Futurity

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We are Futurity, and our mission is to help move the world past oil dependency.

The mission

To replace oil we are making better products from renewable trees.

  • Responsible
    Plantation Forestry

    We are partnered with world leading technology developers to turn FSC certified forestry into advanced products for tomorrow’s applications today.

  • Natural Climate
    Moderation

    Trees sequester carbon from the air to make wood. We use wood so we can leave oil-based carbon in the ground.

  • Naturally
    Better

    This enables us to harness the natural attributes of a tree like strength, durability and longevity, and apply these materials to products for future applications.

  • Proven
    Technology

    A novel integration of our partner's proven proprietary technology in biology, chemistry and engineering, we separate a tree into its building blocks; lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose.

The process

How it
Works
Carefully selected low grade and waste wood is harvested. The bark is removed, then processed into a fine chip.
The chip is then pretreated using our developed Futuration™ process, enabling highly efficient processing of New Zealand pine wood.
The Sunburst™ process from Sweetwater Energy mechanically separates the wood using steam and pressure into it's primary building blocks: lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose. The METNIN™ process from MetGen further separates the lignin using enzymes to produce multiple highly usable lignin streams
Our Valority™ process then optimises three unique properties of New Zealand pine from these platform chemicals to produce advanced bio-based material grades which outperform the oil-incumbent in a range of proven applications, highlighted below.
Futurity have developed the process to utilise 100% bio-gas for it's thermal energy requirements, allowing us to produce carbon-negative materials and keep oil in the ground.

Products

Lignins are the second most abundant chemical within a tree after cellulose. Lignin supports and sticks the cellulose within a tree and has unique waterproofing, anti-microbial and UV resistant properties. Lignin is what makes wood brown and why paper is white when the lignin is removed.

MCC and NFC are cellulose materials extracted from a tree. Within a tree, cellulose provides the structure and strength, allowing trees to stand tall. MCC and NFC are either micro or nano-scale materials, which are strong, flexible, and can absorb large amounts of water.

Packaging Coatings

Using the Valority™ process, we eliminate the need for oil derived coatings and films on paper and cardboard packaging for humidity control and waterproofing. We provide an all-natural packaging solution which is recyclable, compostable and provides a cost-saving for our customers.

Foam

Using the Valority™ process, our unique New Zealand pine lignin can substitute up to 40% of the oil-derived chemicals within traditional foams, improving the performance of the end-product and reducing the cost and carbon emissions during foam production.

Concrete

Our Valority™ process produces an optimal grade of MCC and NFC for addition into concrete. This reduces the total amount of concrete required while retaining strength requirements. This provides significant cost reduction in concrete use and the associated carbon footprint.

Paint

Our Valority™ process creates an optimal grade of MCC and NFC, which is used as a natural thickener and stabilising agent in paints and coatings. It can reduce the environmental impact and cost of current paint and coating production.

Paper and Cardboard

Our Valority™ process creates high-performing MCC and NCF materials, which reduces the amount of pulp used for paper and cardboard production, while improving product strength and providing a cost benefit to packaging producers.

Applications

Advanced Lignins
Barrier Coatings
Advanced Lignins
Foams
MCC and NFC Cellulose Materials
Concrete
MCC and NFC Cellulose Materials
Paints & Coatings
MCC and NFC Cellulose Materials
Paper & Packaging
PHA
Agricultural Film
PHA
Injection-moldable & Thermoformable Resin
PHA
Non-wovens & Fiber Products
  • Fire retardant coatings, insulation & products-nav
  • UV resistant paints, cosmetics, coating & additives
  • Resins & adhesives
  • Anti fouling
  • Waterproof coatings & additives
  • Energy storage
  • Fibre reinforcing
  • Rheology modification
  • Concrete & structural reinforcing
  • Electronics
  • Cosmetics
  • Paint Stabilisation
  • Food Storage
  • Biomedical applications
  • Textile fibres

About

Futurity are in the process of establishing New Zealand's first advanced commercial biorefinery in Tairāwhiti-Gisborne. This plant will be the first of a number of biorefineries to be constructed around New Zealand.

Our success to date is enabled by close support from leading international technology partners, as well as GLOBALEAGLE, Trust Tairāwhiti, Temple Investment, Scion Research, Callaghan Innovation, Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, and a range of active product and supply chain development projects with international and domestic businesses. Together we will replace oil based materials with trees.

For further information please talk to our team: [email protected]

Trust Tairāwhiti
Callahan Innovation
GlobalEagle
Scion
Sweetwater
Metgen

Leadership

Jacob Kohn
Jacob Kohn

Jacob Kohn

CEO, Founder
MAppSc

Rupert Paterson
Rupert Paterson

Rupert Paterson

Chairman, Founder
Entrepreneur, Investor

Dr. Gaetano Dedual
Dr. Gaetano Dedual

Dr. Gaetano Dedual

CTO, Founder
PhD

Dr. Jenna Gilkes
Dr. Jenna Gilkes

Dr. Jenna Gilkes

Lead Bioprocessing Scientist

Advisory Board

Dr. Sean Simpson
Dr. Sean Simpson

Dr. Sean Simpson

CSO, Founder LanzaTech

Richard Mehrtens
Richard Mehrtens

Richard Mehrtens

Managing Director, GLOBALEAGLE

Matanuku Mahuika
Matanuku Mahuika

Matanuku Mahuika

Chair, Ngati Porou Holdings