New Canadian technology
Construction of demonstration plant completed on time
30 jobs created
15 technical collaboration agreements in place
MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - CelluForce officially inaugurated
today the world's first NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC) demonstration
plant at the Domtar pulp and paper mill site in Windsor, Quebec.
Jean Moreau, President and CEO of CelluForce, was accompanied by the
Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Joe Oliver;
Québec's Minister for Finance, Alain Paquet; John D. Williams,
President and CEO of Domtar; and Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of
CelluForce is ramping up its production of NCC with a target of reaching
a 1,000 kg (1 metric ton) per day production rate in 2012. Trials
integrating NCC into the manufacturing process of different products
are currently taking place through technical collaboration agreements
between CelluForce and 15 companies based in Canada, the United States,
Europe and Asia in four main industrial sectors: paints and coatings,
films and barriers, textiles, and composites.
Plant construction extended over a 14-month period and was completed on
time. The Canadian and Québec governments made a significant
contribution to the financing of the $36 million plant with $23.2
million coming from Natural Resources Canada (Pulp and Paper Green
Transformation Program and Transformative Technologies Program) and
$10.2 million from Québec's Natural Resources and Wildlife Department.
Grateful to all those who have contributed thus far to this exciting
venture, Jean Moreau declared: "This is the stellar result of the
winning combination of Domtar's operational expertise with
FPInnovations' technical and scientific knowledge to develop an
effective manufacturing process for NanoCrystalline Cellulose.
Governments were receptive to our project, which was in line with their
innovation and forestry industry strategies, while our enthusiastic
employees were thrilled to participate in such a unique and innovative
initiative. Today we celebrate a milestone that enables us to be the
first in he world on the path to creating a significant market for NCC.
There is an exciting future ahead for NCC and CelluForce."
"Our investment in the CelluForce project is part of a larger story at
Domtar around unlocking greater value from wood fiber," added John D.
Williams, Domtar President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are
thrilled to be partners in this world-class venture that aligns so
squarely with our business growth objective to become a global leader
in fiber innovation."
Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations stated that "This is
a significant milestone in Canadian innovation history. We have
demonstrated that through investment in public-private partnerships,
Canada is taking a leadership position in developing and deploying game
changing innovations, such as NCC, to help the transformation of the
forest industry and to create wealth for Canadians. We are very proud
that this innovation developed by FPInnovations' research team is now
moving from the laboratories to the marketplace. This is a great day
for FPInnovations' staff and all our partners."
NCC is an advanced material derived from wood fibre that improves the
strength, durability and toughness of products. It can reduce damage
caused by wear, abrasion and light. This high-value nanomaterial can
also be incorporated into systems to make light reflective structures
(tunable from ultraviolet to infrared), impermeable to gas and stable
over time. NCC can transform the performance of existing products as
well as help create new, unique and improved products. Natural,
renewable, recyclable, compostable and bio-degradable, NCC also has the
potential to become a contributor to the green economy in numerous
industrial sectors in the coming decades.
NCC's remarkable properties will lead to commercial applications largely
exceeding those of traditional wood fibre products. CelluForce will, on
a worldwide basis, market NanoCrystalline Cellulose for strength
applications under the CelluForce Impact™ brand, and optical
applications under the CelluForce Allure™ brand.
CelluForce is the world leader in the commercial development of
NanoCrystalline Cellulose (NCC). The company is a joint venture of
Domtar Corporation and FPInnovations. CelluForce manufactures NCC in
the world's first plant of its kind, located in Windsor, Québec,
develops new applications for it, markets and sells it. The company
currently has a workforce of 30 employees and its head office is in
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. Its research laboratories are located in Québec City,
Montréal, Thunder Bay, Edmonton and Vancouver, and it has technology
transfer offices across Canada. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca
Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) is the largest integrated
manufacturer and marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America
and the second largest in the world based on production capacity, and
is also a manufacturer of papergrade, fluff and specialty pulp.
The Company designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide range
of business, commercial printing and publishing as well as converting
and specialty papers including recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and Domtar EarthChoice® Office Paper, part of a family of environmentally and socially
responsible papers. Domtar also produces a complete line of
incontinence care products and distributes washcloths marketed
primarily under the Attends® brand name. Domtar owns and operates ArivaTM, an extensive network of strategically located paper distribution
facilities. The Company employs approximately 8,800 people. To learn
more, visit www.domtar.com
For further information concerning CelluForce, please visit www.celluforce.com
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