Innovation to promote regional economic growth
POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - FPInnovations
congratulates the Québec government for its foresight in contributing
more than $320 million to ensure the continued development of new and
innovative technologies in the province's forest sector. The
announcement, made at the Rendez-vous national de la forêt québécoise in St. Félicien, Québec, will enable the sector to continue to develop
technological breakthroughs that will strengthen and diversify the
industry and provide jobs throughout the province.
"The forest sector, through investment in research and development, has
made great strides in recent years, positioning it as a world leader in
developing innovative solutions that go far beyond its traditional
product mix", said Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations.
"This government's confidence in the future of the forest sector and
the future of the regions dependent upon it, will ensure that it
remains globally competitive and a significant contributor to Québec's
The announcement in St. Félicien is in alignment with the Québec
government's previously announced forest sector 2012-17 strategy as
outlined in "La forêt, pour construire le Québec de demain" which seeks
to create an innovative forest sector, one that will create economic
benefits, sustainable employment, and a culture that favours the use of
wood. The development strategy targeted three streams of activity:
green construction, green energy and green chemistry.
FPInnovations is proud to be a partner in this development strategy.
Past investment by the Québec government led to the construction of the
world's first nanocrystaline cellulose commercial-scale production
plant in Windsor, Québec. Operated under the name CelluForce, the plant
is a joint venture between FPInnovations and Domtar Inc. In addition,
the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, with technical support from FPInnovations, developed a design guide
for 6-storey residential wood construction in support of the green
construction stream. Both projects, amongst others, are concrete
examples of the benefits of investing in research and development
leading to innovative applications that transform the sector and
promote economic growth.
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, Ottawa,
Montréal, Thunder Bay, Hinton and Vancouver, and it has technology
transfer offices across Canada. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca.
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