Innovation
Jan. 30, 2017 - Have you ever wondered which British Columbia companies incorporate the most innovation and the latest technology? Would it surprise you to know that tech touches nearly every industry in B.C.?
Jan. 3, 2017 - A delegation of Swedish executives and scientists visited Canada in September, seeking more information on the successful Canadian innovation model for the forest products industry.
Dec. 13, 2016 - BillerudKorsnäs says it is now moving ahead with full-scale trials adding microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) to its paperboard products after “promising initial tests.”
Dec. 9, 2016 - Valmet says it has become one of the first technology suppliers to the pulp and paper industry to adopt 3D printing technology in its manufacturing processes to shorten lead times.
Dec. 6, 2016 - Hokuetsu Kishu Paper (HKP) says it is preparing to increase its collaboration with InnoTech Alberta and Alberta Innovates to further the development of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), a green nanomaterial produced through the pulping process of its subsidiary Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries (Al-Pac).
The first panel of the day at the 2016 Scaling Up Conference in Ottawa focused on setting the stage for growing a successful bioeconomy.
Flooring can be made from any number of sustainable materials, making it, generally, an eco-friendly feature in homes and businesses alike.
Officials from Canada’s Ministry of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the construction and commissioning of an oxy-fired pressurized fluidized bed combustion (oxy-PFBC) pilot test facility at CanmetENERGY-Ottawa on Oct. 18.
Fanshawe College has begun construction of its new biotechnology research facility, the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology, in London, Ont. The new centre will advance biotechnology, chemistry, and environmental technology programs through research and innovation with industry collaborations and partnerships.
Kelheim Fibres has developed a viscose fibre which provides static dissipation. These electrically conductive fibres may have use in protective work wear for electrostatic discharge or in moisture detection applications.
Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents, according to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The research centre has developed solvents which are able to extract 50 per cent of the lignin from wood in a pure form that retains its natural chemical structure during processing.
A new round of research and innovation funding aimed at growing a sustainable bioeconomy in Alberta has been announced. Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio) has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies.
The potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to solve the toughest problems facing manufacturers was the main topic of the 41st annual Honeywell Users Group (HUG) Americas conference.
One European speaker at the PacWest conference had words of caution regarding Canada’s global position within the pulp and paper industry. Mats Nordgren, a specialist with Valmet, described how the industry in Europe is rebuilding and upgrading technology in the mills. He hopes Canadian companies will invest and keep up.
AkzoNobel and agro-industrial cooperative Royal Cosun have formed a partnership to develop novel products from cellulose side streams resulting from sugar beet processing.
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