Montreal, September 16, 2020FPInnovations, a Canadian research centre, has successfully completed phase 1 in the development of biodegradable disposable face masks, and is ready to begin the second phase which is expected to lead to an entirely made-in-Canada biodegradable solution for face coverings.

Converting base tissue from parent reels has traditionally been the bottleneck of tissue production, but as tissue makers increasingly seek out softer tissue products and meet the increasing demand created by COVID-19, enhancing tissue converting efficiency is stepping into the forefront.

A five-year R&D program for cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) managed by FPInnovations and funded by ArboraNano and government agencies has resulted in an impressive catalogue of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and $1.6 million invested in research to further the development of nanocellulose applications derived from wood fibre.

Switching from 8-axle B-trains to 9-axle B-trains has been gaining traction in Western Canada (pun intended). A new calculation recently developed by FPInnovations has led to the discovery of the real and remarkable benefits of having more 9-axle B-trains on the roads.

No one has been left untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of the negative feelings you are probably harbouring towards the virus, it is undeniable that it’s been a catalyst for change. The pandemic has prompted the forestry industry to rethink its ways and accelerate its evolution.

Designers and regulators are increasingly rationalizing for climate change in stream crossing designs. While the baseline practice in forestry is “add 20% to the design flood”—which originates from a 2012 Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia Guidance publication—professionals are now starting to use publicly available climate tools that give more localized estimates.

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