FPInnovations, Resolute inaugurate TMP-Bio refinery in Thunder Bay

Canada’s FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products Inc. have commissioned a new TMP-Bio plant in Thunder Bay, ON. With the capacity to treat 100 tonnes of biomass annually, the bio-refinery pilot plant produces lignin and sugars for use in the development of innovative bio-products such as wood adhesives, animal feed and composites.

The organizations joined forces in early 2018 to build the plant at Resolute’s Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill, focusing on developing new, efficient ways to manufacture and market innovative woodbased biochemical products.

The $C23-million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio- Economy (CRIBE) and Natural Resources Canada. Other support stems from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp., FedNor, the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Québec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and the Nova Scotia Innovation Hub.

TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations for the commercial production of large quantities of bio-sourced chemicals such as high-quality cellulosic sugars and H-lignin, and is a step towards opening up new markets for the forest products sector within the biochemical products supply chain.

FPInnovations, www.fpinnovations.ca

Resolute Forest Products Inc., www.resolutefp.com

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