History

Since its establishment in 1995, Chempolis has been strongly focused on developing proprietary production technologies. Chempolis has been granted approximately 100 patents, and the key features of the technology have been recognised both domestically and internationally. Selected milestones in the Chempolis’s history include the following:

  • 1996 – demonstration of the technology on a pilot scale

  • 1997 – the University of Oulu granted the Pentti Kaitera award to CEO Esa Rousu for the development of environmentally sustainable pulping technology

  • 1997 – successful paper machine trials at world-record speed with a non-wood-based furnish

  • 2005 – 50th granted patent

  • 2006 – in a study by IFC (a private sector arm of the World Bank), Chempolis’s technology was evaluated as the most economical and environmentally sustainable non-wood pulping technology

  • 2007 – Acquisition of Chempolis Bierefining Park

  • 2008- in a study by the Department of Energy of the USA, Chempolis’s technology was evaluated as the most energy-efficient pulping technology (including modern wood pulping technologies)

  • 2008 – Licence agreement with UPM, a leading Finnish paper company

  • 2008 – Biorefinery production line of papermaking fibres commenced

  • 2009 – Subsidiary in China

  • 2009 – Successful Non-Wood papermaking production test runs completed

  • 2010 – Licence to produce bioethanol in Oulu biorefinery

  • 2010 – Inauguration of 3rd Generation bioethanol production line (May)

  • 2010 – Approximately 100 patents globally

  • 2011 – Frame Agreement with Henan Yinge Industrial Investment Co., Ltd.