Pilot & testing facilities

Improving existing products and developing new ones requires a wide range of resources. Scion offers advanced equipment and specialised skills for analysing substances, supporting product development, trouble shooting and compliance with necessary standards.

We work with manufacturers and product developers to improve processing systems and devise novel ways of using renewable materials. Our scientific capability supports product development based on lignocellulosic (woody) material, plant fibres, plastics, polymers, composites, green chemicals and organic wastes.

We have technologically advanced facilities to support our research activities. Our national and international networks help ensure we are working at the forefront in these rapidly developing areas.

Looking more broadly across the value chain, we offer:

  • Product design, development and testing
  • Project design and management – from practical research to seeking funding, identifying suitable partners, and IP expertise.

Our services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each client.

Advanced materials development, characterisation and testing

Our capabilities include:

Contact

Stefan Hill Research Leader & NMR Spectroscopist stefan.hill@scionresearch.com

Product development, testing and performance

  • Plastic composite and adhesive testing - tensile strength,compression, three-point bending and impact testing.
  • Pulp and paper including:
    • Routine handsheet evaluation
    • Pulp quality evaluation
    • Chemical pulping and bleaching
    • Chemical analysis of wood and fibre constituents
  • Packaging [pdf] including paperboard, plastic, composite and foam packaging systems.
  • Compostability and biodegradation [pdf] - testing and measuring the degradation rates of materials.
  • Surface coatings including enhancing the performance of paints and varnishes on wood-based materials, and developing coatings forpackaging
  • Solid timber and engineered wood including mechanical, strength and seismic testing; glue testing; and developing new testing technologies. 
  • Wood preservative treatments to improve the durability and performance of wood.

Contact

Florian Graichen Science Leader Biopolymers and Chemicals florian.graichen@scionresearch.com

Doug Gaunt Science Leader Wood and Fibre douglas.gaunt@scionresearch.com

Plant and industrial biotechnology

  • Plants and microorganisms including optimising plant growth and the use of microorganisms in commercial production.
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry using genomic, proteomic and metabolomic techniques to improve bio-based production.
  • Industrial fermentation developing industrial biological processes that use microbes.
  • Extractive removal and analysis extracting chemicals from plants, including tannin, lignin and compounds with antioxidant or anti-microbial activity.
  • Thermochemical processing using heat to break down organic wastes into valuable compounds.
  • Bioenergy including solid fuels such as torrefied wood and liquid biofuels such as pyrolysis oil (crude bio-diesel) and alcohols.
  • Environmental analyses

For more information on industrial biotechnology research and development see here

Contact

Gareth Lloyd-Jones Science Leader Biotransformation gareth.lloyd-jones@scionresearch.com

Paul Bennett Science Leader Clean Technologies paul.bennett@scionresearch.com

Wood modification and advanced processing

  • Chemical and thermal modification altering wood chemistry and improving product performance.
  • Timber drying including:
    • Softwood drying [pdf] including world class control systems for optimum drying,energy efficiency and product performance.
    • Hardwoods and exotic timbers
    • Supercritical extraction

Contact

Elizabeth Dunningham Research Leader Wood Modification elizabeth.dunningham@scionresearch.com

Doug Gaunt Science Leader Wood and Fibre douglas.gaunt@scionresearch.com

Wood Fibre Refining Facility

We have a small-scale industrial facility capable of processing wood to produce fibre and pulp. It is used to test operational scenarios for New Zealand’s pulp and fibre production companies.

Read about our fibre and pulp processing plant brochure [pdf]

Contact

Karl Murton Research Leader Pulp, Paper & Fibre Plant karl.murton@scionresearch.com

Plastics and bioplastics

We have a comprehensive selection of plastic and composite processing equipment [pdf] including extrusion, injection moulding, film blowing, foaming and thermoforming, as well as being able to carry out material analysis [pdf] and assess the compostabillity [pdf] of plastics.

Contact

Florian Graichen Science Leader Biopolymers and Chemicals florian.graichen@scionresearch.com