Kiilto participates in research project aiming to accelerate the development of bio-based binders and coatings

Kiilto is taking part in SUSBINCO research project, in which companies, universities and research organizations have joined forces to accelerate the research and development of sustainable bio-based binders and coatings.

Sustainable Binders and Coatings (SUSBINCO) is focused on sustainable bio-based binders and coatings that can be used in versatile applications such as fiber-based packaging, gasket materials, wood products, paints, adhesives, sealants, and abrasives. There is a great need for these new bio-based alternatives as they lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a reduced need for fossil-based raw materials.

Kiilto is a member of the project's steering group

 "We are really excited to take part in this large research project as a member of the steering group. We're expecting tremendous innovations in terms of new bio-based materials to be utilized in our solutions, boosting our strategic goal to be the environmental leader in our industry. One of the major benefits of participating in this project is the effective creation of co-operation network and thus new types of value chains," says Christopher Mills, Head of Innovation at Kiilto.

Christopher Mills, Head of Innovation at Kiilto

Ambitious goals

The overall aim of the SUSBINCO project is to develop sustainable bio-based binders and sustainable coatings as durable and safe alternatives for fossil-based materials in different product applications. The ambitious objective of the project is to achieve 80–100% bio-based content in the developed products.

The project has begun in Sep 2021 and will end in Nov 2023, and it has a total budget of 10.1 million euros.

The consortium consists of 11 industrial companies, of which 6 have their own parallel projects, and 7 research organizations. Kiilto, Brightplus, CH-Bioforce, MetGen and Valmet Technologies participate in the project with in-kind work and steering. In addition, there are industrial partners with their own parallel research projects: CH-Polymers, Metsä Board, Mirka, Montinutra, Teknos, and UPM. The research organisations in the consortium are Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology (LUT), Natural Resources Institute of Finland (Luke), Tampere University (TAU), University of Eastern Finland (UEF), University of Oulu (UO), VTT Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT), and Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU).

The consortium partners expect synergies along the value-chain between both the industrial and research partners, resulting in new technologies and a supporting scientific network to speed up R&D and commercialization within sustainable packaging and paint sectors.