Trifilon itself represents a new generation of material companies that has performance and sustainability as its business model. Trifilon describes its approach to technology development as holistic. It critically considers all components of its biocomposite compounds and can do so because the company is independent from single-source commodities. Trifilon is not owned by any agricultural or forestry industry, for example. That freedom means the best possible components are considered for any raw material categories. And the company sees that as essential for its brand.
The promise of the company’s technology has attracted talented new personnel, such as David Sandquist who comes from the VTT Research Centre in Finland. It has also attracted capital investment, which the company has used to build a unique production system. This system benefits from a number of innovations from fiber chemistry and bio-refining to compounding technology with its complex periphery upstream and downstream systems.
The focus of the company on functional composites has helped it attract collaborative partners like RenCom whose technology produces thermal plastics from lignin, a byproduct of the forestry industry. Christopher Carrick, CEO of RenCom, said the collaboration may result in a new generation of commercial biocomposites in which all ingredients are derived from bio-based feedstocks.
“In the last ten years the market realized it doesn’t want petro-based polymers. So companies like Trifilon were able, economically, to develop performance-based compounds as a way to satisfy that demand. What we intend to do is fully, incrementally replace all fossil ingredients, but still make a performance-based compound. That’s the next generation, for the next ten years,”said Carrick. Trifilon will show the fruits of their collaboration with RenCom – a hemp-fiber biocomposite that uses lignin-derived thermal plastics – at Plastteknik Nordic in Malmö.
At Trifilon’s new Nyköping factory, which has a capacity of 4,000 tonnes annually, the client list and order stock increase daily. The company was pleased to announce recently that it had begun supplying materials at a competitive industrial scale.
“Now we can fine-tune materials, not only for mechanical needs and production requirements, but also for aesthetics, colors and haptics. Our clients appreciate that flexibility,” says Jeremiah Dutton, Chief Sales Officer.
Last year the World Wildlife Fund highlighted Trifilon’s materials as one of the top 10 climate-solving technologies in Europe. The recognition verified and quantified the sustainability benefits achievable with the new biocomposite technology.
“All of us at Trifilon are happy to be a leader in this emerging product category and proud that Sweden leads the way for next generation bio-materials,” says Martin Lidstrand, Trifilon’s CEO.
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