Our Biomaterials division is well presented in the World Biomarkets (WBM) conference in Amsterdam 14-17 March. The World Biomarkets brings together different actors in the bio-based economy discussion ranging from investors and market analysts to start-ups and also big companies in the chemical sector. In its 11th year, WBM is the leading global gathering of the strategic decision makers driving growth and innovation throughout the bioeconomy.
Arno van de Ven, Head of Innovation in the Biomaterials division gave a keynote speech on our transformation from a traditional pulp and paper company into a renewable materials company, giving the audience the highlights on our innovation work that is based on sustainable raw material that is not competing with food.
Every year, the WBM organisation grants bio business awards. On the evening of 15 March there was an award ceremony where Stora Enso was granted the award of Bio-based brand of the year, based on our transformation story.
The award positions us well in the bioeconomy sphere and shows our commitment towards developing new sustainable solutions. Other nominees in this category were Ikea and GFBiochemicals. There were altogether eight categories: Bio-based business person of the year, WBM industry champion, Break-through bio-based technology platform, Biofuels partnership of the year, Bio-based chemical partnership of the year, Bio-based product innovation of the year, Biomass power project of the year and the mentioned Bio-based brand of the year.
"This award shows that the industry is recognizing our efforts to transform from a traditional pulp and paper company into the renewable materials company", said Kirsi Seppäläinen, SVP, Communications in Biomaterials division in her thanking speech at the event. "And the journey continues", she concluded.