Södra has selected several strategic arenas for its product innovation – forest, sawn timber, paper, textiles, chemicals and energy. These efforts are mainly driven by Södra’s own innovation department and together with the business areas, but also in partnerships with customers, and in external networks with universities, research institutes and companies further upstream in various value chains.
The innovation projects are helping to develop more highly processed forest products and to commercialise products with a better sustainability performance than today’s alternatives. Several projects are linked to Södra’s sustainability targets for fossil-free production and transportation. Most R&D resources are focused on product and process development in order to strengthen the company’s current competitive position. Resource-efficiency is a recurring theme in many of these projects, alongside of product performance, which is particularly important for Södra’s customers.
The Södra Foundation for Research, Development and Education also promotes R&D with significance for forestry and forest industry operations in southern Sweden.
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