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Nippon Paper Industries Completes Construction of 'MinerPa' Demonstration Plant at Fuji Mill

Nippon Paper Industries MinerPa demonstration plant Nippon Paper Industries' new demonstration plant will produce new functional materials, "MinerPa®" — a hybrid material made of wood pulp and particulate minerals using Nippon's unique pulp modification technologies.

Oct. 24, 2018 - Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. announced that it has completed the construction of a demonstration plant at Fuji Mill (Fuji-City, Shizuoka Prefecture) in Japan on schedule.

The demonstration plant will produce new functional materials, “MinerPa®” — a hybrid material made of wood pulp and particulate minerals using Nippon's unique pulp modification technologies.

A ceremonial event celebrating completion of the project was held on October 11.

Nippon Paper Industries explained that MinerPa is based on the company's unique technology for densely bonding mineral particles onto the surface of cellulose fibers, in this case, wood pulp. In addition to showing the functional properties derived from various mineral particles, MinerPa also shows the characteristics and advantages of wood pulp and can be processed into various types of materials such as wet pulp, sheets, boards (laminates) and powder. "Using wood as the basic raw material, it has now become possible to provide MinerPa with a content ratio of up to 90% mineral particles, and there are high expectations for the development of practical applications in a wide range of fields," the company said.

MinerPa offers deodorizing/antibacterial properties, along with newly developed functions such as antiviral properties to meet customer requirements, Nippon Paper added.

According to Nippon Paper, the new demonstration plant will start up with an annual production capacity of more than 450 tons and be capable of supplying large-scale samples for various applications to customers.

Nippon Paper Industries produces coated and uncoated paper, including specialty grades, and paperboard. To learn more about Nippon Paper Industries, please visit: www.nipponpapergroup.com.

SOURCE: Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.