Nutrafur S.A.


Business Activities: NUTRAFUR S.A., former FURFURAL ESPAÑOL S.A. was established in 1958 as a family company devoted to the production and commercialisation of furfural. Today it has 65 employees. By acid hydrolysis under the right pressure and temperature conditions, its main activity was to synthesize furfural from the hemicellulose fraction of almond shells. The first production plant was settled in Alcantarilla (Murcia, Spain), and a second industrial plant was launched in Caniles (Granada, Spain), amounting to a total of 4,000 TN/year of furfural. NUTRAFUR S.A. has been supplying with furfural to national, European and international clients ever since, especially for its use as a solvent in the extraction of lubricant oils of the oil refining industry. Ten years ago, while maintaining its compromise with the valorisation of vegetal raw materials, NUTRAFUR S.A. diversified its business activity to become also world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing natural plant extracts used by customers in the food, nutraceutical, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. As its main activity, NUTRAFUR S.A. manufactures today 2,000 tons per year of 100% natural extracts using healthy raw materials and environmentally friendly processes in its 80.000-m2 industrial plant equipped with technologies for xtraction of products, as well as drying, milling, formulation, screening and packaging operations. NUTRAFUR complies with ISO 9001/2008 and ISO 14001/2004, which proves its compromise with quality and environmental demands.


Role in the project: Due to its 50-year experience in furfural production, NUTRAFUR’s role in the project will primarily be to participate and validate at industrial scale the novel technology developed for converting vegetal matter to furfural and HMF in technical WPs 1 to 5 by closely working with TR and CERTH