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Cellulose replaces plastic in future packaging material

nanocelulosa industrialCellulose replaces plastic in future packaging material

Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall and MoRe Research in Örnsköldsvik Sweden are cooperating with the Norwegian research institute RISE PFI on the PlastiCel project. The aim is to develop composite materials from nanocellulose and cellulose, which can be used as a barrier for heat, air and moisture. This means that products such as fish trays which are mostly made from plastic today, might in the future consist of temperature isolating composite materials made from cellulose and nanocellulose, with good barrier characteristics against air and moisture.

The aim is to develop a packaging which can withstand long transports and thus could be used to transport fish. The packaging is coated with a thin film made from plasticised cellulose and nanocellulose, giving a barrier against oxygen.

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Finland needs an owners' party

Finland partyFinland needs an owners' party

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Nordnet strategist Jukka Oksaharju writes in the column about state-owned listed companies. Oksaharju believes that a state-owned company is incapable of acting like a normal listed company competing in the market economy. He says that the state investment company Solidium is seeking board memberships in Metso, Sampo and Stora Enso and asks whether it would not create more added value, for example, to bring know-how from Sampo to Solidium, and not the other way around.

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Ciencia: Un pañal para los árboles

arboles areas protegidasCiencia: Un pañal para los árboles

La demanda creciente de madera y de pasta de celulosa para papel y cartón condujo progresivamente a la expansión de la superficie de cultivo del eucalipto. En ese camino, con mayor o menor éxito, los productores comenzaron a extender sus cultivos y a introducir plantaciones en zonas que se consideraban inhóspitas para esa especie.
 
Fuente: UBA. Nexo Ciencias. Por Gabriel Stekolschik
 
Ese proceso gradual fue acompañado por investigaciones científicas destinadas a modificar la genética de la planta, con el fin de lograr su adaptación a los nuevos ecosistemas.

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Los tres grandes retos del agua a los que tenemos que enfrentarnos

aguaLos tres grandes retos del agua a los que tenemos que enfrentarnos

Mejorar los procesos de potabilización del agua, la depuración de aguas residuales y frenar el consumo excesivo de agua en el sector agrícola

El agua, a pesar de cubrir el 70 % de la superficie de la Tierra, es un bien escaso. Esto se debe a que sólo un 2,5 % de ese agua es dulce, y sólo un 0,3 % de ese porcentaje se halla en lagos y ríos y está disponible para el consumo humano.

Esta escasez de agua, un recurso tan preciado, provoca que existan grandes retos a los que el ser humano tiene que dar respuesta. Estos son los tres principales:

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Pointer Telocation signs new fleet management contract with Fibria

fibria arbolesPointer Telocation signs new fleet management contract with Fibria

According to Lesprom Network, Israel's Pointer Telocation Ltd., a leading developer and operator of Fleet and Mobile Resource Management (MRM) solutions, announced winning of an important fleet management contract in Brazil. Fibria’s Três Lagoas unit in Mato Grosso do Sol, deployed Pointer's Salvador telemetry solution, to manage truck drivers transporting wood to the manufacturing plant.

Pointer's device installed in vehicles analyzes speed, engine RPM and various other vehicle information, acting to keep the drivers driving within a predefined range. The solution also positively impacts maintenance schedules, improves safety by compelling drivers to maintain speed limits, and enables fuel savings as well as lower emissions. Over seventy parameters are analyzed and combined to improve driving habits.

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Ence impulsa la lucha contra el gorgojo del eucalipto

Gorgojo del EucaliptoEnce impulsa la lucha contra el gorgojo del eucalipto

Santiago. Una nutrida representación de empresas, centros de investigación, universidades, asociaciones y administraciones públicas de España, Portugal y Chile se dieron cita en Pontevedra para asistir al Encuentro Internacional para la Lucha Contra el Gorgojo del Eucalipto promovido por el grupo Ence.

En la edición de este año, tal y como informa la pastera, participaron 37 personas de 23 organizaciones, un 20 % más que en la del ejercicio pasado, compartiendo puntos de vista, problemas y soluciones para avanzar en la reducción del impacto de los ataques del Gonipterus al eucalipto.

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Increased prices for Swedish forestry products

cortadora sueciaIncreased prices for Swedish forestry products

The Swedish forestry industry, as the third largest exporter of wood products in the world, has benefited from increased global prices on wood boards and planks in the last two years. Prices on coniferous sulphate pulp have also reached new record-high levels. Several investments in the industry will increase the production of pulp in Sweden. For example, pulp and paper company SCA will open a new pulp facility in the summer of 2018.

The latter coincides with a historically high pulp price of USD 1,130 (EUR 919.08) per tonne. Johan Freij, Head of Business Area Forestry and Agricultural at bank Danske Bank, says that the recent price increase for wood products has been steady and continuous unlike earlier increases. The lack of pulp and wood as well as well-stocked order books have caused the record-high prices. Mr Freij meanwhile warns that changes in China might affect the Swedish forestry market because the country has been the most important importer of wood products with 24 million cubic meters in 2017.

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