Industry Transformation from Chemical Pulping to Biorefining

Jurgen Poesche, Fábio de Oliveira Paula, Maria Barbosa Lima Toivanen, Kari Lilja

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    The purpose of this paper is to analyse the transformation of the chemical pulp industry into the biorefinery industry. The contributions of this paper are threefold. First, the status quo of the transformation in Brazil, Canada and Finland have been assessed with interviews. Second, the competition between hydrocarbon-based chemicals and materials on the one hand, and biochemicals
    and biomaterials on the other hand, and its implications for the transformation, have been assessed. Third, the transformation has been assessed using the concepts of absorptive capacity and legitimation. The results show that all major Finnish firms in the chemical pulp industry engage in biorefining-related
    research and development, and that the Finnish government plays a significant role in the research and development activities through VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a wholly owned government entity. In Brazil, the firms are in different stages – ranging from very little activity to actively pursuing
    opportunities in biorefining. Canada occupies a middle ground between Brazil and Finland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018
    Subtitle of host publication27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology
    EditorsBreno Nunes, Ali Emrouznejad, David Bennett, Leon Pretorius
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-85449-453-5
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    Event27th International Conference onManagement of Technology, IAMOT 2018: Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Aston Business School, Birminghan, United Kingdom
    Duration: 22 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
    Conference number: 27


    Conference27th International Conference onManagement of Technology, IAMOT 2018
    Abbreviated titleIAMOT 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Internet address


    • Absorptive Capacity
    • Biorefinery
    • Bioengineering
    • Innovation
    • Legitimation
    • Sustainable development


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