The aim of this project is to improve the quality and productivity of paper manufacturing by using fungal enzymes in order to control and remove slime and pitch deposition.
The project combines the know-how in paper and pulp technology of icp with the technical and market know-how of harald bjoerkgren ab and its network. The result is the commercial use of recycled paper instead of other non-renewable resources.
Recycled paper industry faces increasing problems with fibre quality. Research will be executed on the possibilities of using specific fibre-modifying enzymes to improve pulp and paper properties. Action of the enzymes will be studied.
A new method of paper and fine board sizing will be developed, with the objective of making them more resistant to the penetration of water and other liquids. This will minimise the disadvantages of current methods, improving final quality.
The partners will scale up the production of enzymes and reagents required to bring to market a new chemo-enzymatic technology for cellulose modification that can be used to develop a range of novel products and production processes.
Optimis project expects to work in the development of new agents of increase of effectiveness of the de-inking and recovery process in recycled fibres, as well as develop new agents of dry resistance alternative to the starch performing innovating functionalities.
The proposed cooperation of developing "rems", a new generation of incontinence sling, will enable adjustment and easy removal of the sling at anytime and with maximum safety, as opposed to current mesh slings that necessitate a surgical intervention.
To find a technical - economic solution that allows overcoming the current problems to produce white top testliners. That is, to produce white top testliner without white recycled fibres.