QUÉBEC CITY, July 16, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - FPInnovations believes that
Québec's new 2012-2017 Forest Sector Transformation Strategy, which was
released today by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la
Faune (MRNF), has arrived at the right time. The Strategy recognizes
the major changes initiated by the Québec forest industry in terms of
innovation, product development and market diversification. It also
includes a range of formative actions aimed at ensuring the future of
this economic driving force.
"We welcome the fact that the Strategy is based on the scientific and
technical advances that have been made over the last few years. It also
proposes an approach that focuses on developing innovative wood-based
products," says Pierre Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer
Through its unique innovative management system and research and
development in the field of wood products manufacturing, FPInnovations
sees a number of very promising ways to create new products and
increase the use of wood in residential and non-residential
construction. After a series of outstanding successes, such as
nanocrystalline cellulose, FPInnovations and its industry members are
about to develop a range of physical and chemical wood components that
will enable so-far unexplored uses.
The Québec government strategy is also aimed at revitalizing the
hardwood-forest sector, through the deployment of a program aligned
with FPInnovations' Hardwood Research Initiative.
The MRNF has granted FPInnovations $5.5 million this year under its
biorefinery and demonstration plant program. The money will be used to
set up premanufacturing facilities, which will demonstrate the
technical and economic feasibility of new biomaterials and renewable,
ecological bioproducts made from forest fibre.
FPInnovations' project is part of the measures announced by the
Government of Québec to increase the competitiveness of Québec
companies on traditional markets and gain a foothold in industries as
diverse as transportation, aerospace, pharmaceutics, medical supplies,
bioplastics and food packaging.
"Our industrial members are targeting high-value-added products that
will give them an edge over the international competition," says Pierre
Lapointe. "The new strategy is a serious nudge in the right direction,
as it spurs the competitiveness of the traditional forest industry and
encourages swifter transformation of the sector through innovation.
FPInnovations will continue to be closely involved in these
developments, which is why we are in favour of the major technological
challenges launched by the Québec government's initiative."
FPInnovations is a world leader that specializes in the creation of
scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global
competitiveness and responds to the high-priority needs of its
industrial and government members. 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 forestry operations to consumer
and industrial products. A not-for-profit organization, it employs over
550 people at its research laboratories in Québec City, Montréal,
Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Vancouver, and at technology transfer offices
across the country. For more information about FPInnovations, please
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