Valmet and ReneMat join forces to help pulp mills develop lignin projects

May 16, 2024

Valmet and ReneMat have finalized a Collaboration Agreement to jointly develop lignin projects within the pulp and paper industry. This includes confirming the full value proposition of lignin production costs and commercialization prior to investment decisions by the mills. The partnership mitigates risk by providing commercially proven Valmet LignoBoost technology, qualifying the mill lignin for specific applications with customers, and securing commercial off-takes while addressing the impact of lignin production on mill operations. The result is a validated business case including financial returns prior to any investment.


Valmet has extensive experience in delivering kraft lignin production technology. We have already delivered four LignoBoost plants since 2013. During these years we have further developed the lignin quality our technology can produce and the supporting technologies for the complete lignin mill concept. With the cooperation with ReneMat we have the opportunity to serve our customers with even wider expert support for the whole lignin value chain,” says Hanna Karlsson, Business Development Manager, Lignin Technology, at Valmet.   

Lignin is one of the most abundant renewable polymers on the planet, and the Pulp & Paper industry is currently burning it as a source of energy for the mill. Today, an identifiable mega-trend exists with end-use customers moving away from products produced from fossil fuels.

Because of this, the market pull for biobased materials is now unprecedented. Lignin-based products can replace numerous fossil-based products, such as plastics, components of lead acid batteries, adhesives, and dispersants, just to name a few. Lignin customers are looking for matching performance, surety of supply, and contracting with multiple credible mill sources.

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About ReneMat

ReneMat offers an integrated biomaterials solution for the pulp & paper industry by developing and operating Kraft lignin production facilities on-site integrated with softwood pulp mills. Their unique business model bridges the boundaries between markets, technology, production locations, organizations, and applications. 

ReneMat’s innovative structure allows its Pulp Mill partners to participate in the entire value chain, from source to end use. This allows pulp mills to capture higher downstream product margin, increasing revenues for the mill while reducing the risk of commoditization, as well as providing customers surety of supply. is a privately owned company and the head office is in North Carolina, USA.

About Valmet

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. With our automation systems and flow control solutions we serve an even wider base of process industries. Our more than 19,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day.

The company has over 220 years of industrial history and a strong track record in continuous improvement and renewal. Valmet’s net sales in 2023 were approximately EUR 5.5 billion.