Image

NZ Bio Forestry signs biochemicals MOU

13 July 2023
Japan based Refine Holdings and NZ Bio Forestry have recently signed an MoU in Tokyo. This MoU outlines a joint research and commercial programme to develop a suite of biochemicals from Pinus radiata for the automotive, technology, EV battery, and solvent markets.

NZ Bio Forestry CEO, Wayne Mulligan, says NZ Bio Forestry has invested five years in refining Pinus radiata at tonne scale. “We have completed the technical feasibility and commercial validation to form biochemicals, bioenergy and biomaterials. This work with Refine Holdings will be undertaken with our Taiwan partner, INSPIRA Applied BioSolutions which owns the proprietary bioconversion technology platform.

“We’re focusing our biochemical platform to meet the needs of Refine Holdings in illustrating how biochemical refining enables development of non-fossil energy, material, and chemical products. We are proud to be working with Refine Holdings in Taiwan and Japan,” Mulligan says. “NZ Bio Forestry believes Aotearoa-New Zealand can be at the forefront of connecting with exciting markets seeking new and globally relevant biochemical applications.”

“We are excited to cooperate with NZ Bio Forestry and hope that this project, which realises effective use of unused biomass resources in New Zealand, will provide practical chemical products such as organic solvents all over the world,” President/CEO Dr. Yasuhito Kawase of Refine Holdings said. “Combining recycling of those solvents is one of the Refine group’s specialties. We aim to achieve a true cradle-to-cradle-circular bioeconomy. We aim to be a role model of a sustainable society,” he says.

Source: NZ Bioforestry

Read More
Image

Earlybird rates end TODAY

Earlybird rates end this Friday for Environmental Forestry Conference On 25-26 June, ourFIEA Annual Environmental Forestry Conference is running. Registrations are going very well. We bring practical foresters together with local regulators and national policy-makers to debate and bring constructive ...
Read more
Image

Decarbonising transport & logistics

New Zealand environmental specialist, Toitū, recently held a panel to discuss how New Zealand’s transportation and logistics industry, the nation’s second-largest emissions source, can take effective climate action. They shed light on the critical pressures facing supply chains and how to respond ...
Read more
Image

FIEA wood residues conference: time for action

Low carbon economies, extreme weather events, and building resilient domestic supply chains are critical issues in 2024 and beyond. In New Zealand, this has created opportunities for the forestry sector, including significant investments in forest residues. Harvesting regulations are mandating more wood be collected from the forest ...
Read more
Image

Calling all NZ loader operators – be part of this study

Driven by mechanisation, traditional career pathways in forestry crews are evolving. As part of the Primary Growth Partnership (PGP) programme, ‘Te Mahi Ngahere i te Ao Hurihuri – Forestry Work in the Modern Age’, the Scion Human Factors research group ...
Read more
Image

Kiwi bird surprises at Rosvall Sawmill

Workers at Rosvall Sawmill near Whangārei, New Zealand, had an unexpected visitor, a fully grown kiwi bird. The bird casually strolled into the mill early one Monday morning, and spent a few hours exploring the premises before it found a ...
Read more
Image

Every second counts

During hot and dry periods, there is a serious risk of wildfires. Moreover, a single spark can be enough to start one, in which case every second counts. Having fire extinguishing equipment close at hand can make all the difference ...
Read more
Image

Superhuman AI – smarter than every human by 2025

Billionaire tech boss Elon Musk has recently predicted that superhuman artificial intelligence (AI), surpassing human intellect, could become a reality as soon as next year. If this kind of prediction becomes true, are humans ready to embrace that machines can ...
Read more
Image

Swiss develop drone to explore forest canopy

Inspired by cockroaches, Swiss researchers have developed a new drone which can push away obstacles and move past them. In the future, it will be used to measure biodiversity in remote areas. Environmental monitoring in areas with dense vegetation is ...
Read more
Image

NZ forestry H&S statistics updated – March 2024

Safetree NZ has released their H&S stats dashboard for March 2024. WorkSafe provides statistics on forestry fatalities and workplace incidents. These investigations help inform us of any key issues or trends as they come to light. Overall, there is a downward trend ...
Read more