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FPInnovations Inaugurates its new Research Facilities for
POINTE-CLAIRE, May 30, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - FPInnovations is pleased to
announce today's inauguration of its new NanoCrystalline Cellulose
(NCC) research facilities, which consist of a state-of-the-art pilot
plant, new high-performance equipment for the Québec City laboratory
and two new research laboratories located at Pointe-Claire.
The Pointe-Claire laboratories are dedicated primarily to NCC chemistry,
as well as to NCC and nanocomposites characterization. The new
laboratory equipment in Québec City is being used in the development of
advanced wood materials in the appearance, structural and composite
wood products sector.
The cost of the construction of the facilities and the acquisition of
the research equipment amounts to $4.1 million. This investment has
been made possible thanks to the financial participation of the
Ministère du Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de
l'Exportation du Québec for 80% of the expenses and, Natural Resources
Canada, for 20%, under its Transformative Technologies Program (TT).
The project will make it possible to retain 11 full-time scientists and
technicians dedicated to NCC research.
"Our support for creation of the pilot plant and new crystalline
nanocellulose labs demonstrates our commitment to making Québec a
state-of-the-art centre for advanced research. Forthcoming R&D projects
in these innovative facilities will build on Québec's leadership in the
forest nanotechnologies sector and open the door to high-potential
markets for Québec's wood industry, said Geoffrey Kelley, Member for
Jacques-Cartier and Minister responsible for Native Affairs.
"We are proud to participate in this unique partnership that embodies
the technological innovation and leadership essential for the renewal
our forest sector," said the Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Joe
Oliver. "Emerging technologies such as nanocrystalline cellulose hold
the potential to transform the forest sector and create new, high-value
opportunities in global markets. The Government of Canada's investment
in this project will help build on Canadian leadership in the
commercialization of this exciting technology."
The pilot plant, with a production capacity of 3 kilograms per day,
contains equipment based on leading edge technology that ensures a
rapid transfer of research results into industrial-scale production.
Automatic control measures for the equipment and prevention measures
have been put in place in order to enhance product standardization and
to respect the applicable standards for health and safety at work and
The main advantages associated with the new facilities can be found in:
the production of NCCs in sufficient quantities allowing for a better
response to the ever-increasing demand from FPInnovations research
groups (for the study, among other things, of applications aimed at
varnishes for wood floors, iridescent films and bioplastics), from
external groups (such as universities, research networks and centres,
e.g. ArboraNano - the Canadian Forest Nanoproducts Network), and from
the development of new grades of NCC beyond the ten or so that have
already been identified;
the scaling up of NCC modification procedures;
collaboration with the Domtar-FPInnovations joint venture in order to
pave the way for the commercialization of NCCs.
"We are all working very hard to maintain our world-wide lead in NCC
research and development. With its three kilograms per day, this small
pilot plant will still be producing the largest quantity of NCC in the
world", declared Pierre Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer
of FPInnovations. "We are building the future of the forest industry by
focusing on the research and development of new applications,
innovative products and new markets, and we will get there one success
at a time", concluded Lapointe.
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 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. FPInnovations' staff numbers more
than 500 employees including research laboratories in Quebec City,
Montreal, Ottawa, Thunder Bay and Vancouver, and technology transfer
offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, please
About nanocrystalline cellulose
Nanocrystalline cellulose is a renewable, recyclable and abundant
nanomaterial made of cellulose fibers from the wood pulp manufacturing
process. Potential applications include optically-reflective films,
high-durability varnishes, and innovative bioplastics. The properties
of this material will provide totally new opportunities in a wide range
of applications for a variety of sectors and markets such as the
aerospace, automotive, chemical, textile and forestry industries.
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