Improving competitiveness

Challenges

What are the problems faced by the industry in this area?
Global competition from international markets such as South America and Nordic countries
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Erosion of markets for Canadian fibres, especially hardwood kraft and softwood mechanical pulps
Access to affordable fibre, further exacerbated by recent sawmill closures
Limited availability of ecologically secure landfill sites
Lack of skilled workers with expertise and industry knowledge

Actions

What does FPInnovations do to address the challenges?
Reduce chemical costs and enhance yield and performance of fibrelines in chemical pulp mills
Provide solutions for energy management and production debottlenecking
Improve chemical recovery operations and black liquor evaporation
Guide compliance with environmental regulations
Optimize existing TMP and CTMP operations to reduce energy and improve product quality
Upgrade industry knowledge and expertise through customized training on process and products

Goals & Impacts

What are the goals to reach and what are the impacts on members?
Target 0.5% fibre yield improvement at two mills or improve chemical costs by $1-$2/T through a fibreline or bleach plant audit
Identify $0.25- $1M per participating mill in energy savings and debottlenecking opportunities including boilers
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Engage with mill technical staff and identify chemical recovery operation improvement opportunities at three mills
Ensure that proposed regulations can be economically met by member mills through working with governments and industry associations
Improve product quality at two or more mills
Train over 100 industry staff through workshops, training sessions, webinars, and other resources
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