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Dr. Ivan Pikulik is the 2016 recipient of the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, TAPPI has announced. The award will be presented during PaperCon.
Parliamentary Secretary Kim Rudd, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, met with forest sector stakeholders at PaperWeek Canada and highlighted the government’s support for growing and developing markets for Canada’s sustainably produced, high-quality forest products.
Celluforce is a few steps closer to bringing its nanocrystalline cellulose product to market, participants at PaperWeek Canada heard on Feb. 3. CEO Sebastien Corbeil shared a few lessons learned and described a few near-commercial applications for this unique bio-based additive.
An executive panel that kicked off PaperWeek Canada 2016 reaffirms that Canadian companies are having success in the bio-economy. Representatives from Domtar, West Fraser, Ensyn and Performance Biofilaments shared their strategies for choosing and implementing innovative technologies.Domtar has a portfolio approach, says Bruno Marcoccia, director of R&D. The pulp and paper company’s strategy is to invest in a range of products and technologies, which have varying risk profiles and varying time lines. “Our successes have more than justified the investments we’ve put into bio-refining projects,” Marcoccia concluded.West Fraser, being primarily a wood products company, approaches the bio-economy as a way to use residuals and a method to get the most value out of fibre, explained Rod Albers, manager, energy and bioproducts development. He says the company is seeking bolt-on technologies that complement its primary processes.West Fraser has implemented several bioenergy projects using Organic Rankine Cycle technology, is installing a lignin recovery system at the Hinton pulp mill, and is using biogas to generate green electricity at Slave Lake Pulp.He notes that creating the right team of people is critical to success. West Fraser has chosen to dedicate certain people to the pursuit of bio-pathways. There is one individual at each of the company’s three pulp mills who manages bioproducts development. Also, “we have a visionary in our company that helps lead us along,” says Albers.PaperWeek Canada and BIOFOR International continue until Feb. 4, in Montreal.
Merger and acquisitions deal activity finished on a strong note in 2015, according to PwC’s analysis. The highlight of the quarter was the merger of Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek Timber which creates a world leader in the forest products sector.
Building upon the success of the inaugural event in 2015, the second National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day in Canada will be held on May 7, 2016.During Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, communities across Canada are encouraged to participate in local mitigation projects to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to their homes and neighbourhoods. Groups and individuals can apply for funding to support local events to be held on May 7. Up to 30 projects will be sponsored.
Tembec Paperboard Group and Hawk Converting are launching a “quick turn program” featuring Kallima® coated cover for Kallima-franchised distributors in selected markets. The program is designed to provide customers greater flexibility with no minimums on orders, special sizes, folio, digital and large format sizes.
Catalyst Paper is being sued by the Halalt First Nation and its business partners, alleging trespassing on the part of Catalyst’s Crofton mill and breach of confidentiality.
Key executives in the bioproducts sector will speak at the joint opening session for PaperWeek Canada and BIOFOR International.
PulpEye analysis tools are making a splash in Canada. The company received new orders for PulpEye analyzers from two Canadian mills last fall: Domtar’s Windsor, Que., mill, and Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia.
Having boosted the utilization of its Canada egg carton manufacturing plant, Hartmann now is planning to invest US$30 million to establish a new facility in the U.S. Midwest.
Valmet will modernize a paper machine (PM10) at the Kruger paper mill in Trois-Rivières, Que., as part of a project to convert the newsprint machine to produce containerboard.
Twin Rivers Paper Company is showing its support for the Four Seasons Trail Association (FSTA) by pledging up to US$45,000 for land acquisition.
Marc-André Dépin is stepping down as president and CEO of the Norampac Group, a subsidiary of Cascades.
Juha Lappalainen has been appointed senior vice-president, strategy and operational development at Valmet.
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