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Petri Tolonen to Lead Ch-Bioforce: Finnish Company Offers Great Potential for Global Circular Economy

With more than 30 years of international business experience, Mr Petri Tolonen M.Sc. (Eng.) has been appointed CEO of CH-Bioforce Oy, a Finnish developer of biomass fractionation technology. With the new CEO, CH-Bioforce is now commercializing the results of more than four years of intensive research and development.

The pilot plant in Raisio is conducting transformational research, and the company's goal this year is to raise wider awareness among manufacturers and consumers of responsible products.
“CH-Bioforce has developed a whole new way to handle biomass. The method allows all three fractions of biomass – cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose – to be separated in the same process into high-quality industrial raw materials. Use of this technology allows industrial by-products to become an alternative to oil- and food-based raw materials”, says Mr Tolonen, who started as CEO in January.
New biomaterials can replace fossil-based raw materials, such as oil, used in the manufacture of consumer products and also agricultural-based raw materials, such as cotton and starch. It can thus respond to many challenges of climate change and sustainable agriculture around the world.
From research to practice – for the environment
CH-Bioforce's innovative, world-changing technology and the opportunities it brings are the key reasons for Tolonen’s decision to start leading the next global Finnish success story.
“We are on the crest of the wave when it comes to green technology. To slow down climate change and conserve natural resources, the growing and necessary direction is to process all possible industrial and agricultural by-products into useful end products instead of being incinerated or landfilled – globally.”
The growth company’s intensive research and development have found that all biomass fractions are suitable for high-value products that can be used in a wide variety of commercial product applications.
“The hemicellulose, lignin, and cellulose separated by our technology can be used in the paper and board industry, the textile industry, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, or the food industry, to name but a few.”
The process developed by CH-Bioforce is highly scalable and does not require hundreds of millions of investments to adapt it to the industrial level. During the past year, despite the challenging economic climate, this has been piloted at the Raisio plant, and the technology has been introduced to large companies interested in innovations and potential investors.
Clear direction for business growth
CH-Bioforce, with its customers, has taken product development to the stage where product quality and price competitiveness can be relied on 100%. This year’s direction is clear. CH-Bioforce plans to invest in an industrial-scale biorefinery, license the technology to its customers and continue development and commercial test runs in Raisio.
“In addition to the materials produced for our customers, we can demonstrate our technology in practice at our production facility to our customers who are interested in licensing. We are constantly looking for customers for technology licensing and are open to discussing our biorefinery investment with new partners and financiers,” Tolonen says, describing future plans.


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