INDUSTRY NEWS Franssons acquired by Andritz A

t the end of January, it was announced that Andritz had acquired technology and intellectual property assets

from Franssons Recycling Machines AB, which is located in Sundsvall, Sweden. Franssons Recycling Machines is a global pioneer in the development and manufacture of machinery for treating waste, wood and biomass, as well as for recycling plastic, paper and cardboard. Franssons has been an established and experienced supplier of industrial shred- ding and recycling technologies for 70 years, with many references around the world.

The well-known and proven machines and solutions of Franssons will be assigned to Andritz’s Recycling product group (part of the Pulping and Fiber Systems Division, Pulp & Paper business area), further complementing its equipment for recycling in a number of industries.

New Secretary-General for ePURE

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) has named Emmanuel Desplechin as its new Secretary-General in suc- cession to Robert Wright. Desplechin, who joined ePURE in 2013, had previously been the Association’s director for govern- ment affairs and has long worked in the ethanol sector. Prior to join- ing ePURE, he held public affairs positions with the Danish biotech company Novozymes, the Brazil- ian sugarcane industry associa- tion (UNICA) and has also been Secretary-General of the Industrial Ethanol Association.

A French citizen, Desplechin

holds a Masters degree from the Institute of Political Studies of Bordeaux and an LL.M in European Law from the University Carlos III of Madrid.

“This is a crucial moment for our industry as the EU considers its renewable energy mix for the coming decades,” said Desplechin. He added, “I’ll continue to work with policymakers to make sure they understand how renewable European ethanol is driving the decarbonisation of EU transport, as well as the benefi ts it brings to the environment, the agricultural economy and food security”.

Support for bio-based projects

The US state of Maine has launched a new initiative called the Maine Born Global Challenge to help support and fi nance bio-based projects. The initiative will cover a wide range of sectors, including biomass handling and biofuels. Under the scheme, companies utilising complementary technolo- gies will be grouped into project

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teams, assigned to specifi c power plant locations, given funding for business/implementation plans and provided with investment/project fi nancing for project execution. The State of Maine has committed resources from the Department of Economic & Community Develop- ment, the Department of Agricul- ture and Forestry and the Depart-

ment of Environmental Protection to support the full implementation of these projects.

The Maine Born Global Chal- lenge aims to source proven technologies and forward-thinking strategic partners that are brought to create a sustainable, closed-loop circular economy to rejuvenate rural areas with closed paper and

pulp plants, as well as existing biomass-to-energy plants. Synthesis Venture Fund Partners will be directing the Maine Born Global Challenge by establish- ing long-term partnerships with corporations and entrepreneurs, who share a vision for innovation and value creation. The company represents a group of developers in renewable energy developing a portfolio of projects with the State of Maine.

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