The plant, located at Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, can produces 500 tons/y of cellulose nanofiber (CNF). CNFs are prepared from wood pulp chemically treated by TEMPO catalytic oxidation. They are completely nano-dispersed (fiber width of 3-4 nm), transparent and capable of imparting various functions. They can be used in a wide range of industrial applications, such as functional sheets (e. g., incontinence care products), functional additives and nanocomposite materials. The development was supported by NEDO.

NEDO news release, April 25, 2017