The Borregaard biorefinery received a grant of NOK 30 million from the Research Council of Norway’s for research on wood processing. Funding comes from the User-Led Innovation Arena (BIA), which is the Research Council’s program for innovation in trade and industry. The funds will be used over three years on projects about lignin products for use in concrete, microfibrillar cellulose and new specialty cellulose products.
The company has its own research centre with 70 employees in various chemical disciplines in Sarpsborg and annually spends more than NOK 120 million on research and development.
Borregaard’s biorefinery uses natural, sustainable raw materials to produce advanced and eco-friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bioethanol that can replace oil-based products. The company has 1,100 employees in factories and sales offices in 17 countries in Europe, the USA, Asia and Africa.