Cellucomp’s first Bio-refinery Plant opened by Annabelle Ewing MSP
Who are we and what do we do?
CelluComp is a dynamic material science company based in Scotland that develops high performance products based on sustainable resources. At CelluComp we have discovered the exceptional opportunities offered by materials produced from non-hydrocarbon feed-stocks. With this in mind, our vision is to create material change for good
Our principle activity is to develop and commercialize Curran®, a material developed from the extraction of nano-cellulose fibres of root vegetables. Curran® offers exceptional rheological and mechanical properties for numerous applications, such as paints and coatings, personal care, home care, cosmetics, concrete, drilling fluids, composites and other potential applications.
Curran® in Paints in Coatings
CelluComp’s Curran® range of additives provide a unique set of properties for the coating industry. Based on novel fibre technology and derived from root crops, the Curran® range of rheology modifiers and film enhancers are both green and multi-functional. High technical performance combined with the renewable nature of Curran® helps solve some of the major challenges faced by the paint & coating industry today. Curran® can be used as a pure rheology modifier whilst it provides outstanding enhancement to both application performance and final film properties at higher loading levels. Designed for use in a range of water based coatings, Curran® is safe and easy to use. Careful formulating with Curran® can lead to simplified formulations and resulting cost savings. Curran® can increase coating hardness, flexibility and crack resistance without comprising the water or corrosion resistance.
Where we come from and where we are today
CelluComp was founded by Dr David Hepworth and Dr Eric Whale, two expert material scientists based in Scotland. In 2007 they combined their knowledge of cellulosic materials and passion for sustainability to develop the first generation of Curran®. The first successful application of Curran® was in composites in the form of an award winning fishing rod. This application made full use of the unique strength and stiffness of the nano-cellulose based fibres.
Since its creation and initial commercialisation, the patented process for Curran® has been further developed to produce new generations of product suitable as a rheology modifier for use in a broad range of industrial applications.
CelluComp is in a number of collaboration and contractual agreements with major companies covering both production and distribution.
In March 2013, CelluComp successfully launched its Curran® product at the European Coatings Show and is currently working with several paint formulating companies globally, alongside its distribution partners Krahn Chemie, Keyser Mackay and Tennants Distribution.
At the end of 2013, CelluComp successfully raised a round of financing with lead investor, Sofinnova as well as Scottish Enterprise, Claridge and Discovery Investment Fund.
In 2013 CelluComp also secured an EU grant, under the name Eco Add to further the development both the manufacturing and the commercialisation of the Curran® product.
With their drive for success and a passion to bring their ideas to life, the CelluComp team is poised to make waves in the world of material science.