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Tembec develops “very high” viscosity cellulose grade Biofloc XV20

Aug. 16, 2017 - After several months of laboratory work by the Research and Development team in Bordeaux France, Tembec says it has developed a very high viscosity cellulose grade.


August 16, 2017
By P&PC Staff

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Just days ago, the production of this new grade, called Biofloc XV20, took place at the Tartas Specialty Cellulose mill in France.

“It is a tremendous success because a new world record for viscosity of a wood pulp was achieved,” says Tembec in a company statement.

Tembec, describing itself as the world leader in specialty cellulose for use in the production of cellulose ethers, says it responded to the needs of its main customers.

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“This new product can now compete directly with cotton linter pulp and opens new opportunities for our customers,” said Christian Ribeyrolle, executive vice president of the Specialty Cellulose Group. “Our customers in this segment needed a replacement for cotton linter pulp by a product which is less affected by market cycles but is of equivalent quality. Biofloc XV20 is now part of our product portfolio.”

Many customers have expressed a strong interest in Biofloc XV20 and the product will be shipped from the Tembec Tartas warehouse shortly, noted the manufacturer.