POINTE-CLAIRE, QC, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - FPInnovations, Manac
and Cascades delivered today a cutting-edge, aerodynamic semi trailer
for freight shipments in North America, as part of a high-tech project
adapted and developed in Québec.
Thanks in part to $50,000 in financial support from the Ministère des
Transports du Québec (MTQ) and wind-tunnel tests carried out over the
past few months by the aerodynamics research section of the Mechanical
Engineering Department at Université Laval, the new semi trailer was
delivered today for EnergotestTM track tests in Blainville, conducted under FPInnovations' PIT Program.
The participating companies, the MTQ and Université Laval worked twice
as hard to complete this project in record time.
The perceived advantages of the new technology are as follows:
an average 12% reduction in aerodynamic drag, which could potentially
lead to a fuel economy of up to 6%;
no impact with respect to transport regulations, enabling flexible
integration in Canada, the United States and Mexico;
from the environmental perspective, a potential 14-tonne reduction in CO2 emissions per semi trailer in service.
The idea for the new semi trailer was launched by FPInnovations, which
was able to combine technology developed in Europe with cutting-edge
Québec expertise in engineering (Université Laval) and manufacturing
(Manac) to develop a product adapted to North American roads. The
inclusion of an end user in the team enabled the development of an
innovative product with impressive potential for the project partners
and the entire freight transport industry. The sales potential for the
North American semi trailer market is about 64,000 units per year,
worth over $1.5 billion.
According to Marc Berthiaume, Manac Engineering Department Manager,
"Manac is always interested in participating in initiatives leading to
the development of eco-energy technologies, especially with a team of
partners as dynamic, painstaking and inspiring as this."
In the words of Jean-Yves Delisle, Executive Director of Cascades
Transport Inc., "Cascades' involvement in the aerodynamic semi trailer
project is in keeping with a long series of green transportation
initiatives. This partnership was therefore totally natural for us."
Yves Provencher, Director of FPInnovations' PIT Program, had the
following to say: "Our team has put together the best knowledge and
cutting-edge technology for the benefit of the transportation industry
— in this case, the trucking sector. The contribution by the MTQ and
excellent partners like Manac, Cascades and Université Laval are key
factors for deploying innovative projects like the semi trailer
About FPInnovations' PIT Program
The Project Innovation Transport (PIT) program brings together
researchers, managers of vehicle fleets, technology providers and
government agencies to improve every phase of the transportation
system. By working together and harnessing the latest technological and
operational innovations, PIT delivers tangible solutions that comply
with government legislation. This approach ensures swift implementation
and a high return on investment. For more information, visit www.pit.fptransport.org.
FPInnovations is a not‐for‐profit R&D and innovation 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 carry out research, innovate and deliver cutting-edge
solutions for all segments in the forest sector value chain, from
forestry operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations'
staff numbers more than 500. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec
City, Montréal, Thunder Bay and Vancouver, and it has technology
transfer offices across Canada. For more information about
FPInnovations, visit www.fpinnovations.ca.
Since its inception in 1966, Manac has been designing, manufacturing and
marketing Canada's broadest line of semi trailers for over-the-road,
construction, forestry and agricultural uses. Manac operates plants in
Ville de Saint-Georges, in Oran and in Kennett, Missouri. Its head
office is located Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Québec. Two other plants are
located in Oran and Kennett, Missouri. For more information about
Manac, visit www.manac.ca.
Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and
tissue products composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs
close to 11,000 people, who work in more than 100 production units
located in North America and Europe. Cascades' management philosophy,
its more than 45 years of experience in recycling and its continued
efforts in research and development are strengths that enable the
company to create new products for its customers. Cascades' shares
trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CAS.
About Cascades Transport
Cascades Transport Inc. provides Cascades plants with logistics and
freight transportation services. Its areas of specialization include
transport over short and long distances, storage, dispatching, customs
services, vehicle rentals and mechanical maintenance. It employs over
200 people at four terminals. Cascades Transport has a fleet of about
100 trucks and 450 trailers, which convey Cascades' environmentally
responsible image, a true source of pride, across North America.
Image with caption: "New streamlined semi trailer designed by FPInnovations, Manac and Cascades (CNW Group/FPINNOVATIONS)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110922_C5555_PHOTO_EN_3648.jpg
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