Our history

– 110 years of accumulated experience


SEKAB is named the Environmental Company of the Year in Örnsköldsvik, for its efforts to provide our society with long-term sustainable chemical products and biofuels.

Together with UPM, the bio and forestry industry company, SEKAB starts a large project the aim of which is to develop and demonstrate processes for the production of green chemical products with the forest as the raw material.

It is now 30 years since the ethanol and chemical company SEKAB started its operations in the Domsjö biorefinery area outside Örnsköldsvik. To celebrate this anniversary, SEKAB opens two new parts of its production facility and invites the public to a large birthday party on 10th October.


SEKAB sells its stake in the Polish ethanol production company Bioagra. The sale strengthens SEKAB’s finances and is positive for the continued development in the area of green chemistry.


Premium PURE, a series of green chemical products based on cellulose ethanol, is launched.


SEKAB has now 111 employees and a turnover of SEK 2 billion, which makes the company one of the largest Nordic environmental technology companies.

Canada’s Embassy visits SEKAB. This is due to the fact that Sweden and Canada have signed a bilateral agreement for the promotion of research collaborations in the forestry and natural resources sector.

SEKAB and Taurus Energy are together awarded the Technology of the Year award by Biofuels Digest for a successful joint demonstration of ethanol production from cellulose raw materials on an industrial demo scale.

There are now almost 3,000 E85 filling stations in Europe and new ones are opening every week. Most of them are still located in Sweden, but the number is also rapidly increasing in the rest of Europe.


The world’s first public petrol station for SEKAB’s biofuels for heavy vehicles, ED95, opens in Stockholm.

The ethanol pilot plant meets the IEA’s, the International Energy Council, criteria for a demo facility. Agreements on the first major external assignments in the demo facility are reached.


SEKAB is awarded the international Sustainable Bioethanol Award for the development of verified sustainable ethanol and the processes for second-generation ethanol based on cellulose. SEKAB’s partly owned fuel ethanol plant in Poland, Bioagra, is ready and goes into operation as the first in the country.

Robert Silverman, Charge d’Affaires at the US Embassy, ​​visits SEKAB in Örnsköldsvik to study the development of cellulose ethanol technology. The driving force behind the visit is President Barack Obama’s great interest in environmental technology.


SEKAB is first in the world to launch and deliver verified sustainable ethanol. The sustainable ethanol is imported from Brazil and is produced in accordance with a number of criteria regarding social conditions, environmental impact and climate benefit.

Scania and Volvo develop lorry engines that can be run on ethanol instead of diesel and SEKAB plans a first network of filling stations for ED95 – an ethanol propellant for heavy transport vehicles such as buses and lorries.

Taurus Energi and SEKAB, together with Chalmers University of Technology and Lund University, initiate advanced biotechnological development cooperation on ethanol production.

Over the next two years, the Swedish Energy Agency will be investing SEK 33.8 million in the development of the ethanol processes at the pilot plant in Örnsköldsvik. SEKAB will be investing in excess of SEK 13 million in the same project, which includes the continued development and verification of chemical process technology for the future large-scale production of ethanol from cellulose raw materials.

SEKAB now delivers E85 to 800 filling stations throughout Sweden and is first in the world to launch and deliver verified sustainable ethanol.


SEKAB expands its operations outside Sweden.

US Ambassador Michael M. Woods visits SEKAB together with Dan Arvizu, CEO of NREL, the National Renewable Laboratories in Golden, Colorado. Sweden’s King Karl Gustaf and Queen Silvia visit SEKAB.

SEKAB’s pilot plant for cellulose ethanol development focuses on enzymatic cellulose hydrolysis.


The new SEKAB group will be presented during the autumn of 2006. Etek and Svensk Etanolkemi AB will be renamed SEKAB E-Technology and SEKAB BioFuels & Chemicals respectively. At the same time, three new companies will be formed, the parent company SEKAB Biofuel Industries as well as SEKAB Industrial Development and SEKAB International.


A regional consortium buys SEKAB from Akzo Nobel and Domsjö Fabriker. The regional owner consortium consists of Ö-vik Energi, Umeå Energi, Skellefteå Kraft, Länsförsäkringar in Västerbotten, OK Ekonomisk förening and EcoDevelopment.


EKAB and OKQ8 will together be the first to supply ethanol for low admixture in petrol throughout Sweden. The market is growing and projects are starting abroad to secure the supply of raw materials. The ethanol pilot is launched and swiftly gains significant international attention.

Saab’s new ethanol car BioPower is premiered at SEKAB in Örnsköldsvik.


SEKAB starts to sell and distribute ethyl acetate to the European market.


The Swedish Energy Agency grants SEK 112 million to a pilot plant that SEKAB and the region co-finance and which involves the region’s universities. Accordingly, the Etanolpilot in Sweden AB is founded and worldwide research begins in Örnsköldsvik.


After the merger of Holmen Bruk, Iggesunds Bruk and MoDo, a name change takes place to Holmen AB and the name Mo and Domsjö is no longer used. The sulphite factory in Domsjö is taken over from Holmens Bruk AB by a private consortium under the name of Domsjö fabriker AB, which hereby owns 50% of SEKAB.


With the aim of running the Ethanol pilot project, the energy companies in the region establish Energicentrum i Norr AB. Which later became, Etek Ethanol Technology and is now called SEKAB E-Technology AB.


SEKAB acquires a chemical factory from Neste Oxo when they close their operations in Örnsköldsvik.


SEKAB builds up the E85 market. Sweden’s first three ethanol cars are imported to Örnsköldsvik and SEKAB supplies ethanol fuel E85 to a filling station. In the coming years, the number of filling stations will increase rapidly and SEKAB will supply biofuels to approximately 300 stations. Today there are more than 1,800 filling stations for E85 in Sweden and the fuel companies themselves have taken over the deliveries.


SEKAB is contracted to supply ethanol fuel for 30 buses in Stockholm. This leads to Stockholm’s 1993 decision to improve the local environment in the city by investing heavily in ethanol buses.


SEKAB starts producing and delivering ethanol fuel for buses in Örnsköldsvik, the first in Europe.


SEKAB – Svensk Etanol Kemi AB is founded by Berol and MoDo based on the ethanol chemistry business that has existed on Domsjö industrial estate since the end of the 1930s. Two agreements for the manufacture of the chemicals acetaldehyde and ethyl acetate form the basis of the establishment of SEKAB. The agreements were supported by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), in which an important factor was the secure of supply of chemicals in Sweden.


The Swedish Ethanol Development Foundation, SSEU is founded with its headquarters in Örnsköldsvik. The operations came to be the driving force for the development and marketing of ethanol and ethanol fuels, and thereby became a prerequisite for the formation of SEKAB.


MoDoKemi AB is sold and renamed Berol Kemi.


The organic-chemical industries in Domsjö and Stenungssund are merged under the name of MoDoKemi AB.


During World War II, Mo and Domsjö develop the organic-chemical industry to include a large number of chemical products based on sulphite spirits.


The first drops of ethanol are produced industrially in the Örnsköldsvik area and lay the foundation for the ethanol expertise that SEKAB still manages and develops today.


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