Åsa Ek, former Development Manager, has been appointed new CEO of Cellutech, a company that develops groundbreaking products based on materials from the Swedish forest.
Cellutech was founded in 2012 and is working to commercialize materials such as hollow spheres and lightweight foam, both made entirely from cellulose. The materials are therefore renewable and biodegradable. The lightweight foam, which has been named Cellufoam™, has received much attention recently.
With years of experience in research and development it is the Board's strong belief that Åsa Ek has the right skills to lead Cellutech's work to commercialize research on new wood-based materials. - It will be very exciting to assume the CEO role. There is amazing scientific research going on in the area that we are able to further develop. The forest has been an important part of the Swedish economy for a long time, but I think that we have only seen the beginning of a new era where the building blocks of trees are used as raw materials for products that previously have been oil-based. Cellutech collaborates with the Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC), a Swedish research center focusing on new materials from the forest. The unique collaboration provides the opportunity for innovations outside the forest industry's traditional business areas. Cellutech is owned by Stora Enso, FAM, Bergvik Skog, SweTree Technologies, KTH Holding, Chalmers Ventures and twenty researchers at WWSC.