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Resolute Forest Products' Thunder Bay biorefinery wins Edison Award for innovation

Transformative technology to usher in new wave of bio-chemically-based forest products
(FP Innovations photo)

Resolute Forest Products' thermomechanical pulp (TMP) biorefinery in Thunder Bay has received a globally prestigious honour for innovation.

The Montreal forest products giant has won the silver Edison Award in the manufacturing, logistics and transportation category for the plant.

The Edison Awards, named after Thomas Alva Edison, annually recognizes and honours some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world. It's considered among the most prestigious accolades honouring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation. Each year, more than 150 companies from all over the world receive an Edison Award, including Fortune 500 companies.

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Resolute's patented technology transforms wood-based chemicals, such as lignin and cellulosic sugars, into innovative commercial products like adhesives, animal feed and composites. The technology was developed by FP Innovations.

The goal is to develop new ways to efficiently manufacture wood-based biochemical products and come up with ways to develop sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based products. It essentially opens up a new value-added market for forest products within the biochemical products supply chain.

The $23-million plant, which sits on the site of Resolute's pulp mill in Thunder Bay, was commissioned in 2019. It has the capacity to treat 100 tonnes of biomass each year.