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Latvian firm to pursue focus on bio-based glues and resins

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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Read: Researchers assess the environmental impact of bio-based adhesives.

Read: New cellulose-based superglue created by international research team.

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Read: Lidl unveils ‘ocean bound’ plastic packaging for its seafood lines.

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