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Canfor Pulp Opens Pulp Innovation Centre

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Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI), Vancouver, B.C., Canada, which owns 49.8% of Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership (CPLP), this week announced three major new investments in innovation for the company in a ceremony opening the new Canfor Pulp Innovation Centre in Burnaby, B.C. Joe Nemeth, president and CEO of CPPI, noted that CPLP is the largest producer of kraft market pulp in British Columbia, and the third largest in the world. He added that "innovation is the cornerstone of globally successful companies. This major investment of more than $10 million is aimed at securing our future as a global leader in pulp."

The Canfor Pulp Innovation Centre will have an annual operating budget of $2 million and a laboratory of 6,400 sq. ft. Its staff of nine technical professionals will perform research on a host of challenges and opportunities important to CPLP. Key equipment items in the Centre are a pilot refiner for simulating paper mill treatment of pulps, and extensive, advanced technical instruments for testing pulp and paper.

Complementing CPLP's in-house research, Nemeth also announced the company's commitment to a new research grant program, a collaboration between CPLP and the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia. The program will provide a total of $225,000 over the next three years to university faculty for novel research projects in areas relevant to CPLP's mandate. "We want to encourage the wealth of academic talent at UBC and UNBC to dedicate renewed efforts and enthusiasm toward the manufacture and development of products from our forest resource, and thereby contribute to the future of one of the largest and most consistent contributors to provincial GDP," Nemeth said.

The third initiative is a set of partnerships with government in collaboration with equipment suppliers to implement advanced sensing technology in all three of CPLP's Prince George mills. CPLP's investment of $8 million in these technologies will include the Metso Quality Vision System, the Eurocon PulpEye, and two sensors developed by FPInnovations in Vancouver. The sensors consist of a fiber wall thickness measurement sensor and a specialized wood chip sensor. This comprehensive initiative in sensing technology is supported by matching funding of $2.4 million from Natural Resources Canada and $2.1 million from the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Mines, and Lands. It will provide CPLP with unique capabilities for monitoring the quality of its fibers online and thereby provide information to adjust operations and maximize pulp value recovery from the sawmill-produced wood chips it uses.


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