Biochemicals

Valuable byproducts

Chemicals from renewable resources

All coniferous trees contain resins. Among other things, they are used in nature to store nutrients or as biological protection against pests such as bark beetles.
During the cooking process, the resin forms soap together with sodium hydroxide. Subsequently, the soap is separated and refined into tall oil.
Tall oil has a similar structure to crude oil and is therefore very suitable as a renewable raw material instead of fossil fuel.
‘Tall’ is the Swedish word for ‘pine’. Due to its comparatively high proportion of resin, it is named after this substance.
 
Our customers in the chemical industry use tall oil, a product made of 100% renewable raw materials, for production of paints, varnishes, adhesives, tyres, pharmaceuticals, and more. Another application for tall oil is the production of biodiesel.

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