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vtt visit

A delegation from VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland visited Scion recently, meeting with scientists from our manufacturing and bioproducts teams. The visit was an opportunity to explore a more formal connection between Scion and VTT by way of scientist exchange, sabbaticals and shared post-doctoral research.

VTT is regarded as a globally leading multi-technological research organisation, with about 3000 employees. A collaborative agreement currently exists between our two organisations for the research and technology adaptation of novel carbon materials from lignin, biorefineries, nanocellulose applications, pulp, paper and packaging and other global trends.

“Finland’s forestry industry is similar to New Zealand’s,” says Dr Elspeth MacRae, General Manager for Manufacturing and Bioproducts. “The sector accounts for about a fifth of the country’s export revenue and is a major employer, but it also needs to keep abreast of rising production costs, and the decreasing demand for paper.”

“We are working with VTT to develop and implement innovative and sustainable technologies and processes that are aimed at better utilising our forestry resources. We are also aiming to aid cross national commercial uptake of novel technologies in both New Zealand and Finland.”