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Biotech JV now has a name: Celluforce

Quebec demo plant to manufacture nanomaterial extracted from trees


June 3, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

MONTREAL—Domtar and FPInnovations have announced the corporate identity of a biotech joint-venture launched in July 2010: Celluforce.

The company will manufacture and commercialized nanocrystalline cellulose, a recyclable and renewable nanomaterial that is extracted from trees.

It will be produced in a large-scale commercial demonstration plant currently under construction on the site of Domtar’s pulp and paper mill in Windsor, Que. The plant should be operational in the first quarter of 2012.

Celluforce plans to sell the extract to clients in the paint and coatings, bioplastics and textile industries. Its strengthening abilities makes products up to 10 times stronger, according to Jean Moreau, the company’s CEO.

“We’re bringing a completely non-toxic bio-product to market for industries that will no longer need to use environmentally harmful chemicals in the manufacturing of their products,” he says.

The glass industry  can use the product in windows as a UV barrier and in window linings to create colour changes when light hits the nanocrystalline molecules.

In a paint or coating scenario, the extract acts as a scratch resister to wood-floor varnishes or cabinet finishes.