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FPInnovations and Kruger dedicate cellulose filament demonstration plant

(Editor's Note: From a joint FPInnovations and Kruger press release of June 17, 2014

FPInnovations and Kruger Inc. [on June 17, 2014] dedicated the world’s first cellulose filament (CF) demonstration plant at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada, mill.

The five ton/day plant will provide enough CF tonnage to permit commercialization and application development. CF is a new material extracted from wood pulp fibres that is revolutionary because of its unique properties. CF has major potential for Canada’s forest sector because of its wide range of applications from existing paper products to new products. The nature of CF allows it to be combined with many materials to develop a wide range of high-value products currently sought after by many Canadian and international industry sectors and is expected to contribute significantly to the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC)’s Vision 2020 ambitious economic objectives.

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"This demonstration plant is a great example of how collaboration and strategic investment in research and development can lead to the development of innovative new products that will transform the pulp and paper industry while supporting traditional markets," said FPInnovations' President and CEO Pierre Lapointe. “The inauguration of this facility places Canada in the pole position of global competition to develop the next generation of cellulose-based materials.”

An intensive concurrent R&D program will support the industrial scale up for applications in different commercial pulps, papers, packaging, tissues and towels, as well as thermosets, thermoplastics, coatings, construction panels and non-wovens.

This groundbreaking research and innovation project represents investments to date totaling $43.1 million, including funding from Natural Resources Canada, through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program, as well as a grant from Québec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, a loan from Investissement Québec, financial backing from the Government of British Columbia, a contribution from Kruger Inc. and funds from FPInnovations’ pulp, paper and bioproducts industry members.

The dedication ceremony was attended by Mr. Laurent Lessard, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and Minister responsible for the Centre-du-Québec region; Mr. Jean-Denis Girard, Member for Trois-Rivières, Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region; Mr. Dave Peterson, B.C’s Chief Forester and Assistant Deputy Minister, Tenures, Competitiveness and Innovations, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Mr. Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations; and Mr. Daniel Archambault, Executive Vice President and COO of Kruger’s Industrial Products Division.

“Kruger has been innovating for 110 years and it is with great pride that we are celebrating the dedication of this demonstration plant that promotes a technology of the future,” said Daniel Archambault, Executive Vice President and COO, Industrial Products Division, Kruger. “The unique potential of cellulose filaments, combined with our R&D efforts, will help the Canadian forest industry progress and have a bright future.”

About FPInnovations

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. FPInnovations' staff numbers more than 525. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada. For more information about FPInnovations, visit: www.fpinnovations.ca.

About Kruger

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. For more information about Kruger Inc., visit www.kruger.com.

For more information contact Terry Knee, FPInnovations Communications Director ([email protected]) or Jean Majeau, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communications, Kruger Inc. ([email protected]).

 

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