Paprican launches new program to benchmark quality of bleached kraft market pulps produced globally; invites mills to participate

Mathew Kearney

Mathew Kearney

Oct 22, 2007 – CNW Telbec

POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. , October 22, 2007 (press release) – FPInnovations, Paprican Division, through its ISO-accredited physical testing laboratory, invites mills to participate in a new program to benchmark fully bleached kraft market pulps produced globally. The purpose of this program is to provide market pulp manufacturers with a database that contains information on typical properties of market pulps produced worldwide, and allow them to position their own products against other producers of similar types of pulp.  

"A similar program was conducted in 2003 and was highly praised by its participants, said Dr. Maurice Douek of Paprican. This new program is intended to be even broader in scope and will include market pulps produced globally."

Each participating mill will be asked to send a representative sample or samples of pulp. The following tests, commonly used to characterize market pulps and to evaluate their papermaking potential, will then be conducted on each pulp:

- Fiber characterization;

- Five-point PFI beater analysis;

- Thermal brightness reversion;

- Chemical properties.

Testing is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. The results will be available to all participants in a final report at the beginning of 2008, with any specific information pertaining to the mills remaining strictly confidential. The participating mills will also be able to use the testing data for their pulp to support their own quality assurance program and to establish stronger credibility with their customers.

The cost for participating in this program is CAN$ 3,050 per sample for members of FPInnovations - Paprican, and CAN$ 6,100 for non-members. This charge includes testing of one pulp and a copy of the report. A 10% discount will apply if three of more pulp samples are submitted by the participant.

To participate in this program, mills can contact Dr. Maurice Douek before November 30, 2007 as indicated below. Detailed sampling and shipping instructions will then be sent.

About Paprican

FPInnovations, Paprican Division, is a leading not-for-profit research and technology organization that provides valuable technology transfer and cost-competitive research addressing both the short-term and strategic needs of its members. Its research programs are driven by the high-priority technical issues of the industry such as product quality and value, cost competitiveness, environment and sustainability. Internationally recognized for excellence, Paprican operates laboratories in Quebec and British Columbia, and is well positioned to offer services to the global pulp and paper industry. Created through the merger of Canada's primary forest sector research institutes, FPInnovations numbers over 600 employees, with research laboratories in Quebec City, Montreal and Vancouver, and technology transfer offices throughout the country.

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