High profitability of formicofib™

Selective delignification and the need for fewer process units translate into low investment and 20% lower operation cost. Lower operation costs base on the ability to use energy and biochemicals generated in the process in the biorefinery itself. Moreover, generated biochemicals are valuable by-products that increase sales revenues.



Relative costs and revenues of formicofib™



Selectivity delivers profitability

Being able to utilize all the vegetable matter contained in inputs provides a solid foundation for 25% higher sales revenues than in conventional processes. High-quality fibre, complete chemical and water recovery, and the ability to co-produce valuable biochemicals and energy – combined with low investment costs and raw material flexibility – make formicofib™ a unique and superior solution for producing non-wood papermaking fibre.

Selectivity also means no waste

Selective delignification is based on the use of a novel sulphur-free biosolvent that can be fully recovered by evaporation, without the problems typically associated with the silicates present in non-wood raw materials or solubility limitations of cooking liquors. Following recovery, the biosolvent can be fully re-used in the process, while the dissolved lignin is used in energy generation.

As both biosolvent and process water are fully recovered, no waste or effluent are generated. Together with the low level of chemical input needed and the fact that the biorefinery is self-sufficient in terms of energy, formicofib™ offers excellent cost-effectiveness combined with high sustainability.