Primary wood products manufacturing


What are the problems faced by the industry in this area?
Fibre supply costs and raw material quality
Demographic changes and labour shortages
Profit margin erosion, and limited manufacturing flexibility and agility
Need for disruptive technologies and processes


What does FPInnovations do to address the challenges?
Improve fibre processing with new advanced machine control at sawmills and engineered wood product (EWP) plants
Improve lumber drying processes for balsam fir and explore ultra-fast drying
Apply existing sensor technologies with machine-learning techniques for process control
Develop modelling tools and investigate new sawmill concepts
Develop new generation of cutting tools and validate automated saw-filing room concept
Develop three new technologies to utilize sawmill residues

Goals & Impacts

What are the goals to reach and what are the impacts on members?
By 2023, deliver five technologies validated in a manufacturing environment to improve agility and flexibility, providing cumulative industry margin gain of $10/m3 of logs processed
By 2023, diversify markets by demonstrating technologies for five non-traditional products
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