CellMark is please to announce an agreement with SAPPI for the representation of the Sappi Biotech Hansa Lignosulfonate product line in several areas of the world. The Lignosulfonate Team of CellMark Basic Chemicals Division will lead this important endeavour. Please refer to SAPPI’s news release for additional information.
Shanghai Pulp Week is commencing the w/o March 13. The conference has emerged as a key get together for producers and customers alike. CellMark is co-sponsoring part of the event and will be meeting with many of our suppliers, customers, logistics partners and sub-agents. The conference timing is particularly noteworthy given the surprising and rather dramatic upswing in global pulp pricing. In addition, CellMark will also be showcasing and promoting the PaperSeed Foundation at the main event on Thursday March 16th.
About Shanghai Pulp Week
This is the 5th year for the Shanghai Pulp Week, an event engaging the whole pulp and paper industry and its associates operating in China and overseas. The venue provides multiple networking opportunities and create valuable business contacts as the majority of foreign and global pulp and paper companies have their China operations headquarters in Shanghai. The Hawkins Wright & Brian McClay Associates Shanghai Symposium, on Thursday March 16th at the Shanghai Marriott City Centre hotel, is the given focal point, attracting 300 delegates with its relevant and current presentations and networking.
For the first time ever, CellMark invited students to their head office for a business case evening end January, as a follow up on last year’s GADDEN career fair at the Gothenburg school of Economics, Business and Law.
It turned out to be a successful evening where the student got the opportunity to learn more about our global meeting place for entrepreneurs and for CellMark people to connect to the next generation of business initiators.
We were impressed by the students’ interest in our company and their insight in the areas of marketing, logistics, trade and finance. CellMark highly value the good friendship and relationships that were created during the evening and look forward to doing this again. See the video clip from the evening.
At last year’s GADDEN Conference, one of the top career fairs for business, law, logistics and environmental science students in Northern Europe, CellMark connected with 140 young potential entrepreneurs who were fired up by our vision of sustainable manufacturing for the paper industry.
CellMark is working to become a global meeting place for entrepreneurs who strive to surpass expectations by introducing environmentally responsible global initiatives.
Lignol® began as concept to lay out a practical pathway to meet the Swedish government’s goal of going totally fossil-free by 2030. This change is not only good for the planet, it makes good financial sense.
The Swedish government estimated, based on new economic research, that a dedicated transition to a more resource-efficient society using renewable energy sources could create at least 100,000 new jobs in Sweden alone. One of most direct ways to get there is to replace petroleum-based manufacturing with biofuels to power up existing cars and trucks.
The power source in this revolutionary new technology arose from a highly unlikely substance: a waste product that is usually burnt away. Lignol® is manufactured from lignin, which is a byproduct of paper production inside wood pulp mills.
“We see RenFuel and our technology as a link between the forest industry and refineries for a quick transition to a fossil-free vehicle fleet. Our lignin oil, Lignol®, provides a major contribution in this conversion.”
Sven Loechen, CEO of RenFuel AB, explained, “We see RenFuel and our technology as a link between the forest industry and refineries for a quick transition to a fossil-free vehicle fleet. Our lignin oil, Lignol®, provides a major contribution in this conversion.” The technology behind Lignol® was developed based on the research of Professor Josef Samec and Sven Löchen.
How CellMark and RenFuel Fit Together
CellMark has developed relationships with global business partners and distributors in the paper industries. When it became clear that Lignol® could be valuable in creating renewable biofuels, CellMark built a test facility together with RenFuel. That facility has already taken the first steps toward industrialization, and is expected to substantially lower production costs below other similar technologies.
One of the reasons that entrepreneurs are so excited about this is that the entire paper and wood pulp industry may be ripe for disruption. The manufacturing of paper and wood pulp combined represents one of the world’s largest industries. Over 40 percent of the global wood trade goes to paper production. As the facilities required to create paper and wood pulp demand such large investments, the barriers to entry have remained incredibly high, inevitably leading to innovation inertia.
That’s coming to an end at last thanks to new technological developments like Lignol®. The paper industry has embraced this new approach to greater environmental responsibility and biofuels like Lignol® are gaining a great deal of buzz. Here’s an overview of how RenFuel turned an industry problem into a source of hope for the future.
The Problem of Black Liquor
Among the largest challenges faced by the paper and wood pulp industries have been dealing with “black liquor.” Black liquor is a dark, thick liquid waste that is left over from the process of turning wood pulp into paper. This process separates out substances such as lignin and hemicelluloses as it breaks down tough cellulose fibers.
The lignin oil or Lignol® can then be passed onto a conventional biofuel refinery, turning what was a waste that had to be disposed of carefully into a boundless source of renewable gasoline and diesel. Lignol® is completely green and is considered a viable source of biofuel under the Paris Agreements, which is meant to curb global carbon emissions and limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Another huge benefit from a practical standpoint is that Lignol® can replace petroleum in existing refineries. Petter Holland, CEO of Sweden’s largest fuel company Preem, said, “Preem welcomes this initiative by RenFuel and Nordic Paper. One of the big challenges of the adjustment into independence from fossil fuels in Sweden is the supply of sustainable raw materials. Byproducts from Swedish forestry, such as lignin, more than fulfill our requirements of the sustainability of the raw material. In addition, the demand of lignin can be met in great volumes. We look forward to receiving the first volume of Lignol® at our refineries and start producing the renewable gasoline and diesel of the future.”
Sven Löchen detailed how government agencies and private companies in the paper industry have come together to make this a reality. “We are very pleased to finally be able to put the product into large-scale testing as a result of the cooperation with Nordic Paper and the financial support from the Swedish Energy Agency.”
Other Possibilities for the Future
An exciting prospect of this new technology is that renewable energy is only the beginning. The process of separating out the components of black liquor offers a strong potential for generating valuable market goods such as carbon fiber, antioxidants and adhesives.
CellMark is committed to embracing challenges and surpassing expectations for a deeper impacts on global sustainability efforts. CellMark’s Energy division promotes the production, trade and proliferation of biomass-based alternative energy fuels and other waste-to-energy commodities for more intelligent sources of heat and power.
We hope that you have had an amazing holiday season. Now let’s kick off the start of the new year and let’s see what we can create together!
For instance you can help us help children around the world to get better possibilities for education. Just hit the link below and click on the heart and CellMark will make a contribution donating $1 USD to PaperSeed for every unique click.
CellMark Chemicals’ team recently attended one of the most important shows in the Pharmaceutical Industry called CPhI (Convention on Pharmaceutical Ingredients). Every year the event is held in one of three European countries rotating between Spain, Germany, and France with over 36,000 attendees.
Every sector of the pharmaceutical market is represented under one roof, making it an effective way of visiting our global partners, both suppliers and customers. It is impressive to view the whole spectrum of pharmaceutical manufacturing and supply chain in one place over the course of three days.
Rick Schatz, Senior Product Manager responsible for the Americas reflects on the event: “Aside from the business aspect of CPhI, what impresses me the most is meeting so many people from around the world. It was reported that attendees from over 150 countries participated this year which offers great opportunities to experience other people and cultures.” Rick continues: “One such opportunity presented itself when a local Spanish company, Quality Chemicals, invited us to visit their factory followed by traditional flamenco dancing. It was fantastic evening and truly one of the perks of working at an international company such as CellMark.”
Overall we accomplished a lot at the show coming home with new business and more importantly, new ideas to drive future business growth.
AnMar and CellMark Chemicals attended the Supply Side West (SSW) show in Las Vegas in October. The show was well attended and it seems that exhibitors went over the top on their company displays.
We had multiple meetings, and were one of the few companies that had a new product offer. Although developed in 2001, the Phytomineral1) products grown hydroponically in the USA has not been marketed to its fullest potential. AnMar has been given this opportunity by the founder, and had two major, and one minor presentation at the show. Both presentations were very well received, and all three projects are now moving forward. The business potential from these products ranging from Phyto-Sel, Iron, Chrome, and Zinc is quite large. We also have the ability to grind the plants, and granulate which can be done in our own processing facility.
We came away from the show with new leads, a better understanding of the current market as well as new sources for procurement. Two days after the show we were able to introduce to our largest beverage customer a new supplier contact developed at the SSW. It was a very successful meeting, where they showed great interest and immediately requested samples. It is unusual to have such an immediate response. The team was energized and walked away feeling this was one of the very best shows attended in many years!
1) Phytominerals are minerals derived from plants.
During two days, Nov 2-3, the Gothenburg office unleashed some of their “super powers” at GADDEN, which is one of Northern Europe’s largest career fairs for business-, law-, logistics- and environmental science students. A big congratulations to the GADDEN committee and Gothenburg University’s School of Business, Economics and Law who really succeed to organize a top class arrangement where student could meet company representatives and start building relationships with potential future employers and vice versa.
For some of CellMark’s employees this was the first time they run a stand at this type of student fair and it was just as exciting for them as for the students. In the stand, the student could participate in a competition where they could win a lunch meeting with CellMark’s CEO. They could also sign up for a business case evening at our Gothenburg office, exchange experiences with our colleagues and learn more about the PaperSeed Foundation.
Thank you for your support to PaperSeed
Inspired by this year’s GADDEN theme “Unleash your Superpowers” we wanted to meet the events ambition to clarify its responsibility to improve the sustainability of the fair so instead of handing out giveaways to the students they picked up a $2-worth recyclable cardboard coin that they helped us put in a PaperSeed collection box. In connection with this event CellMark donated USD 1000 to PaperSeed.
When we now summarize our impressions we can see that it was a great success – we got 140 potential entrepreneurs interested in our company and the PaperSeed Foundation. Within the next couple of weeks, a few lucky student will get the opportunity to meet our CEO, Fredrik Anderson during a lunch and learn more about what is going on at CellMark. The planning of CellMark’s business case evening end January has already begun. This will be a great opportunity for student to learn more about our global meeting place and for CellMark people to connect to students and build valuable relationships. We are very excited to arrange this business case event and look forward to this evening.
It was great meeting you at GADDEN
Finally, we wish to thank all participant who we have met during the GADDEN career fair. We had a great time, meeting you and discussing your future career! Altogether it was an enriching way to get inspired by next generation of entrepreneurs and hopefully we manage to attract more talented people to our family of entrepreneurs.