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November 1, 2023

Press release

Sweden Timber completes the acquisition of Stora Enso’s biocomposite business

“This will be another step in our plan to continue growing and developing the company,” says the group’s owner Mikael Arvidsson.

Through the acquisition, Sweden Timber expands its existing product portfolio containing paper and sawn wood products with wood fiber composite. The business was started in 2018 by Stora Enso and is today a global supplier to those who wish to replace traditional plastic with a more environmentally friendly alternative.

Sweden Timber has for a long time been the main supplier of fiber raw material for the biocomposite. With the acquisition, a long-term supply of raw materials for the biocomposite production is secured with opportunities to grow.

We look forward to continuing to drive innovation and growth together with the team by ensuring quality and products that create value for our customers.

Stora Enso and the team have done a fantastic job developing the products within biocomposite, where 1kg of wood fiber replaces 2kg of oil. We look positively on the future, there are endless plastic products that can be replaced with our more environmentally friendly alternative for one sustainable future, for real.

waste container bioplastics

2 Oct 2023

sustainable waste container

Introducing a new container – cutting emissions by more than 50%

FrostPharma has together with Mälarplast, and in collaboration with Stora Enso, developed a range of new hazardous waste containers consisting of a renewable material, biocomposites. A material made of Nordic wood fibers and bio-based PP.

“The product line is called WoodSafe®, and it consists of seven containers in different sizes. They are already in use, the results are great, and it’s been well received by the market,” says Peter Wall CEO Mälarplast.

A life cycle assessment performed by an independent party looked at WoodSafe® waste container’s environmental impact and compared the material to the most common alternatives available in the market. It showed that by using a WoodSafe® container you can lower the CO2 emissions by up to 66% compared to when using a container from virgin plastic.

“Our mission was to lower the carbon footprint from the healthcare sector and create a sustainable, yet safe, alternative to today’s products,” says Henrik Alfredsson from FrostPharma.

The result is WoodSafe®, manufactured in Sweden with renewable raw materials. The containers are easy to implement as they have the same sizes and the same handling as the ones traditionally used.

Clinical waste containers are the 3rd biggest source of plastic waste in the healthcare sector. Danderyd’s Hospital in Sweden is one hospital who identified the impact a switch to WoodSafe waste containers can make.

“This new product reduces our climate impact. The only difference from the old waste container is that it smells like wood. Otherwise, no difference, they are great and easy to work with,” says Johanna Albert, Anesthesiologist, Danderyd’s Hospital.

WoodSafe® products are approved according to UN3291ISO23907 and ADR.


waste container bioplastics

2 Oct 2023

6 feb, 2023

UV performance woodcomposites

UV-testing – here are the results!

Discovering the UV stability of woodcompounds has been a focus of our extensive testing efforts. Our results indicate that for a wide range of pertinent applications, the necessary UV thresholds have been successfully met, making our materials suitable for direct sunlight exposure. This achievement follows the development of our Prime family in 2021, intended to supplant high-performance polymers like PPGF, HIPS, and ABS, with applications spanning electronics casings and components, helmets, safety products, and automotive interiors. Customer pilot feedback, particularly regarding UV performance, has driven us to conduct numerous tests, ultimately leading to successful enhancements. The tests, executed on representative high-performance material samples, included exposure to UV light for 500 and 1000 hours, simulating long-term exposure under various conditions worldwide. Our findings indicate that mechanical properties generally remain stable, with observed changes primarily in surface and visual aspects. These changes depend on the specific test conditions, the inclusion of color and UV-masterbatch, with color selection affecting the degree of whitening. To ensure optimal UV performance, we recommend combining UV additives with a color masterbatch, thereby meeting the necessary UV levels for a wide array of outdoor applications.”