Innovation is one of the cornerstones of our business, and we encourage innovation in the development of products and services in all areas of our organization. Through innovation we want to expand the market of renewable packaging materials
For BillerudKorsnäs, innovation is about creative work to strengthen the role of renewable packaging materials and develop packaging solutions that efficiently meet the challenges of the future.
In-depth knowledge of the entire refinement chain – from raw material to finished product – allows BillerudKorsnäs to offer more efficient business models, packaging with new properties, and give customers and consumers access to added value in the form of high-quality, eco-friendly options that are both profitable and user-friendly.
Decentralised product development
Our product development is decentralised to our three divisions. Each division is responsible for decisions on investments, development and launch of new products and applications to the market.
Long-term approach on research
We also have a more long-term approach, working on research. This firstly takes the form of our two tech centres in Gruvön and Frövi, both with a focus on technology development. Secondly, it involves a number of strategic partnerships with customers and suppliers, which include product and business development.
Together we do good in broad collaborative projects
During the year BillerudKorsnäs became a member of FPInnovation, a Canadian collaborative body with a focus on products from the forest with a broad base in the international arena.
BillerudKorsnäs’ commitment to the national platform Treesearch for new materials and specialist chemicals from forest raw material remains strong. This is an initiative between industry and universities with financial support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and the Swedish State’s research financiers, focused on research and cooperation for a bio-based economy.
Together with industry colleagues, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Chalmers, BillerudKorsnäs is also active in the pilot study for ForMAX – a new wood research portal – at Max IV in Lund. This is a collaboration run under the Wallenberg Wood Science Center with the aim of generating forest-based products that will suit a bio-based economy. The idea behind ForMAX is for it to be an instrument specially adapted to resolve research questions on biocomposites, nanocellulose, dissolving wood and the pulp process.
Cooperation also continues with the national research institute RISE which, with its broad multi-tech skills base and its test and demonstration environments, forms an important complement to our own research and development.