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Harper Govt. Invests in a Demonstration Plant to Produce Cellulosic Filaments for Adhesives and more

Published on 2014-01-02. Author : SpecialChem

TROIS-RIVIÉRES, QUEBEC -- The Honorable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $15 million for a demonstration project at the Kruger Mill in Trois-Riviéres. The total value of the project is $43 million.

Minister Lebel made the announcement alongside representatives from the Quebec Government, FP Innovations and Kruger Biomaterials Inc.

"The investment we are announcing seeks to ensure a more sustainable future for forestry companies in Quebec," said Minister Lebel. "We are committed to helping the sector transition to higher-value activities and develop new markets."

"Our government recognizes that our forest sector is an important job-creating economic driver," said Minister Oliver. "We will continue to support this sector's transformation so that it retains its leading position in the communities it supports."

The demonstration plant will produce cellulose filaments (CF), a revolutionary, chemical-free, renewable and recyclable material that can dramatically improve the quality of pulp, paper, bioplastics, adhesives, paints and coatings. A Canadian innovation, the commercialization of CF gives Canada an international competitive advantage. It is estimated that the use of CF represents a potential market of approximately $500 million in revenue per year for the forest industry.

 On November 22, Minister Denis Lebel had announced an investment of over $61 million in Quebec's forestry industry, including $35 million to fund three new projects as part of the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation Program. Today's announcement marks the first of these projects.

The Government of Canada has invested $1.8 billion in Canada's forest sector, $693.7 million of which was earmarked for Quebec. The Government will continue to support the transformation of Canada's forestry industry, to facilitate the creation of opportunities abroad and to encourage innovation.

About Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) seeks to enhance the responsible development and use of Canada's natural resources and the competitiveness of Canada's natural resources products. We are an established leader in science and technology in the fields of energy, forests, and minerals and metalsand use our expertise in earth sciences to build and maintain an up-to-date knowledge base of our landmass. NRCan develops policies and programs that enhance the contribution of the natural resources sector to the economy and improve the quality of life for all Canadians.

Source: Natural Resources Canada


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