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Local production of woodbased textiles in Sweden

BioInnovation, the strategic R&D initiative between the Chemical, Textile and Forest industries, has announced the granting of its first innovation project "Establishing locally produced textiles in Sweden". The project will be led by Pernilla Walkenström from Swerea IVF and has a budget of 45.4 million SEK over three years. Behind the project are companies, research institutes and academia that during three years will work together to create sustainable production of new textile fiber from wood based raw materials or recycled bio-based textiles.

Project background

The global demand for textile fibers is growing as a result of a growing middle class and urbanization - the demand is expected  to triple by year 2050. Production of oil-based textile fiber and cotton fiber has peaked partly due to adverse effects on the environment. The purpose of this project is to investigate whether, and how, sustainable bio-based textile production can be achieved through the production of textile fibers from wood based raw materials or recycled bio-based textiles.

Project objectives

The project is a strategic initiative to develop the area around the non-woven and textile materials in Sweden. It will be done by creating an overall knowledge platform for the new cross-industry collaboration and new business models, and by taking out individual examples as proof-of-concept.


For more information about the project contact Project Manager Pernilla Walkenström, Swerea IVF, mobile number: + 46 76 147 6323

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Anders Eliasson

Senior Investment Advisor, Materials Stockholm , Sweden Senior Investment Advisor, Materials, Stockholm , Sweden
+46 70 342 43 60