A Unique undertaking on research for forest-based materials
Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC) started in 2009 as an initiative by Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, which invested SEK 450 million in a 10-year extensive effort to develop the research in Sweden within the area of new materials from the forest. By the end of 2017, KAW decided to continue its WWSC investment for another 10 years (2019-2028), this time with universities and industry as co-financiers.
WWSC - the starting point of Treesearch
The success of WWSC was the starting point for the creation of the research platform Treesearch, where the work on the development of the platform started with a seminar at KTH, set-up by WWSC in December 2014.
During the seminar, the industry need for competent personnel and new knowledge was discussed to meet the challenge of developing a future competitive Swedish forest industry. It was also discussed that in order to compete with other material raw-material streams, the research conducted should be at the highest scientific level and with access to advanced experimental tools. Not only aiming at pioneering discoveries but also to create attractiveness supporting the universities recruitment of students to educations related to the needs of the forest industry as well as to industry’s own recruitment.
The seminar resulted in a project connected to WWSC with the aim of creating a national environment for engaging academia and industry in a joint venture on research and development in the field of materials and speciality chemicals from forest raw materials. The project was led by KTH and Chalmers and was conducted together with BillerudKorsnäs, Holmen, SCA, Stora Enso, Sveaskog and Södra.
The result of the project was the creation of the collaboration platform Treesearch, where WWSC today is a core research activity that utilizes the platform, but where other research activities are invited to join and use the platform.