Machine operators have a huge impact on fuel efficiency and productivity. The difference in productivity between the worst and best operators can be as much as 30%, while proper maintenance of a machine can result in significant fuel savings. To help its members increase their productivity, FPInnovations offers Smart Operator for Forestry workshops across Canada.

Scientists in FPInnovations’ wildfire operations research and fibre-supply are combining their expertise in a joint research project with the city of Quesnel, B.C., funded in part by the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, to better understand how harvesting techniques can reduce hazardous vegetative fuel to lower the threat of catastrophic wildfires near urban areas while preserving a forest’s ecosystem.

BioDesign, a consortium of companies, associations, academic and research institutions from several sectors (including FPInnovations), is formed around a collective mission from the public and private sectors to make Canada a low-carbon industrial bioeconomy leader.

Let’s face it, convenience is king. We’re more likely to recycle and compost if we have curbside service and if we forget our reusable grocery bags at home, we can buy more at the checkout counter.

On the heels of the first-ever Canadian truck platooning trials on forest resource roads last year, FPlnnovations and partners Resolute Forest Products and Auburn University, have successfully conducted new platooning trials near La Tuque, Quebec, north of Trois Rivières, to test the system’s new features.

The scientific community is abuzz with talk about sinks — the kind you have to step outside and be with nature to see. Carbon sinks are components of the ecosystem that capture and store more carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere than they release.

Increasingly, bio-sourced products derived from biomass are gaining attention in the pulp and paper industry. For hardwood kraft-dissolving pulp mills, the production of furfural would not only enhance the use of biomass, but also generate additional revenue, and create a reliable source of furfural in North America.

Driven by a competitive market, FPInnovations’ Forestry 4.0 initiative aims at automating the forest operation sector. However, a lack of adequate communication networks reaching remote locations is a barrier to real-time supply chain management data for forestry operations.

With technical advances in the field of cellulose nanomaterials such as cellulose filaments (CFs) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), the development of functional forest-based materials could lead to enhanced applications in multiple industries: intelligent packaging, cosmetics, paints and coatings, foods, and advanced electronic and photonic materials, among others.

Over 400 participants attended the 2019 TAPPI Nano conference (International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials) held in Chiba, Japan the first week of June, including several FPInnovations scientists and managers, among who gave presentations and chaired sessions.

The market for paper and paperboard grades is highly competitive leading many pulp and paper mills to diversify their product lines, including producing new paper grades with growth potential, while for other mills, the focus is on cost reduction or on lightweighting.

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