About | Honext

HONEXT®️ is an innovative Barcelona-based company that manufactures a carbon-neutral, circular, biotech process that upcycles waste fibres into fully recyclable, non-toxic panels.

HONEXT® is an innovative Barcelona-based company that manufactures a carbon-neutral, circular, biotech process that upcycles waste fibres into fully recyclable, non-toxic panels.

Today, HONEXT®️ uses as main raw material the sludge waste from paper mills, the volume of which continues to increase as paper recycling rates grow. Only in the EU, paper mills generate more than 7 million tons of this waste every year.

The HONEXT®️ Industrial Process is bio-based, zero-waste, and resin-free. It reinforces and protects the bonds between cellulose fibres, creating 100% recyclable fibreboards with no added emissions of VOCs such as formaldehyde. HONEXT®️ panels have a wide range of applications for the interior furniture and built environment.

HONEXT®️ was established in 2011 by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya researchers and three generations of the Merino family: Ferran, Pere and Pol Merino. After 10 years of development, HONEXT®️ manufactures its panels at no cost to the planet in the company’s first functional factory, integrated in a landfill in Vacarisses (Barcelona, Spain).

CONTRIBUTING ORGANIZATIONS

Our trusted partners who are making HONEXT® possible:

Griño Construcía Torre d'ARA Sorigué Meroil EU
HONEXT®️ is an innovative Barcelona-based company that manufactures a carbon-neutral, circular, biotech process that upcycles waste fibres into fully recyclable, non-toxic panels.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Pere Merino

Executive Chairman & Co-Founder

Pere is a chemical engineer and serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the biotech and pharma software industry. A board member and executive at several tech-powered organisations working to transform society and industrial processes, Pere lives and breathes change. He co-founded HONEXT® in 2011 and leads the company’s strategic vision and growth as its Executive Chairman.

Marcelo Miranda

CEO, Total Petrochemicals Iberia

A chemical engineer by education, Marcelo is a seasoned industrial management executive with experience in the cellulose-viscose, glass, and polystyrene plastic industries. As CEO of Total Petrochemicals Iberia, chairman of the Spanish Society of Plastic Materials Manufacturers and of Cicloplast, and a board member of Ecoembes, Marcelo brings extensive experience in the reclaiming and upcycling of waste materials.

Paul Clegg

CEO, Accsys Technologies (2009-2019)

Paul has over 25 years of leadership experience in the investment banking industry and has held multiple board positions at healthcare, financial and industrial organisations. As CEO of Accsys Technologies, he turned the company into the successful, publicly quoted business it is today. He brings executive and strategic expertise in the industrial development and commercialisation of sustainable wood-based products.

MEET THE TEAM

Pol Merino

LEAD

Team leader. Decision-maker. Doer.
Pol holds a BSc in Biotechnology with international experience successfully leading business development and establishing networks in the biotech & pharma industry.

Claudia Carrasco

MARKET

Maker. Partnership builder. Circular Design Pro. Claudia holds a BSc in Architecture and an MSc in Industrial Design, with experience in sales and business development and building relationships with Architects and Designers.

Sebel Lee

TECHNOLOGY

Inventor. Edge Pusher. Problem-Solver.
Sebel is a Chemical Engineer and Entrepreneur who leads HONEXT®’s Operations and Research & Development.

Berta Julià Sala

BRAND

Change-maker. Social designer. Go-getter.
Berta holds a dual degree in Product Design and has worked extensively across Europe helping companies shape industrial design into a tool for change.

Alvaro Aznar

FINANCE

Construction insider. Business expert. Numbers wizard.
Álvaro combines deep financial expertise and an MBA with over 8 years of experience working in the construction industry.

Luis Torrente

PRODUCTION

Factory leader. Environmental champion. Quality guardian.
A plastics and rubbers expert, Luis combines a strong chemical sector background with his passion for the environment to ensure HONEXT® meets its quality and sustainability standards.

Ingi Guðjónsson

POSTPRODUCTION

Creator. Ideas activator. Solutions developer.
Having worked across both sides of the Atlantic, Ingi brings together everything that makes HONEXT® work into a seamless process of product co-creation with our partners.

Tommy Lungyu Chen Ho

ENGINEERING

Process innovator. Production designer. Optimiser.
Manufacturing and process design expert. Tommy drives the continuous improvement of the HONEXT® production process and team through innovation and systems optimisation.

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