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The history of Processum

Processum's roots are in the chemical operations that MoDo built, based on ethanol from the pulp mill in Domsjö before and during the Second World War. With ethanol as the raw material base, a wide range of chemical products were developed and produced. The area became one of the cradles of the Swedish chemical industry.

What was originally a dream is now a reality. We brought together Peter Blomqvist, Clas Engström and Magnus Hallberg. Three CEOs who over the years have left their mark on what is today Processum.

Milestones

2001. The companies in the Domsjö area start to sketch on a cluster for process chemistry/ - technology. The idea of a center for collaboration and development with a focus on the process industry receives support from Örnsköldsviks kommun and Länsstyrelsen Västernorrland, as well as from the Kemp Foundations.

2003. Processum Technology Park AB is formed with Processum Bioeconomy Cluster as owners. Early on, Mittuniversitet and Umeå University comes along with their strong competence in chemistry and became partners. SLU Umeå as well as Luleå University of Technology and Åbo Akademi joins a few years later and become academic partners in the cluster.

A study to bring forward development opportunities for the bio-combinate in Domsjö is made and becomes the basis for the strategy that involves biorefinery development on a forest industrial basis. The name is changed to Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB.

2005. Vinnova announces a VINNVÄXT-competition to bring forward initiatives with the potential to develop into sustainable growth engines. With great support from the member companies, Örnsköldsviks kommun, Länsstyrelsen Västernorrland and the universities, the Initiative The Future Biorefinery is prepared and the application is submitted.

2008. The Future Biorefinery is named one of the winners of VINNVÄXT and Processum's business is gradually growing. A council for Research and Development is formed to continuously evaluate and support biorefinery projects within the initiative.

2011. With the help of public funds, the construction of a pilot park with equipment to scale up promising ideas in biorefinery area begins.

2013. Processum Bioeconomy Cluster sells 60% of the shareholding to SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut and the company becomes a subsidiary of the SP Group. The name is changed to SP Processum AB. In the same year, the goal of 100 ongoing and completed biorefinery projects is reached.

2014. The project Single cell, with the aim of producing single cell protein from the residual streams from forest industry to use as fish feed, is recognized and awarded to one of three EARTO Awards 2014. EARTO is the European partner organization for a total of about 350 research institutes.

2016. SP Swedish Technical Research Institute, Innventia and Swedish ICT merge into one group, RISE Swedish Research Institute. SP Processum is thus a subsidiary of the RISE Group and the name is changed to Processum.

2020.  The Swedish government has allocated RISE SEK 350 million over two years to RISE with the intent to intensify work on sustainable solutions in bioeconomy. The addition will strengthen RISE investment in test beds for biorefinery. The plan is to build the pilot hall in Örnsköldsvik, in order to create the greatest synergies with existing infrastructure and existing research environments.

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