Nippon Paper industries has been developing Cellulose Nanofibre (CNF) products prepared by the fibrillation of chemically modified pulp since 2007.
In November 2013 we started to operate a pre-commercial plant in order to provide CNF for the collaborators, potential users and internal use, after 5 years of fundamental research together with out collaborators with the aim of commercialization of products using CNF. In our pre-commercial plant, mainly TEMPO oxidized CNF is produced, a process developed by the research group of Prof. A. Isogai at The University of Tokyo. In addition t TEMPO oxidation, other chemical modifications such as carboxymethylation are carried out in out plant as well. Thus collaborators can choose the type of CNF samples, depending on their target applications.
In 2016, NPI announced the plan to install a CNF full-scale production facilities at the Ishinomaki Mill and the Gotsu Mill in Japan. At the Ishinomaki Mill, CNF prepared by TEMPO oxidation will be produced, and at the Gotsu Mill, CNF prepared by carboxymethylation will be produced.
In this brief paper we will present our developments of manufacturing techniques and applications of chemically modified CNF