Pulp Miller’s Strategy: Integrate Biochemicals (Furfural)
Pulp Mills are an ideal source of large amounts of 'free pentoses', from which furfural is made.

Sappi announced further progress in the development of its biorefinery capacity with the confirmation that it will construct a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex® technology for the production of Xylitol and Furfural (Image: thepaperstory.co.za, Sappi Ngodwana).

Pulp Mills are an ideal source of large amounts of ‘free pentoses’, from which furfural is made.

Finally [1], the paper industry is moving into the furfural biorefining space. Great News!

DalinYebo’s Insight:

  • Sappi has partnered with Dalin Yebo to develop a business case for conversion and extraction of furfural from PHK liquor at Ngodwana Mill and acid sulphite liquor at Saiccor Mill [2].
  • The team members of DalinYebo and its technology arm, International Furan Technology (Pty) Ltd, have been involved in pilot testing of pulp mill as a source for furfural production since the 1990s.
  • DalinYebo mentor, Dr. Karl Zeitsch, was the designer of a furfural plant that started production in the 1970s.

Project: Business Development (Pulp Mill) | Search: BBS | Explore: BBS-Biorefining™ (“BBS”)

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