Innovation and R&D

Innovation and R&D

Strong innovation efforts enhance the value added to our customers. Innovation is the process of generating and implementing new ideas and solutions for the benefit of our customers.

Borregaard owns and operates the world's most advanced biorefinery. By using natural, sustainable raw materials, the company produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bioethanol that can replace oil-based products.

Chemistry is an important contributor to solving many of the challenges the world faces today in resource consumption, health and the environment. Many of the materials in our everyday lives are chemical products, often made from petroleum-based raw materials. In recent decades there has been much focus on the fact that oil is a non-renewable resource and that the combustion of fossil materials contributes to the emission of greenhouse gases that lead to climate change.

Sustainable methods

In addition to fuel ethanol and biodiesel, there are various materials and chemicals which can be produced from renewable raw materials harvested in a sustainable manner. Borregaard manufactures a range of products from wood that does not compete with food production – second generation products.

Long-standing research and development has resulted in solutions that respond to important long-term global challenges. By using natural, sustainable raw materials, Borregaard produces advanced and environmentally friendly biochemicals, biomaterials and bio-ethanol to replace petroleum-based alternatives and thereby contributes to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

Development of the biorefinery concept

To maintain its position as the world's most advanced biorefinery, Borregaard is dependent on developing the biorefinery concept by finding new bio-based raw materials, as well as new products and markets for bio-based chemicals and materials with the highest value and best environmental profile. Borregaard invests significant resources each year in this area.