Cellulose goes digital: VTT’s vision of digital cellulose-based industries

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    VTT has envisioned the next generation of the forest-based value chain, where multiproduct biorefineries will have a central role. The digitally assisted business ecosystems between industries will develop value-added cellulose products and revolutionise bio-based material markets. In the future, forest-based value chains will exploit the most out of cellulose and make it available for novel value-added applications. The chemical processes forseparating cellulose fibres from wood will develop further, and novel technologies for dissolving pulp will emerge. A rich ecosystem of new products from cellulose raw material will be brought to life with networked, design-driven approaches, and a value-adding consumer market will emerge. The adoption of digital technologies will speed-up these developments and disrupt the whole value chain from forest through pulp processing to novel products and consumer experiences. Digital transformation necessitates efficient data and information management and processing in a cloud of clouds, where information about resources, products, productions, logistics and consumers can be merged.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages43
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8701-8
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-8700-1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Visions


    • cellulose
    • biorefinery
    • digitalisation
    • forest-based value chain
    • fractionation
    • mini-mill
    • refinery
    • small-scale biorefinery


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