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Borregaard ASA
Traded as OSE: BRG
Industry Chemicals
Founded 1918
Headquarters Sarpsborg, Norway
Train carrying spruce-based biomass from Borregaard, at Sarpsborg station.

Borregaard is a Norwegian company, established in 1889 in the southeastern town of Sarpsborg in Østfold county. Its main products were traditionally pulp and paper. The company later started producing chemicals based on timber as a raw material. After a takeover in 1986, Borregaard was part of the chemical division of the Orkla Group until it was spun off and introduced to the Oslo Stock Exchange in October 2012.

The company's core business is based on a Biorefinery that manufactures products based on the different components in wood. Important products are speciality cellulose, lignin products (lignosulphonates), bio ethanol, yeast and yeast extracts and lignin based vanillin. The company also produces ethyl vanillin, diphenols and fine chemicals.[clarification needed]


Borregaard ChemCell[edit]

Borregaard ChemCell is a producer of advanced speciality cellulose based on softwood, Spruce. Borregaards has a Cellulose plant in Sarpsborg, Norway. 2002 brought Borregaard an additional ChemCell plant in Solothurn, Switzerland. This plant was closed 2008.

Customers are manufacturers of cellulose derivatives, such as cellulose ethers and esters, acetate cellulose and micro-crystalline cellulose. Borregaard ChemCell also produces cellulose for textile fibres, plastic products and a variety of paper qualities.

Borregaard's plant in Norway was erected in 1891, The Swiss plant, former Atisholz started production as early as 1884. Both plant utilizes a calcium sulphite based digesting proses which gives high viscosity cellulose with high purity.

Bio ethanol and basic chemicals The sugar compounds in wood is used to manufacture bio ethanol. Borregaard also produces caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and bleaching chemicals for captive use and for sale to external customers.

Borregaard LignoTech[edit]

Borregaard LignoTech is a supplier of lignin-based binding and dispersing agents (lignosulphonate). Lignin is the binding agent in wood and is extracted as lignosulphonate during the production of cellulose. The company has production units in Norway, US, Brazil, Germany, and the UK, and joint venture units in South Africa, Spain, and the US.

LignoTech's lignin products are used as dispersing agents in concrete, textile dyes, agrochemicals, batteries and ceramic products, or as binding agents in animal feed and briquettes. Lignin products improve the end-use properties and strengthen the structure of concrete. Lignin-based products are also used in connection with oil drilling.

Borregaard Synthesis[edit]

Borregaard Synthesis provides intermediates for non-ionic X-ray contrast media, and has dedicated plants for this market. The company also supplies advanced intermediates, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for several medicines. The production facilities is located at the Borregaard production site in Sarpsborg, Norway.

The company also produces diphenols at its plant in Ravenna, Italy.

Borregaard Ingredients[edit]

Borregaard manufactures ingredients based on natural raw materials.

Omega-3 oil Borregaard supplies omega-3 specialty oils designed for use in functional food such as dairy products, juice, sausages and sweets.

Vanillin The company is the only supplier of vanillin produced from wood (lignin). Borregaard also supplies vanillin and ethyl vanillin products based on petrochemical raw materials.

Yeast products Borregaard's plant in Switzerland produces protein-rich torula yeast, based on sugar compounds in wood, for use in food products and selected animal feed products. Borregaard also manufactures various yeast extracts that are used as taste enhancers with good nutritional properties in sauces, soups, baby food, pizza and meat products.

General directors and managing directors[edit]

Legionella epidemic[edit]

In May 2005 there was a legionellosis outbreak in Fredrikstad/Sarpsborg area. It was confirmed that an air scrubbers on Borregaard's plant in Sarpsborg, Norway was the source of the worst legionella epidemic in Norwegian history. The epidemic spread to at least 56 people, of whom ten died.[1][2]

In 2008 there was a new legionellosis outbreak in Fredrikstad/Sarpsborg area. This time it was concluded that the biological treatment plant was connected with both outbreacks. The biological treatment plant was immediately shut down. [3] A replacement plant, based on different technology, was opened in February 2014.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ An Outbreak of Legionnaires Disease Caused by Long‐Distance Spread from an Industrial Air Scrubber in Sarpsborg, Norway - Clinical Infectious Diseases (2008; 46: 61-9)
  2. ^ Bredt samarbeid ga løsningen på Legionellagåten i Sarpsborg - Folkehelseinstituttet (Norwegian) Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Borregaard stenger anlegg - Østfold - NRK Nyheter (Norwegian)

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