Piloting in technology transfer

Novel pilots for regenerated cellulose fibre production

Key words: Man-made cellulosic fibers/fibres, Wood-based textile fibers/fibres, Fiber/fibre spinning, Cellulose carbamate, Ioncell / Ioncell-F
Biocelsol, Wet spinning pilot, Dry-jet wet spinning pilot

DURATION: 45 min + 15 min Q&A

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The consumption of textile fibres has increased from 50 million tons to more than 70 million tons during the last decade. The trend is expected to continue due to demographic and economic development. Textile industry needs new sustainable solutions to meet this increasing demand. Novel man-made cellulose fibers have a huge global business potential, and a lot of technology development is on-going around this topic. Piloting is an important step in the transferring of the new technologies towards industrialization.

In this webinar, VTT will introduce the brand-new textile pilot facilities at Bioruukki. In addition, you will hear about the latest developments in the sustainable textile fiber production technologies, experiences on recent demonstrations (including a story on how waste cotton ended up in the evening dress that MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen wore in Finlands Independence Day 2017 reception), and how digitalization accelerates piloting and commerzialisation opening a rapid route for technology transfer and providing more security in licencing.


  • Digitalization as piloting and  commerzialisation accelerator
  • From bench to pilot scale; utilisation of VTT’s pilot facility for proof-of-concept demos
  • Development of the Ioncell technology towards piloting

Key learning objectives

  1. Get to know three sustainable options for regenerated cellulose fiber production
  2. Learn the good practices for demonstrations
  3. How digitilization accelerates piloting and commerzialisation of new processing technologies?
  4. Introduction to the available pilot facilities for textile fiber production

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Presented by:

Ali Harlin

Ali Harlin, Research Professor, +358 40 533 2179, ali.harlin@vtt.fi
Dr. Ali Harlin, Dr.Sc.(Tech), Research Professor in bioeconomy at VTT,  has experience from petrochemical, machinery and forest industries. He has some 200 scientific and original publications as well he is inventor of some 60 patents.  He is active in research on novel and added value chemical and material applications of biomass and especially wood based lignocellulosics.

Marianna Vehviläinen, Senior Scientist, +358 40 67 45 437, marianna.vehvilainen@vtt.fi
Dr. Marianna Vehviläinen  is a Senior Scientist at VTT since 2016. Dr. Vehviläinen is specialised in dissolution of cellulose and wet-spinning of cellulosic fibres. She has long-term experience in mechanical, chemical and enzymatic modifications of cellulose, and dissolution of modified cellulose into water-based solvents. She has deep know-how in wet-spinning of cellulosic solutions into textile fibres and is keen on developing technologies that offer an ecologic option for the current processes and that are viable for industrialisation.

Jari Laine, Doctoral candidate at Aalto University, M.Sc. (Tech),  +358 50 567 7226, jari.laine@aalto.fi
Jari Laine is responsible of business model development and value chain design in Ioncell commercialization project. He has over 20 years of industrial executive experience in  global enterprises topped with 8 years of research project work and lecturing at Aalto University. Jari has experience of building and leading successful P&L responsible organizations and project  teams in ICT, consumer electronics and branded consumer goods industries in an international context.

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