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Papira®: A start-up story

A break-through innovation with huge potential

What is today known as ‘Papira® by Stora Enso’, started as a start-up called ‘Cellutech’ developing a bio-based foam material. Cellutech’s ambition was to provide sustainable wood-based innovations contributing to a circular economy and with global impact.

Established in 2013, Cellutech brought cutting-edge materials closer to the market by serving as a link between academia and industry. The start-up focused on taking world class scientific research developed at Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) and accelerate the ideas into commercially successful technologies and products.

Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation

Innovation center for Biomaterials 

In October 2018, Cellutech was acquired by Stora Enso, the renewable materials company, and is now a part of Stora Enso Innovation Centre for biomaterials. Cellutech’s vision was to provide innovative technologies and products to meet today’s need for a sustainable future. With matching visions in putting bio-based materials at the centre of their business to do good for the people and the planet, it was clear that Cellutech and Stora Enso were meant for each other.

Stora Enso believes that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow. Achieving this cannot be done alone, which is why Stora Enso has actively worked with start-ups for many years to develop new bio-based solutions.

“It is great to see that research results from WWSC make their way into innovation and commercialization. Papira® by Stora Enso is a clear demonstration of the importance of the unique opportunity for WWSC researchers to conduct fundamental research, made possible by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation. Also, it is really inspiring to see what potential the research has to contribute to the development of the Swedish forest industry and its competitiveness.”

Professor Eva Malmström, WWSC Director

“Stora Enso was with us from the start, and we shared the same belief that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. The acquisition by Stora Enso ensures a holistic approach in bringing this breakthrough innovation to the market; from raw materials to capabilities in scaling up.“

Åsa Ek, CEO, Cellutech, now Vice President, Biofoams, Stora Enso

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