Metsä Fibre's planned pulp mill in Finland could draw other industries to vicinity, including liquid biofuels, which would require a major partner, and textiles, which would use thread made from pine fiber, VTT Technical Research Centre says

, April 28, 2014 () – Experts at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland forecast that biofuel and textile industry may spring up around Metsä Fibre's planned new pulp mill in Äänekoski in Finland. VTT's unit in Jyväskylä has studied thread made from wood fibre for some time. The global market for these products is growing. VTT's method makes thread from pine fibre without heavy chemical processes. The raw material of pulp-based thread is 60% cheaper than cotton. The environmental problems of cotton production are also significant. In its research, VTT has used pulp from the Äänekoski mill. VTT also believes in the production of liquid biofuels. This requires a large company for a partner, however.

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