Innovation: A biorefinery project at Norampac-Cabano plant

This project at Norampac – Cabano is a Canadian first in forest industry. Photo credit: Norampac

 

On April 10, 2015, Cascades announced a $26 million investment in a new technology at its Norampac – Cabano facility. This innovative new process – a Canadian first – is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips.

This project represents a major advance in biorefinery development in Canada. This new process – the extraction of hemicellulose from deciduous wood chips – will replace the use of chemical products, which would otherwise have to be purchased, shipped and disposed of responsibly. Another benefit is the plant’s reduced energy consumption, which will boost Cabano’s competitiveness. The facility’s reduced environmental footprint will position Cabano to offer products that are even more environmentally friendly than before.

Photo credit: Norampac

Hemicellulose, a natural polymer found in plant cell walls, presents myriad opportunities ranging from power generation to biofuels such as ethanol, as well as the production of natural sugar-based value-added products.

The new process will enable improvements in the efficiency and competitiveness of our Cabano plant’s current corrugated paper production process, thus making existing jobs more secure. The investment is the initial step of a plan to increase the plant’s capacity over the next few years.

Once again, Cascades stands out for its commitment to developing ecological procedures!

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About the Author
Geneviève Boyer

Geneviève serves as the Communications Coordinator for Norampac, a corporate division of Cascades. She joined the team in 2006, not long after completing her studies at the Université de Montréal with a BA in Communications and Political Sciences. She also boasts a management degree from Montreal's HEC Business School. A dedicated humanitarian, Geneviève enjoys taking on a wide variety of challenges. "Communicating effectively within a corporation is a mission I take very much to heart, and one which covers a lot of different issues – including dealing with the media, day-to-day operations and employee concerns. I appreciate the opportunity I have been given, since the beginning of my career, to work for a company which fosters and encourages creativity. It's very satisfying, for example, to have had a personal influence on projects such as the videos we produce to ensure a safe, healthy work environment."

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