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Elomatic designs and project manages construction of Spinnova textile fibre plant

Textile fibre technology company, Spinnova, has completed the construction of a pilot production line in Jyväskylä, Finland. The plant will produce textile fibre from cellulose and is a significant step in producing larger volumes of sustainable textile fibres. Elomatic partnered Spinnova in the project starting from the preliminary study and design, all the way up to the start-up of the plant.

The technology, which will be piloted in Jyväskylä, is suitable for wood-based cellulose and other bio-based raw materials that Spinnova believes have potential. Spinnova has committed to use only FSC certified wood or waste streams in its processes. No harmful chemicals are used in the process.

The design of the industrial-scale production line was started in the spring of 2018 and construction in the autumn of 2018. The maximum capacity of the pilot plant is 100-400 tonnes of textile fibre a year. The full-scale start-up of the plant will take place in the first quarter of 2019.   

The plant is based on Spinnova’s innovative use of bio-based raw materials in textile fibre production.  

Elomatic scope in the project included project management, conducting the preliminary study and comprehensive design: basic design, detail design, device design, plant design, process design, and electrical instrumentation & automation design. Elomatic was also responsible for technical analyses, building changes, risk evaluations and procurement, which covered specifications, offer documentation, comparison and the evaluation of offers. The EPCM assignment included the scheduling of the construction project, installation supervision and start-up. 

“I am very proud of our team, our partners for the successful implemtation of such a big project so quickly. This is a greenfield plant in all respects, but everything nevertheless went according to plan due to the ingenious idea, careful planning and accurate implementation,” says Spinnova CEO Janne Poranen.

- The Spinnova assignment was a sign of great trust in Elomatic’s capabilities. The innovative concept design phase and intense implementation would not have been possible without the close cooperation between the Spinnova and Elomatic personnel. Our ways of working and cooperation have been refined since 2016 when smaller development projects were started together, says Elomatic Senior Vice President Timo Martikainen.