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Catalyst Paper’s Powell River mill has won the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award. Powell River was recognized in the category of Energy Performance Management in recognition of its successful installation of the G13 turbine.
Cascades' leadership in energy efficiency was recognized several times in the past month. Natural Resources Canada, Novae and the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) each in turn named Cascades as a finalist in their award programs.
FPInnovations and Bioénergie La Tuque (BELT) have signed a collaboration agreement to investigate and construct a next-generation biorefinery demonstration facility in the city of La Tuque, Que.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and Tembec showcased their joint innovative solutions aimed at achieving woodland caribou habitat conservation and a healthy forest industry in Ontario and Quebec at a special event in Thunder Bay in mid-May.
An Indian papermaker and four shareholders of Catalyst Paper have expressed an interest in acquiring the B.C.-based papermaker. Catalyst Paper announced May 23 that its board of directors had received a copy of an expression of intent from Kejriwal Group International and the four shareholders who hold or control approximately 79 per cent of its outstanding common shares.
Facing continued price erosion for many of its products, Catalyst Paper announced adjusted earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $17.1 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2016. Adjusted EBITDA before specific items was $17.7 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA before specific items of $19.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Valmet and Biochemtex have launched a development project centered on the conversion of lignin into biochemicals. The collaboration will combine and adapt Valmet’s LignoBoost technology for the extraction of purified lignin from black liquor and Biochemtex's Moghi proprietary technology for the conversion of lignin into biofuels and biochemicals.
PAPTAC’s student community at the University of Toronto recently had a booth at Science Rendezvous, an annual festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. The group helped participants, including kids, teenagers, and adults, to make their own paper from pulp.
The Pulp and Paper Centre at University of British Columbia is planning a celebration. The centre will host an open house event and an alumni dinner to mark its 30th anniversary.
Kadant Johnson Inc. has successfully started up its ThermoMax steam system at Norampac’s corrugated packaging plant in Drummondville, Quebec. The steam system serves a new corrugator line that was part of a $26 million modernization project that doubled the production capacity of the plant. The corrugator has a face-width of 110 in. and is designed to operate at sustained speeds of 450 m/min. It is the first of its kind in Canada.
Resolute Forest Products Inc. reported a net loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, excluding special items, of US$18 million, almost equal to the net loss, excluding special items, of US$19 million in the same period in 2015. Sales were $877 million in the quarter, down $43 million, or five per cent, from the first quarter of 2015.
Paper Excellence is having some of the papermaking buildings at the company’s Prince Albert, Sask., mill demolished. The facility was purchased by Paper Excellence in 2011, with the intention to produce dissolving pulp. But a Chinese duty on dissolving pulp from Canada put those plans on hold, and the company has announced no firm date for restarting the pulp lines.
Chinese papermaker Sun Paper is building its first North American facility – a US$1-billion pulp mill in Arkansas.
The Québec government has announced who will lead the five major workshop groups it has tasked with identifying the problems and finding solutions and methods that will help the forest products industry to move forward.
Weyerhaeuser is planning to sell its Cellulose Fibers pulp mills – including the site in Grande Prairie, Alta. – to International Paper for US$2.2 billion in cash.
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