Wednesday, 14 December 2016 10:36

Södra provides SEK 10 million in funding for research and development

In November, the Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education decided to contribute an additional SEK 10 million to research projects connected with forestry. Six different projects have been awarded grants, one of which focuses on addressing the future market for wood fibre-based products by developing new fibres from existing processing environments.

To meet the requirements imposed on new cellulose-based products, such as paper and packaging, it must be possible to regulate and vary the core properties of the pulp used. Chalmers University of Technology has launched the project AvanCell: New Fibres from Existing Processing Environments, and has been awarded SEK 8 million to do research on this topic.

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“The project aims to establish new knowledge about how we can regulate the properties of pulp. If we learn more about how to utilise the processing environment and the chemistry in the final bleaching stage, we can change the flexibility and interaction properties of the fibre, something that is highly sought after by both pulp customers and consumers” said Laila Rogestedt, Senior Vice President of Innovation and New Business at Södra.

Research grants have also been awarded to several projects in the field of sustainable forest management. The grants were presented to researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Skogforsk for studies related to the damage of saplings, birch production, more effective use of harvesting data and work environment issues pertaining to forestry machinery.

Project contributions decided in November 2016





Transparency and the Swedish Forest Agency: What should we do now going forward? A proposal

SEK 550,000

King’s College, London

Roland Lofstedt

The effect of plant type, land preparation and pine weevil protection on damage by black bark beetles to spruce saplings in Southern Sweden

SEK 605,000

Asa Försökspark

Kristina Wallertz

Development and testing of model for calculating harvesting costs based on tree size

SEK 300,000


Johan Möller

Measurement of load level during partial automation

SEK 375,000


Martin Englund

Application for funding for continuation of the forest research project Birch for High-Value Timber Production

SEK 350,000

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Jens Peter Skovsgaard

AvanCell: New Fibres from Existing Processing Environments

SEK 8,280,000


Hans Theliander

The Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Educationapproved the provision a total of SEK 10,460,000 in funding for new projects. Altogether, the Foundation has provided SEK 15,591,000 in project funding during the year

The mission of the Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education is to promote research and education of significance to forestry and forest industry operations in Southern Sweden.

The projects that are granted funding include fields of research and development that are relevant and important for both forestry and the forest industry. Since the inception of the Foundation in 1995, some 150 research projects have been awarded grants. The findings of the research projects have been significant both from a social perspective and for the forest industry.

The Foundation holds four Board meetings per year, at which grant applications are considered. Information about the rules regarding applications for grants from the Foundation is available on Södra’s website.

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry.
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