Investments in R&D Delivering on the Promise of a Stronger and
MONTREAL, March 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2013-14 federal budget today
reinforces the nation's forestry innovation opportunity says
FPInnovations, Canada's forest sector R&D and innovation institute.
This government's continued support of forestry innovation and market
development programs is recognition that the forest sector remains a
key growth area for the Canadian economy.
"The 2013-14 budget recognizes that forestry R&D remains a vital engine
of growth for the future", stated Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of
FPInnovations. "Canada can point to innovations such as award-winning
cellulose nanocrystal research, multi-storey wooden buildings, and
cellulose filaments as clear examples of recent developments. Today's
federal budget, earmarking $92 million over two years starting in
2014-15 for the forest sector, ensures that we continue to build on
these world leading successes."
In particular, Cellulose filaments, a wood fibre-based material whose
innovative extraction process was recently discovered by FPInnovations,
will revolutionize the production of paper products and will be used as
a re-enforcing agent in many applications from hygiene products to
bio-composites and bio-plastics. In addition, early testing has
indicated that cellulose filaments, when used in tissue making, may
allow Canadian paper makers to manufacture superior products at
competitive prices using current facilities.
Once seen as a sunset industry, the forest sector, with support from the
Federal Government, has become a leader in transforming the Canadian
economy by rejuvenating a traditional resource-based industry using the
innovative know-how of FPInnovations. Coupled with the ambitious
economic, environmental and labour targets of Vision 2020, as developed
by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), this budget will
enable the sector to further thrive while supporting thousands of jobs
in communities across the country.
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the
creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest
sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of
its industry members and government partners. It is ideally positioned
to perform research, innovate, and deliver state-of-the-art solutions
for every area of the sector's value chain, from forest operations to
consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations' staff numbers more
than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Ottawa,
Montréal, Thunder Bay, Hinton and Vancouver, and it has technology
transfer offices across Canada. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca.
For further information:
Strategic Partnerships Vice President