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Lignin

Deep within the cell walls of every tree lies a powerful substance. A substance that provides the second biggest source of renewable carbon on the planet. When extracted and converted, it holds the promise to transform the way we use our natural resources to make products.

What is lignin?

Lignin is a complex plant-derived polymer found in the cell walls of almost all dry-land plants. It binds cellulose and hemicellulose together, giving wood its stiffness and resistance to rotting. After cellulose, it is the biggest renewable source of carbon anywhere. 

Lignin applications

Lignin has numerous applications across a variety of industries, including automotive, construction, coatings, plastics and pharmaceuticals. Refined lignin can replace petro-based phenols that are used in resins for plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. Other potential uses in the future include carbon fibre and carbon for energy storage. 

Lineo by Stora Enso is our commercial lignin offering that can be tailored to your specific needs.

End-use areas and applications

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    Biofuels

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    Automotive and aircraft components

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    Wind turbine components

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    Bio-based chemicals, adhesives

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    Resins for construction industry

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What is a renewable material?

It’s a material that will not run out – such as trees, which can be planted and re-grown. Products made from wood contribute to a circular and more sustainable world.

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    Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden construction and paper. We employ some 23 000 people and have sales in more than 50 countries and our shares are listed on the Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R) stock exchanges.

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