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ADVANCING THE CAUSE OF BC PAPERMAKING


January 1, 2000
By Pulp & Paper Canada

A giant step into the future was taken in 1998 with the announcement of the Advanced Papermaking Initiative. The $8.5 million endowment from Forest Renewal BC will help increase the industry’s long-te…

A giant step into the future was taken in 1998 with the announcement of the Advanced Papermaking Initiative. The $8.5 million endowment from Forest Renewal BC will help increase the industry’s long-term competitiveness in its search for value-added products. The money will be used to hire new faculty — two at UBC, one at the British Columbia Institute of Technology — fund student scholarships and support the acquisition of teaching and research equipment. Paprican will be the industry partner in the Initiative.

Kerekes said there was a need to build up BC’s papermaking expertise. The focus will be on paper forming and enhanced fibre processing: how to prepare fibre/pulps for various end uses. “We want to strengthen the teaching and research programs related to papermaking and paper products.”

A technology network will be created to make the benefits of the Initiative accessible to mill sites and post-secondary institutions around BC. This will be done by distance education, tele-lecturing of seminars and other methods.


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