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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The erosion of Canadian fibres for existing and new markets
Access to affordable fibre
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?
Optimize fibre modifications with attributes that compete directly with bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) and Nordic northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK)
Improve chemical process pulping performance and yield through integration of online technologies
Generate caustic from solid waste stream for savings on chemicals and landfill costs
Recovery unit operations
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?
Reduce pulp mill operating costs by $20 per air-dried metric ton (ADMT) by 2022
Develop opportunities for mills to transform from communication paper to new grades
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Improve pulp yield and/or quality
Increase revenues from waste stream by $5 per metric ton (MT)
Train 100+ mill staff per year

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