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Scotland's CelluComp is leading the way in biorefining, with the establishment of the first biorefinery plant in Scotland.

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With Scotland’s notable legacy for research, development and manufacturing, CelluComp has chosen to locate its plant in Fife. Dedicated to scaling up commercial production of Curran®, the plant – which opened in March 2015 – is the first of its kind in Europe.

Collaborating with local agriculture, CelluComp has devised a solution to the problem of unused vegetable by-product, creating a sustainable material with a variety of applications. Curran®, the company’s revolutionary cellulose-based product, uses by-product that would be otherwise discarded by farms, and finds new life in household items such as paint.

Providing a more environmentally conscious solution for consumers, Curran® has positive outcomes for both the food and chemicals industries, enhancing both its end products and the green credentials of everyday household chemical products.

Scotland’s booming industrial biotechnology sector

This news supports Scotland’s National Plan for Industrial Biotechnology – which seeks to establish Scotland as a global leader in industrial biotechnology (IB) and biorefining.

The sector is already worth an estimated £200m to the Scottish economy, but there is increased scope to build on existing expertise to support the competitiveness and sustainability of many industries.

The applicability of the Curran® technology has already garnered interest in growing production in foreign markets. Opening our new facility and scaling up the manufacturing levels of Curran® in Scotland positions us to be part of the country's success.

Christian Kemp-Griffin, CEO of CelluComp

“Scotland’s vision for industrial biotechnology and biorefining in particular, is in line with CelluComp’s objectives” said Christian Kemp-Griffin, CEO of CelluComp.

By recognising the significant potential presented by the production of bio-based products, CelluComp’s vision could help various industries realise major economic benefits – particularly forestry, timber and agriculture.

“Our hope is that consumers will soon make the conscious decision to choose paints and coatings that have the Curran® seal, knowing that it is the more environmentally and carbon-efficient option” says Christian.

Sustainable manufacturing in action

Whilst strengthening the products in which the Curran® technology is applied, CelluComp is also helping to contribute to sustainable manufacturing processes.

Using by-products from the food industry, CelluComp ensures that the business does not compete with food crops for scarce lands. In comparison with existing materials used as rheology additives, Curran® has a low carbon footprint, uses fewer fossil fuel based chemicals and is emission free.

A new world leader in industrial biotechnology

Scotland’s natural resources, supportive IB and chemical sciences communities, together with strong government support mark it out as a potential world leader in the industry.

Commenting on the growth opportunities presented by operating in Scotland, Christian says, “With the natural resources we have in Scotland, coupled with the commitment made by the Scottish Government to support the growth of the industry, particularly around innovation, R&D, knowledge transfer and funding, Scotland is on the cusp of a real step change.

“The applicability of the Curran® technology has already garnered interest in growing production in foreign markets. Opening our new facility and scaling up the manufacturing levels of Curran® in Scotland positions us to be part of the country’s success”

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Interested in being part of Scotland’s thriving Industrial Biotechnology sector? Our support can help you find the right location, identify key markets and access some of the world’s top R&D facilities. With significant business support – and one of Europe’s lowest tax rates – it’s easy to understand why so many companies decide to settle in Scotland.

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