Cutting-edge facility makes Canada a global leader in CF production
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, June 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - FPInnovations and Kruger Inc. today dedicated the world's first
cellulose filament (CF) demonstration plant at Kruger's Trois-Rivières
Mill. The dedication ceremony was attended by Mr. Laurent Lessard,
Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for
the Centre-du-Québec region; Mr. Jean-Denis Girard, Member for
Trois-Rivières, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory
Streamlining and Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible
for the Mauricie region; Mr. Dave Peterson, B.C's Chief Forester and
Assistant Deputy Minister, Tenures, Competitiveness and Innovations,
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Mr. Pierre
Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations; and Mr. Daniel
Archambault, Executive Vice President and COO of Kruger's Industrial
The five ton/day plant will provide enough CF tonnage to permit
commercialization and application development. CF is a new material
extracted from wood pulp fibres that is revolutionary because of its
unique properties. CF has major potential for Canada's forest sector
because of its wide range of applications from existing paper products
to new products. The nature of CF allows it to be combined with many
materials to develop a wide range of high-value products currently
sought after by many Canadian and international industry sectors and is
expected to contribute significantly to the Forest Products Association
of Canada (FPAC)'s Vision 2020 ambitious economic objectives.
"This demonstration plant is a great example of how collaboration and
strategic investment in research and development can lead to the
development of innovative new products that will transform the pulp and
paper industry while supporting traditional markets," said
FPInnovations' President and CEO Pierre Lapointe. "The inauguration of
this facility places Canada in the pole position of global competition
to develop the next generation of cellulose-based materials."
"Kruger has been innovating for 110 years and it is with great pride
that we are celebrating the dedication of this demonstration plant that
promotes a technology of the future," said Daniel Archambault,
Executive Vice President and COO, Industrial Products Division, Kruger.
"The unique potential of cellulose filaments, combined with our R&D
efforts, will help the Canadian forest industry progress and have a
An intensive concurrent R&D program will support the industrial scale up
for applications in different commercial pulps, papers, packaging,
tissues and towels, as well as thermosets, thermoplastics, coatings,
construction panels and non-wovens.
This groundbreaking research and innovation project represents
investments to date totaling $43.1 million, including funding from
Natural Resources Canada, through the Investments in Forest Industry
Transformation (IFIT) Program, as well as a grant from Québec's
Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, a loan from Investissement
Québec, financial backing from the Government of British Columbia, a
contribution from Kruger Inc. and funds from FPInnovations' pulp, paper
and bioproducts industry members.
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, Montréal,
and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.
For more information about FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca.
Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers,
tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from
recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The
Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North
America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British
Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. For more
information about Kruger Inc., visit www.kruger.com.
SOURCE: Kruger Inc.
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