Collaboration on micro-fibrillated cellulose
German chemical giant BASF and German Zelfo Technology signed on January 17, 2013 an agreement by which BASF secures the IP rights of the latest Zelfo processing technology for the efficient and cost-effective production of micro-fibrillated cellulose (MFC)
The newly developed technology entails the engineering of superior micro-fibrillated cellulose used to produce a wide variety of paper, board and tissue products. This technology allows significant improvement in strength and weight reduction. Financial details of the cooperation were not made available.
BASF aims to further improve Zelfo’s fibre technology through a wide range of chemical additives for paper making. BASF’s expertise in chemistry is essential for MFC technology to function efficiently on an industrial scale and to support the use of cellulosic, recyclable and biodegradable materials in the process.
Each partner has defined exclusive industry fields to apply this technology. BASF will focus on all applications related to paper, board, packaging and tissue and Zelfo Technology will continue its main activities in non COC emitting binders and bio-composite based applications. Both companies will collaborate to enhance the technology and work closely together. Zelfo Technology has a unique position in modern cellulose material science and has won several awards for its technical achievements in producing special cellulose composite based products. Zelfo® fibre solutions are available from Zelfo Technology GmbH (D) and are the result of several years of know-how patented system development. A pool of in-house expertise and a series of international partnerships substantiate the company’s bio-based materials, as well as design and manufacturing knowledge. Zelfo Technology is headquartered in Germany with bases in France and Great Britain.