Tradition and cutting edge competence

Domsj kemi 2 besk.jpegOur roots are in the chemistry business which MoDo built up before and during the Second World War, based on ethanol from the pulp mill in Domsjö. A wide range of chemical products were developed and produced with ethanol as raw material. The area turned into one of the cradles of the Swedish chemical industry. During the 1960s the main part of MoDo’s chemistry business was moved to Stenungsund and subsequently sold.

2001. The Domsjö area companies outline a cluster for process chemistry/technique. The idea to have a centre for cooperation and development with focus on the process industry is quickly supported by the city of Örnsköldsvik and the county government Västernorrland, as well as by the Kempe Foundations.

2003. Processum Technology Park AB is created with the Processum Interest Association as owner. The Mid Sweden University and Umeå University with their focus on chemistry also quickly join as partners. The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå as well as the Luleå University of Technology and the Åbo Akademi University join a few years later as academy partners of the cluster.

A study is done to find development possibilities for the bio based Domsjö industrial, forming the basis of the strategy biorefinery development based on wood raw material. The name is changed to Processum Biorefinery Initiative AB.

2005. Vinnova announces a VINNVÄXT competition in order to find initiatives with a potential to develop into viable growth motors. With support from member companies, municipality, county government and universities the initiative the Biorefinery of the Future is developed and an application is sent.

2008. The Biorefinery of the Future is one of the VINNVÄXT award winners and the Processum activities grow considerably. An R&D council is started for evaluation and support of biorefinery projects within the initiative.

2011. With the aid of public funding, the building of a pilot park with equipment for upscaling promising biorefinery ideas is started.

2013. The Processum Interest Association sells 60 % of its shares to SP Technical Research Institute and becomes a subsidiary in the SP group. The name is changed to SP Processum AB. This year the total number of present and completed biorefinery projects exceeded 100.

2014. The project Single cell, with the aim of producing single cell protein for use as fish feed from forest industry residual streams, is awarded one of three EARTO Award 2014. EARTO is the European organization for ca. 350 research institutes.

2016. SP Technical research Institute of Sweden, Innventia and Swedish ICT are merged to become RISE Swedish Research Institute. As a consequence SP Processum changed name to Processum and is a subsidiary in the RISE group.


RISE Processum AB
Box 70, SE-891 22
Phone: +46 10-516 67 50
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