Bio Manufacturing


    600,000t Lignin based biofuel

Lignin is a fully renewable, organic compound made up of a range of complex carbon molecules which naturally occur in wood.

Our Maryvale operation produces more than 600,000 tonnes of lignin based biofuel every year from the wood we process, making Australian Paper Victoria’s largest generator of baseload renewable energy.

Although we currently use this lignin based biofuel to generate energy, it can be further processed as an input to new generation bio-products such as:

  • Substitutes for plastics
  • Complex chemicals
  • Carbon fibre
  • Biofuels


Australian Paper is committed to investigating this potential future growth opportunity as part of our mission of sustainable growth for the next generation.

Potential Directions

Carbon Fibre

Carbon fibre is a strong and light material that can be used for a range of purposes. A lignin based carbon fibre could be used in batteries, insulation, storage and much more.

Substitutes for plastics

We hope to use the raw material produced by lignin as a green alternative to plastics


Biofuels have the capacity to one day replace fossil fuels. We will be examining different ways to harness the use of biofuels in the future.

Complex Chemicals

Lignin is a class of complex organic polymers that form important structural materials in plants. We will be investigation lignin’s chemical structure to find additional uses of this substance.

Victoria’s largest generator of baseload renewable energy