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FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Announce Investment in TMP-Bio Pilot Project in Ontario

FPInnovations TMP-Bio pilot project The TMP-Bio pilot project at Resolute's Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood.

January 22, 2018 - FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products today announced a significant investment in the implementation of a TMP (thermal mechanical pulping) -Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will focus on developing new ways to efficiently produce and commercialize innovative bio-chemicals derived from wood, contributing to the development of a bio-economy in Northern Ontario, as well as elsewhere in Canada.

The $21 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments made in 2012 by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), and Natural Resources Canada. This investment covers cost of capital and R&D and has the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), CRIBE, FedNor, the City of Thunder Bay CEDC and Natural Resources Canada.

Resolute is contributing $3.5 million and hosting the pilot project at its Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill. TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations with financial support from Natural Resources Canada's Transformative Technologies Program.

“We are pleased to continue our strategic partnership with FPInnovations by providing both a host facility and financial support to this innovative venture,” said Richard Garneau, President and CEO of Resolute Forest Products. “This project will help create opportunities to diversify the use of wood fibre into higher-value-added products.”

FPInnovations noted that the project comes at a very opportune time as market interest for sustainably sourced green bio-chemicals and bio-fuels continues to build. The development and availability in significant quantities of bio-sourced chemicals, such as the cellulosic sugars and high-quality H-lignin produced by the TMP-Bio process, is a key step in growing new market value for the forest products sector by connecting it to the bio-chemical supply chain.

FPInnovations' President and CEO, Stephane Renou, said, “This project highlights the importance of investing in de-risking new technologies and products, and points the way for developing and delivering a transformative technology that contributes to the Canadian bio-economy. This major initiative strengthens the industry's position as a leader in the bio-refinery sector.”

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in over 70 countries. To learn more, please visit: www.resolutefp.com

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. To learn more, please visit: fpinnovations.ca.

SOURCE: FPInnovations