Our extensive story stretches 35 years back in time. Follow us on a journey through our history. Discover more about our highlights, network, our specialists and the long lasting relationships we build together with our industry partners. The next milestone is 1987 – a growth strategy begins to take shape.
We acquire Pacific Forest Resources Inc (PacFor), adding packaging paper and board as well as recovered paper to our existing base in market pulp and whitepaper.
Today we run 7 successful international divisions.
Our extensive story stretches 35 years back in time. Follow us on a journey through our history. Discover more about our highlights, network, our specialists and the long lasting relationships we build together with our industry partners. The second milestone in 1987 relates to our owners, who also work here!
CellMark was founded with the idea of having employees as main owners. This year 1987, CellMark become 100% employee owned.
And still today, we are a privatey held independent supply chain service company owned by its employees and an outside corner investor, Ernström & Co.
The start of the summer holidays is here and we welcome this year’s summer workers to CellMark head office in Gothenburg!
During the summer months July and August, ten ambitious students have chosen to spend their summer, gaining some work experience, within their future professions. These young people, of whom many are local students from Gothenburg University, bring a range of new skills to our company. We are happy to have them here with us, holding down the fort during the summer holiday.
Our extensive story stretches 35 years back in time. Follow us on a journey through our history. Discover more about our highlights, network, our specialists and the long lasting relationships we build together with our industry partners. The first milestone is 1984 – the year when it all began.
CellMark is founded in Gothenburg with 21 employees, as an international pulp and paper marketing company with a goal to demonstrate a new marketing alternative.
Today we are 700+ employees, in 65+ offices worldwide.
Each year, CellMark gives all of its employees a paid half day to volunteer with local non-profit organizations. In CellMark’s larger offices, these initiatives are led by PaperSeed Local committees. These are groups of CellMark employees who volunteer their time to bring their offices together to do charitable activities.
Our presence in the community and dedication to giving back is aligned with our Guiding Principles and reflect our responsibilities for the communities and the environment in which we operate.
In addition to giving back to our communities, we note that days like these help us get to know our co-workers better, and are an important part of CellMark’s unique company culture.
Here are some of the activities that came out of PaperSeed Day’s global participation this year:
PaperSeed Day Activities
PaperSeed Connecticut, including the Norwalk, Shelton, and Bridgeport offices, teamed up with Groundwork Bridgeport during National Volunteer Week in April. Over two different volunteer days, employees from these three offices worked with the Groundwork Bridgeport team and youth volunteers to dig up weeds, build raised beds, mulch, prune, and beautify community green spaces.
PaperSeed Gothenburg engaged in a total of nine of volunteer activities, including a fika fundraiser, donation drive, several initiatives helping out local charities with cleaning, maintenance, and beautification, and a charity run!
PaperSeed Novato spent another year helping to fix up the Fairfax San Anselmo Children’s Center’s gardens. The Fairfax-San Anselmo Children’s Center provides free childcare to low-income families in Marin; all produce grown in their garden is prepared for the kids as part of healthy meals provided daily.
PaperSeed Japan held a BBQ fundraiser and raised $400, which they plan to donate to a local NGO- KIDS’DOOR, an organization that supports financially disadvantaged junior high school students by providing free tutors to help prepare them for high school entrance exams.
The Stockholm Office (not officially a PaperSeed Local team yet) helped a local organization, TryggaBarnen, to send out information sheets to 370 schools in the Stockholm area. TryggaBarnen supports children whose parents struggle with substance and mental health issues.
Though activities varied from place to place, the spirit remained the same: CellMark employees love to give back.
Integrity is the foundation of our relationships, with each other and with our business partners.
Our Annual Report is here. Get an overview of our performance, read about our division’s marketing highlights, our community support and learn how we every morning face a new day to meet the challenges of a changing world in order to surpass expectations!
Also this year we continue the tradition of having an artist featuring the report. The 2017 report is designed by the street artist Jonathan “Ollio” Josefsson.
Although Jonathan Josefsson started his artistic career as a street artist, calling him a grafﬁti artist is like saying da Vinci was skilled at drawing helicopters! Grafﬁti is just the tip of Jonathan’s creative iceberg; he is accomplished in so many other areas.
Jonathan studied textile design at the Academy of Design and Crafts, Gothenburg, Sweden, and became adept at hand-tufted rugs, adding yet another technique to his palette of artistic expression: spray, paint, laser cutting, drawing and print.
Jonathan has a very personal style; an organic, pulsating microbe world, easily recognizable in the often same, same but not so differ-ent world of street art.
He has managed to lift his anarchistic art form from the edgy world of the street into the established art forum, without losing his integrity or playfulness.
He is represented in museums and private collections in Sweden and the rest of the world.
Find out more about Jonathan and his artwork here.
One of the biggest challenges faced by many producers is knowing how to manage and profit from the byproducts created during the pulp making process. Through our expertise in the industry and our knowledge of the growing demand for lignosulfonates, we can help to drive this sector forward and create high value for our clients. For the purpose of this article, we would like to focus on some of the co-products produced during the pulping process and the opportunities they present for commercialization.
Chemistry by Nature
Lignosulfonate, also known as sulfonated lignin, is an organic polymer that occurs naturally in wood and which “glues” the cellulose fibers together. In simple terms, they are responsible for holding the woody part of a plant or tree together. During the sulfite wood pulping process, these natural polymers are made soluble and recovered from the spent pulping liquids and are burnt for energy or further extracted and used in a broad range of applications.
To the chemical engineer working in the pulp mill, lignosulfonates can be a troublesome component in the pulping process. They need to be separated and removed from the wood chips to ensure the best grade of pulp is produced. Considering the large volume of pulp that is resulting with large volumes of coproducts, finding profitable uses for these products could have significant economic importance. For this reason, CellMark found lignosulfonates to be a perfect fit for its business model.
The Ingenious Uses for Lignosulfonates
Once lignosulfonates have been extracted through the sulfite process and rendered soluble (being evaporated at 45-60% solid), they resemble a brittle dark brown resin that offers many ingenious uses. In fact, there are currently over 3,000 patents in place worldwidethat cover the use of lignin and lignosulfonates. Indeed, research can be traced back to the mid-20th century or even prior.
The sustainability and abundance of these co-products are now inspiring today’s scientist to rediscover lignin and advance the research on different applications. Lignosulfonate is a chemically very interesting and versatile polymer.
Artist: Keith Negley
Its chemical composition makes it suited for several applications. Indeed, it keeps its original attribute as a binder, while it acquired the ability to disperse through the sulfite process. Also, its chemical composition makes it ideally suited in agriculture as an efficient carrier for micro nutrients and an efficient partial substitute for other polymers.
As a dispersant – When the lignin is sulfonated, it gives it dispersing or water reducing properties. It will be used to disperse chemical solutions in agriculture, dyes, inks, mining, construction among others. Of late, it has been ”rediscovered” as a natural and partial substitute to some oil based polymers.
As a Binder – Lignosulfonate deploys some of its original function whence it plays a critical role in providing stiffness and rigidity to trees. It is an effective binder in the preparation of animal feed and fertilizer pellets, carbon black, activated carbon, tiles, bricks and refractories and mineral dust briquettes among others.
They are also used for stabilizing soil on unfinished roads or soft shoulders where they act as a binder and help to control dust. Lignosulfonates as an organic polymer is full of nutrients. As such it may contain nitrogen, sulfur, magnesium, ammonium, potassium, calcium. It can be additivated with other nutrients and becomes an excellent carrier to deliver the nutrients to plants as a complexing agent. In some countries, its abundance in organic matters will make it ideally suited for such use as soil enrichment or soil remediation.
Extracting the Most Value from Lignosulfonates
Key to success is to always seek the best collaborative innovation relationships. By working closely with end users in the lignosulfonate and lignin industry we can help them to position products in segments that create the utmost value and create strategies designed to surpass existing offerings and improve production and development processes.
Our strategy is simple; to develop and market the world’s best lignosulfonate supply solutions and to deliver them to our customers worldwide. ”In doing so we can help customers develop and market cost-efficient and optimal products for a specific application and provide high value creative customer-driven mill-to-market logistics solutions” indicates Jean-Luc Carrière Vice President and General Manager, Lignin.
Artist: Dan Page
A Sustainable Business Opportunity
Lignosulfonates offer green, sustainable solutions and are in abundant supply. Their demand is also rising, and this has caused a growing interest from producers who realize the potential value of their byproducts and wish to explore the possibilities of marketing them. Conversely, one of the biggest challenges for our partners is accessing byproducts like lignin and lignosulfonates in a way that is economical, reliable and sustainable. When their processes rely on a steady and sure supply of these components, it is essential that they have the right strategies in place to ensure the right level of supply.
How CellMark can bring value
This is where CellMark can assist. We specialize in providing a wide range of services and know-hows to further develop the use of lignin and lignosulfonates across a broad selection of applications. Most importantly, we are committed in introducing the concept required to produce the optimal quality lignosulfonates, facilitate future development and to market 100 percent of the finished product. This not only helps producers position their products in the market, but ensures that those who need them will benefit from a consistent quality supply.
To help absorb faster the producers desire to grow their lignosulfonates sales. A strategy is not complete without the development of new applications to ensure growth in current applications and work on new applications. Carriere indicates: ”one way to achieve this and support producer and end-user alike is through selecting some of the most innovative technologies through active partnerships”. He continues: ”Furthermore, we can develop and execute supply solutions for most basic chemicals used in today’s biorefineries”.
Defining the Future of Lignosulfonates
CellMark is an supply chain services company specializing in services for the pulp and paper industry among others, and excels in identifying and building collaborative innovation partnerships. One of the biggest challenges faced by many producers is knowing how to manage and profit from the byproducts created during the pulping process. Through our expertise in the industry and our knowledge of the growing demand for lignosulfonates, we can help to drive this sector forward and create high value for our clients.
Ersin Alkan President of CellMark Basic Chemicals; We wish to distinguish ourselves as an entrepreneurial team consistently looking for complete solutions from the forest to markets”. He adds, ”CellMark is the ideal platform for entrepreneurial companies wishing to have a partner that will support them in the execution of their strategies”.
We are very proud to announce that Andrew Cowie at C52 Graphic Design won a Wood Pencil at the D&AD Awards Ceremony last week for his fabulous work with our 2016 Annual Report!
Andrew started his career studying art and drama, and works now primarily as a graphic designer. His qualifications are many.
Our collaboration with Andrew over the years has been great. In the 2016 Annual Report, we also featured the very characteristic French entrepreneur in art, Jean-Claude Floc’h.
Our greatest congratulations to you, Andie!
About Andie Cowie
Having studied art and drama, Andrew had the good fortune to work with Charles Marowitz at the Open Space Theatre on Tottenham Court Road, London in the production of Palach. He moved to Athens where he taught at an American junior high school and then moved to Sweden where he taught, worked as an illustrator, curated exhibitions for Ron Arad, Danny Lane and Jennifer Lee at Röhsska Arts and Crafts Museum and was responsible for designing the Photo Fair for two years. He now works primarily as a graphic designer, but also finds time to exhibit his own work internationally.
Andie has two children, one grandchild and two cats and lives in a converted barn in the country just north of Gothenburg.
Exhibitions: Athens · Borgvik · Borås · Bovallstrand · Båstad · Copenhagen · Edinburgh · Eskilstuna Göteborg · Hjørring · Koster · Kungälv · Lincoln · London · Los Angeles · Marstrand Munkedal · Mölnlycke · New York · Stenungsund · Stockholm · Skärhamn · Tokyo · Trollhättan · Vesterås · Vienna
Collections: Röhsska Museum, Göteborg
Strandverket Museum, Marstrand
Abecita Art museum, Borås
Books: From Russia With Love, 2007 · Same, same… but different, 2009 · Imagine, 2010 Things that surround us, 2015 · Archaeology for the next century, 2015
The Swedish Publishing Prize: First Prize and Visual Prize 2010, First Prize 2011
The Swedish Publishing Prize: Nominated 2009, 2017
Creativity International Awards, 2011
D&AD Awards Wood Pencil, 2018