Project applies the existing knowledge on lignocellulosic fibres and their processing to create novel structural fibre foams and biocomposites. In particular, the aim is to enable new material properties by combining different-scale fibres, fines, polymers and surface active proteins in processes. Design contributes to both the selection of raw materials and the tailoring of desired micro and macro structures through the opportunities provided by the new processes. The project supports the possibilities of companies to create new businesses and added-value products in the area of fibre-based biocomposites and porous consumer products.
SMEs need new ways to improve their profitability. The project supports this in terms of providing new challenging research topics and taking advantage of state-of-the-art technologies. Moreover, the development and commercialization of new fibre-based products, their production technologies and associated measurements are speeded up. During the project, the SMEs can effectively use the existing research infra structures, and at the same time, the required operations can be further improved based on the company needs. The projects will widen the application range of biobased fibre materials and will open up new markets for raw material and end-use producers of the Finnish bio economy in both short and long term perspective.
The project is carried out in co-operation between VTT and Lahti University of Applied Sciences (LAMK).