Elspeth MacRae (right), was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the Packaging Council of New Zealand (PAC.NZ).
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    Protecting your product with better packaging

    Scion’s new coolroom facility has been purpose built to test how corrugated boxes perform when exposed to fluctuating humidity, which is what they experience during distribution in the chilled supply chain.
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    Investment in bioplastics research pays off

    Bioplastics are a small but rapidly growing niche that currently represents about 1% of the global plastics market. Their use is expected to grow by over 10% per year, with the estimated global market expected to be more than 12 million tonnes per year by 2020.
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    Environmental impact of bioadhesives encouraging

    For several years New Zealand manufacturers of medium density fibreboard (MDF) have been working to reduce formaldehyde emissions of products in response to regulatory pressure from overseas markets. Health concerns in the United States and Europe around these emissions have resulted in higher demand for “green” panel products.
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    Creating new products for the future

    Highlights from our 2013 annual report: growing revenue through the development of new products; producing high value products from plant biomass; and supporting the packaging and composite products industry to grow the value of our exports.
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    Wood fibre dice takes on global plastics markets

    A breakthrough technology in fibre processing, combined with an exciting new business partnership, is creating global opportunities for using long wood fibres in plastic products.
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    Scion creates new bioadhesives

    Scion has created a new recipe for adhesives made 100 percent from bio-based ingredients. This breakthrough will help manufacturers of wood panel products to overcome regulatory and customer concerns about formaldehyde emissions.
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    LignoTech - leading the green way forward

    Strong, lightweight and economical are highly desirable properties when it comes to buying a car. But one made using corn residue?
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    A natural alternative to a fishy problem

    Scientists have long been researching eco-friendly packaging alternatives to one of the most widely used plastics, polystyrene. This is now a step closer with the construction, by Biopolymer Network Ltd, of a pilot plant capable of producing fish boxes made from a bio-foam that looks and behaves much like its less eco-friendly counterpart.
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