The world's leading biorefinery

The world's leading biorefinery

Borregaard has the world's most advanced biorefinery. By using wood as a raw material, the company produces environmentally friendly and sustainable biochemicals, biomaterials and biofuel that can replace oil-based products.

Sustainable products

The EU Commission’s  bioeconomy strategy and action plan aims at shifting the European economy towards a greater and more sustainable use of renewable resources by 2020. Borregaard's wood based products are based on renewable, degradable and sustainable raw materials, and can in most instances replace oil-based alternatives. Therefore, Borregaard's products can be a part of the future climate solution.

Borregaard's products in specialty cellulose, lignin, vanillin and bioethanol compete with non-renewable products based on oil or petrochemical raw materials which produce greenhouse gas emissions during production. A life cycle analysis (LCA) carried out in cooperation with Østfold Research shows that Borregaard's products come out very well when compared to competing products with respect to low greenhouse gas emissions.

Speciality cellulose

The fibres in the wood are converted into advanced grades of specialty cellulose for products in the construction and oil industries, and for the production of foodstuffs, tablets, cosmetics, filters, hygiene products, paints and much more.

Textiles such as viscose and rayon are wood-based and can be good alternatives to synthetic fabrics or cotton, which is often cultivated with extensive use of insecticides, fertilisers and genetically modified organisms.


The binding agent in the wood, lignin, is the raw material for additives used in e.g. concrete and building materials, textile dyes, ceramic products, batteries, mining activities and agricultural and fishery products.

Borregaard is a world leader in lignin-based products. The most important area of use for lignin products is as an additive in concrete. In addition to providing advantages in terms of strength and quality, the lignin also means that the water and cement content of the concrete can be reduced.

This contributes to a lower energy need and not least lower CO2 emissions in the production of cement.


Lignin is also the source of the flavouring agent vanillin. Vanillin is the world's most used taste and flavouring agent. Most of the world's vanillin production is based upon petrochemical raw materials and Borregaard is the only producer in the world to make vanillin from wood.


Bioethanol is produced from the sugar in the wood, used for e.g. technical purposes in the pharmaceutical industry, paints, varnishes, car care products, and as fuel in environmentally friendly buses.

Today, ethanol is made from both petrochemical raw materials and biological materials. Borregaard's ethanol is so-called second generation bioethanol and is produced through fermentation of the sugars in the wood.