Non-food biomass, like wood, can be processed into basic bio-based chemicals, primary and intermediate chemical products, innovative polymers or even just conventional biobased polymers using various treatments and pulping techniques. The biggest challenge is to develop the new processing techniques that are required for this. There are already many such processes that function in the lab but which have to be up-scaled to industry-relevant dimensions, i.e. enlarged. Many process steps have to be combined in order to ultimately achieve new products. Today individual chemical companies are usually specialised in specific process steps. Many different companies need to work together in order to put into practice the necessary process chains needed for processing the biomass into the desired end product. The BioEconomy Cluster provides the ideal platform to do just that.
From this arises a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based industrial production.