Latvia-based birch plywood producer Latvijas Finieris is aiming to focus more on using bio-based glues and resins in its panel products.
The company made the statement of intention as its executive board started to work on the company’s 2020-2027 development strategy.
“The main priorities for coming years are clearly noticeable – product development and process efficiency,” said Latvijas Finieris CEO Janis Ciems.
“Improving the quality of plywood and adding value to by-products will play a great role in product development and diversification,” added Latvijas Finieris board member Maris Bumanis. “Further development of RIGA ECOlogical glue and resins will be pursued, gradually replacing fossil-based raw materials with bio-based solutions, including lignin.”
Latvijas has already developed for its RIGA branded birch plywood a new green glue RIGA ECOlogical, where bio-based renewable lignin is used as replacement for traditional phenol.
Latvijas is not the only company developing bio-based glues. A number of researchers and brands are also producing alternatives to fossil-fuel based glues. Researchers from Aalto University, the University of Tokyo, Sichuan University, and the University of British Columbia have recently developed a bio-based superglue.
Elsewhere, a Michelin-led project is aiming to create a new adhesive resin without any ‘substances of very high concern’ (SVHC)classified compounds.
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