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11.12.2017

A little help from our friends

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11.12.2017

A little help from our friends

004-spinnova-kuvitus-web-2135Is it just me or are Finns completely rocking cellulose R&D right now? Being new to the industry, I’ve been astonished by the speed and volume of new cellulose-based innovation. World-changing inventions keep popping up, such as the latest news on Welmu, who has developed cellulose-based cling film.

When it comes to Finnish, sustainable cellulose-based textile innovations, Spinnova isn’t alone. Several new sustainable cellulose-based textile materials are developing in Finland. This is, however, not just a product of our entrepreneurial spirit.

Scientific support

How a country fosters innovation, research and development, is of also significant importance. Our grey eminence, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, as well as Aalto university, University of Helsinki and Technical University of Tampere are all strongly involved in new material development.

What else drives us? As Finland has the most forests in Europe, we know our raw material. Pulp mills have for long been the backbone of Finnish industrial development. Now, the stagnating, if not declining, consumption of paper has made us think of new ways of putting our expertise to better use. Lucky for the planet, most inventions are highly sustainable, trying to replace less eco-friendly materials.

Money talks

Is knowing your cellulose enough? No. A disruptive startup needs a lot of friends with skills and means. We have developed our method for producing good quality textile fibre out of cellulose without dissolving or harmful chemicals for three years as a company, and are now entering a small industrial scale operation. Being on the verge of commercialization at this point wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for a “little” help from our friends.

An invention can be one man’s idea, but disruption takes R&D investment, skilled and committed people, financing, more investment, and above all, good partners who believe in the innovation. We are lucky to have all these in place at the moment.

As our planet is in a deepening crisis, sustainable innovation needs accelerating. This is why we hope that the finance community shifts its attention from the old that can no longer be to the new and improved.

Our sincere thanks to all those who keep us rocking.

 

Emmi Berlin
Head of Communications
@emmiberl

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16.11.2017

The painful truth, frustration and passion – My 1st month @Spinnova

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16.11.2017

The painful truth, frustration and passion – My 1st month @Spinnova

Ignorance is bliss, they say. Having worked in the renewable energy industry before now, I thought myself pretty aware though, of theIMG_2238 grave challenges of this planet. However, I’ve never given the slightest thought to the environmental impacts of the textile industry in particular. After joining Spinnova, the sustainable fibre company, my head’s become a heated heap of thoughts of three types.

The painful truth

I’m no shopaholic, but do have to admit to some serious fast fashion and other hasty purchases over the years. After discarding my old clothes in a recycling bin, I’ve never thought about what happens then. I’ve always happily dressed my children in synthetic fibres and regular cotton. Microplastics in the sea has been nothing but a glimpse of a tweet in my feed.

But now. Awareness is painful. Instead of giving a one-page rant, let’s just say the textile industry is the world’s no. 2 polluter, the dirtiest industry after crude oil.

The frustration

The change is happening though – right here at Spinnova and many other innovative companies as I write. Yet, what’s most painful for someone with as little patience as I, is realizing it takes time. Spinnova has invented the most ecological textile fibre on the planet, but it will take a while before we can deliver it.

I don’t even know if cellulose-made textiles will be an everyday commodity in my lifetime. If so, will they truly replace the more harmful ones? And if so, how much actual impact that will have on the climate, the ground and the seas at the end of the day?

No-one has the answers right now. What counts is the intent, the skill and the resources that create sustainable innovation.

The passion

I am so proud to fight the good fight. What makes me very hopeful is not only the fantastic innovation that Spinnova is; a communicator’s dream. There is nothing shady about it – nothing.

It’s also the people I’m surrounded by; a team of scientists that truly want to make a change for the better. Their hard work, experience, knowledge and inventiveness are one thing, but their passion is just something else. What’s also mind blowing is that we discuss all kinds of environmental problems and their solutions on an everyday basis.

Like-minded people that we meet join these conversations. It seems that everyone genuinely shares the same cause and wants to help one another get ahead. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen such solidarity between a team or a company and its stakeholders.

Between you and me, I don’t think these types businesses are primarily founded to make money, although that’s a very likely side product of the innovations.

I think they were founded simply to change the world.

Emmi Berlin
Head of Communications
Spinnova


Stay tuned as our story evolves
– And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIN!

 

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13.11.2017

WSA: Spinning threads from green gold

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13.11.2017

WSA: Spinning threads from green gold

“The Finnish and Brazilian companies are developing a cellulosic fibre that uses a mechanical process to turn the fibre into yarn, doing away with the need for most chemicals, water and energy.”

Spinnova was featured in the World Sports Activewear (WSA) magazine’s September-October issue – Use the link for the full story!

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07.11.2017

Spinnova & Marimekko on Finnish morning TV

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07.11.2017

Spinnova & Marimekko on Finnish morning TV

This morning, our CEO and founder Janne Poranen popped in MTV’s Huomenta Suomi (Good Morning Finland) with Marimekko’s CEO Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, with our good news on our R&D cooperation. The clip starts from 1.06.35.

Watch the clip!

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06.11.2017

Marimekko and Spinnova start cooperation with the aim of furthering wood-based textiles’ market entry

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06.11.2017

Marimekko and Spinnova start cooperation with the aim of furthering wood-based textiles’ market entry

Marimekko Corporation, Press Release, 6 November 2017

Marimekko and the Finnish fibre technology company Spinnova have begun cooperating on the development and market entry of new, wood-based textiles. With its fashion and textile industry expertise, Marimekko supports Spinnova in developing and commercializing textiles made with pulp-based fibre spun with Spinnova’s technology. Spinnova is currently the only company in the world able to convert pulp directly into textile fibre without chemical solvents. Marimekko’s involvement helps the end products fulfil the industry’s quality and sustainability requirements.

Increasing the proportion of the more sustainable BCI cotton and new, environment-friendly materials is one of the most important objectives of Marimekko’s sustainability strategy that extends to 2020. Marimekko wants to invest in materials that are increasingly consistent with the principles of sustainable development, and is therefore involved in developing and testing new materials.

With Spinnova-developed technology, pulp can be spun into textile fibre without chemical processing. The method is considerably less of a strain on the environment than e.g. viscose or cotton production. The manufacture of textile fibre spun with Spinnova’s method consumes some 99 percent less water than cotton production. A fabric made with Spinnova fibre can be reused, recycled or composted, which further reduces the product’s environmental footprint.

”We believe that cooperation between the textile industry and innovative companies such as Spinnova is key in bringing new materials to the market. We have been involved in material research for years and have paid close attention to developments in this area. It is great to see that such globally significant expertise and technology needed for material development exist in Finland,” says Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, President and CEO of Marimekko.

”The textile industry’s view is pivotal in developing and commercializing our product. We see our cooperation with Marimekko providing us with the valuable expert knowledge and industry know-how that we need to help us expedite the global commercialization of our ecological product,” says Janne Poranen, CEO of Spinnova.

Further information:

Asta Halme, Marimekko Communications
Tel. +358 9 7587 233
asta.halme@marimekko.com

Spinnova
Janne Poranen, CEO
Tel. +358 400 138 711

 

Marimekko is a Finnish design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company’s product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware. When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. Marimekko products are sold in about 40 countries. In 2016, brand sales of the products worldwide amounted to EUR 199 million and the company’s net sales were close to EUR 100 million. Roughly 160 Marimekko stores serve customers around the globe. The key markets are Northern Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The Group employs about 400 people. The company’s share is quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. www.marimekko.com

Spinnova is a Finnish wood fibre company that develops ecological breakthrough technology for manufacturing pulp-based textile fibre. Spinnova’s patented technology saves water, energy and chemicals, making wood-based textile fibre significantly more ecological than cotton or the current man-made fibres. Spinnova’s objective is to globally commercialize pulp-based textile fibre. Based in Jyväskylä, Central Finland, Spinnova employs 10 experts. www.spinnova.fi / @spinnovaltd

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24.10.2017

Emmi Berlin appointed Spinnova’s Head of Communications

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24.10.2017

Emmi Berlin appointed Spinnova’s Head of Communications

EmmiBerlin Emmi Berlin has been appointed wood fibre company Spinnova’s Head of Communications as of 23 October, 2017. Berlin will be in charge of Spinnova’s internal and external communications as well as public and media relations.

Berlin has over 15 years of experience in corporate communications, investor relations and marketing. In the recent years, she has e.g. been responsible for communications and marketing of the Finnish wind power technology company Moventas.

“It’s an honor to become part of Spinnova’s story. As a communicator, a cause as ecologically and ethically sustainable as this is endlessly inspiring”, comments Berlin.

– Spinnova’s objective is globally commercialize pulp-based textile fibre. Raising awareness by means of communications is thus vital for our growth story. We are delighted to have Emmi as part of our great team, says Spinnova’s CEO Janne Poranen.

Janne Poranen

CEO

Spinnova Ltd.

janne.poranen@spinnova.fi

+358 400 138 711

 

Mrs Berlin is available for any media enquiries at

emmi.berlin@spinnova.fi

+358 400 903 260

@emmiberl / @spinnovaltd

 

Spinnova is a Finnish wood fibre company that develops ecological breakthrough technology for manufacturing pulp-based textile fibre. Spinnova’s patented technology saves water, energy and chemicals, making wood-based textile fibre significantly more ecological than cotton or the current man-made fibres. Spinnova’s objective is to globally commercialize pulp-based textile fibre. Based in Jyväskylä, Central Finland, Spinnova employs 10 experts.

www.spinnova.fi / @spinnovaltd

 

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07.07.2017

Fibria and Spinnova partnership

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07.07.2017

Fibria and Spinnova partnership

Spinnova and Fibria started long term partnership

 

Spinnova has started long term partnership with Fibria, Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests. Through 5 M€ investment Fibria is Spinnova’s new minor shareholder and board member. To verify Spinnova technologies in pre-commercial scale it is agreed to start a joint development project targeting pilot scale production. It is also agreed to establish JV for the production and trading of Spinnova products when reaching commercial stage.

 

The new partnership with Fibria will help Spinnova grow our business faster and significantly enhance our global competitiveness. We value highly this win-win partnership with a lot of strategic level synergies and a shared vision. We have been impressed with Fibria’s ability to work with a small technology company when actively looking for new business opportunities.

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Janne Poranen, CEO

 

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22.05.2017

A-Studio

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22.05.2017

A-Studio

Interview of Spinnova CEO Janne Poranen in Finnish televisio (A-Studio, starting from minute 9).

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22.05.2017

Spinnova in ASI

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22.05.2017

Spinnova in ASI

A short article about Spinnova in ASI.

 

 

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28.03.2017

Spinnova Fabric at Design museum

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28.03.2017

Spinnova Fabric at Design museum

Go and see Fabrics made from Spinnova Yarns at Finnish Design museum.

Fabrics are made by Justus Kantakoski from Aalto Arts.

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28.03.2017

Top 10 Fabric Innovations:

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28.03.2017

Top 10 Fabric Innovations:

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18.11.2016

Spinnova in the castle!

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18.11.2016

Spinnova in the castle!

invitation

Big and happy surprise arrived this week. It is a great honour to be invited!

I want to thank Spinnova great team for this accomplishment.

 

Janne Poranen, CEO

 

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08.11.2016

Spinnova in the media

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08.11.2016

Spinnova in the media

Spinnova is happy to be part of Maaseudun Tulevaisuus 100 year anniversary special edition.

Link to the story and video

 

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08.11.2016

Our first 100% Tree Shirt

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08.11.2016

Our first 100% Tree Shirt

We are exited to show the first Spinnova t-shirt made by Melli Ecodesign.

Spinnova first Tree Shirt

 

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09.02.2016

Spinnova was selected among 20 most promising startup companies in Finland!

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09.02.2016

Spinnova was selected among 20 most promising startup companies in Finland!

We are honored to be on that list. It is great to see so many young companies with exciting innovations. I am sure we will hear more about them in the future.

Congratulations to our great team and all the other companies!

Janne Poranen – CEO

Read the whole article here (in Finnish).

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25.01.2016

Spinnova’s first anniversary

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25.01.2016

Spinnova’s first anniversary

We are celebrating our first anniversary – one year since we started our operations in Spinnova. The first year was filled with excitement, motivation, great results and extremely good team spirit. Thanks to our great team we were able to make huge step in technology development in 2015. Our IPR development was also very successful.

 

At the end of the year we moved to a new location where we have modern and brand new facilities designed specifically for our purposes. We would like to thank all our partners, owners, customers and subcontractors for their support and commitment which have been essential for our successful first year. We are looking forward to the second year and all the challenges which are waiting to be solved.

 

Janne Poranen – CEO

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31.03.2015

Tiedote: Spinnova kehittää kuusi- ja mäntykuiduista ympäristöystävällistä kuitulankateknologiaa

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31.03.2015

Tiedote: Spinnova kehittää kuusi- ja mäntykuiduista ympäristöystävällistä kuitulankateknologiaa

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT:n uusin spin-off on Jyväskylässä tammikuussa toimintansa aloittanut tutkimus- ja tuotekehitysyritys Spinnova Oy. Se kehittää VTT:llä alkunsa saanutta kuitulankateknologiaa. Menetelmä poikkeaa merkittävästi perinteisistä langan valmistusteknologioista, koska siinä ei tarvita kemiallisia, energiaa ja vettä kuluttavia työvaiheita.

Spinnovan teknologian ideana on kehrätä lanka suoraan puukuiduista. Menetelmä soveltuu erityisesti kotimaisten pitkäkuituisten puulajien – kuusen ja männyn – jalostamiseen. Kyseessä on ainut teknologia, jolla voidaan valmistaa lankaa suoraan puukuiduista ilman kemiallista käsittelyä.

Yrityksen toimitusjohtajana toimii Janne Poranen, jolla on pitkä ura VTT:n kuituteknologian johtotehtävissä. Menetelmän ideoinut Juha Salmela työskentelee yrityksen teknologiajohtajana.
Spinnovan puukuitulankahanke voitti helmikuussa työ- ja elinkeinoministeriön biojalostamokilpailun.

Spinnova on kerännyt 1,95 miljoonan euron sijoituksen. Rahoittajina ovat VTT Ventures, itävaltalainen Lenzig AG, sijoitusyhtiö FIM:n hallituksen jäsen Markku Kaloniemi, Nokian entinen teknologiajohtaja Yrjö Neuvo, Esko Liirin perheen sijoitusyhtiö Besodos Oy sekä Small Giant -peliyhtiön toimitusjohtaja Timo Soininen.

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24.02.2015

Puusta lankaa – Spinnova sai valtion biojalostamokilpailun päävoiton

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24.02.2015

Puusta lankaa – Spinnova sai valtion biojalostamokilpailun päävoiton

Helsingin Sanomat kirjoittaa voitostamme Työ- ja elinkeinoministeriön biojalostamokilpailussa.

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