"We make green chemicals that can replace petrochemicals. BBI JU funding has been absolutely vital for the market introduction of our new innovations."
Per A. Sørlie, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Per A. Sørlie has been with Borregaard since 1990 and was appointed President and CEO in 1999. He has served Borregaard as CFO (1990–1993) and Executive Vice President of the Fine Chemicals division (1993–1999). Previously, Mr. Sørlie held positions as CFO at Bjølsen Valsemølle and Hafslund’s US operations. Mr. Sørlie holds a degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen, Norway.
Borregaard is involved in several bioeconomy projects.
The Exilva BBI JU project is Borregaards set-up and running of the first industrial scale plant for producing microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) in addition to develop advance market segments for the use of this product. It is funded under the BBI JU program of EUs Horizon 2020 effort. The main goal for the Exilva project is to establish a successful operation of the novel plant, and to develop the advanced market segments to secure a commercial success. The project has members from 5 different countries in Europe and has its project period from May 1st 2016 to April 30th 2019.
The objectives of the Exilva project stretches over the entire value chain. By constructing and running the world’s first MFC plant, Borregaard want to secure both environmental and economic incentives for advanced market segments so that European industries have the tools to produce better and more sustainable products. In addition, the goal is to secure creation of European jobs throughout the value chain.
- Successful technology transfer from the pilot plant to the flagship plant.
- Optimization of the full scale process.
- Reach a stable production of at least 1000 tons MFC per year of sufficient quality.
- A flagship unit capital intensity of: 33 million € /2000 tons of MFC.
- Mutual economic benefits between biomass industry and advanced market segments by supplying high performance MFC for an array of applications.
- Low CO2 footprint of MFC as a substitute product in marketable applications and a low CO2 footprint during MFC manufacturing (compared to main competitor process)
- Creation of direct and indirect jobs throughout the entire value chain