From Lighter Vehicles to Stronger Building Materials, New Biomaterial
from Canada Set to be a Game Changer
VANCOUVER and MONTREAL, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Mercer International Inc.
("Mercer") and Resolute Forest Products Inc. ("Resolute") today
announced a new joint venture company - Performance BioFilaments Inc. -
focused on the development of commercial applications for cellulose
filaments, one of the world's most exciting new biomaterials. Cellulose
filaments have unique performance-enhancing properties with significant
potential to improve a wide array of consumer and industrial products.
"The significance of this new biomaterial, derived from wood fibre, is
tremendous from both an environmental perspective and the range of
possible applications. It holds the potential to make a variety of
products stronger, lighter, more flexible and more durable, while
leveraging a sustainable and renewable resource," said Gurminder
Minhas, Managing Director of Performance BioFilaments. "I can foresee
lighter-weight, more fuel efficient vehicles, stronger more flexible
building materials, and advanced composite materials in the realm of
possible applications. Cellulose filaments are literally unlocking the
foundation of nature's elements to make way for significant
advancements in materials development."
Cellulose is one of nature's most abundant materials. Performance
BioFilaments' cellulose filaments are made from wood pulp, processed
using a proprietary technology licensed from FPInnovations Inc., one of
Canada's leading research organizations working in forest products
research and development. The resulting cellulose filaments have
exceptional strength and purity, with an extraordinarily high aspect
ratio that is unique when compared to all other high-value,
cellulose-based biomaterials. Cellulose filaments are completely
renewable and have a low carbon footprint.
As a member company of FPInnovations, Performance BioFilaments has
access to all current and future cellulose filaments research,
including production processes and applications, as well as the process
technology, findings and production quantities being advanced at the
Trois-Rivières mill - the world's first five tonne per day cellulose
filament demonstration plant.
"Performance BioFilaments is looking to identify joint development
partners for novel product applications of cellulose filaments, whereby
we can together leverage FPInnovations foundational research and our
own proprietary work to create new and exciting products," said
Gurminder Minhas, Managing Director of Performance BioFilaments. "These
applications can be applied within a range of industries from
automotive and manufacturing, to construction and high-end consumer
About Performance BioFilaments Inc.
Performance BioFilaments Inc., a joint venture between Mercer
International Inc. and Resolute Forest Products, is focused on the
development of commercial applications for cellulose filaments, one of
the world's most exciting new biomaterials. Cellulose filaments can be
used to enhance the performance characteristics of a wide variety of
products. Derived from wood fibre - a renewable and natural resource -
cellulose filaments optimize the strength, stability, flexibility and
longevity of a variety of materials including composites, coatings and
consumer products. For more information, please visit www.performancebiofilaments.com.
About Mercer International Inc.
Mercer International Inc. ("Mercer") is the world's largest producer of
NBSK market pulp and has become a leader among forest products
companies in embracing the bio-economy. The company has modern,
large-scale pulp mills in both Germany and Canada. Mercer's shares are
listed on the NASDAQ Global Market (MERC) and on the Toronto Stock
Exchange (MRI.U). For more information, please visit www.mercerint.com.
About Resolute Forest Products Inc.
Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products
industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint,
specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or
operates nearly 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in
the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets
in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute
has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one
of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management
standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock
symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock
Exchange. For more information, please visit www.resolutefp.com.
Image with caption: "Performance BioFilaments Inc. - Unlocking the Foundation of Nature's Elements(CNW Group/Mercer International Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140623_C8312_PHOTO_EN_41655.jpg
SOURCE: Mercer International Inc.
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