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Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company's 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—worth a total of $26 million—represents a major advance in biorefinery development in Canada. Backed by a $10 million investment from Natural Resources Canada's Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program and an additional $4.4 million from the Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, the Cabano plant will replace its current process—the production of sodium carbonate-based chemical pulp—with this new, more environmentally friendly and economical one that was developed in conjunction with a U.S. partner.
This new process—the extraction of hemicellulose from deciduous woodchips—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.
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