Canadian joint venture CelluForce plans to open a plant to make tree-based bioplastic raw materials in Quebec early next year.
CelluForce is a partnership between paper producer Domtar Corp. of Montreal and FPInnovations, a forest research group in Pointe-Claire, Quebec. The plant will make nanocrystalline cellulose at a Domtar pulp and paper mill in Windsor, Quebec. The material can be used in bioplastics and other markets such as glass, paints or coatings.
Montreal-based Domtar “will bring its vast manufacturing experience to the table to produce a green nanomaterial that, like paper, comes from trees,” Domtar President and CEO John Williams said in a news release. “We will therefore develop new applications for our market pulp.”
The partnership was formed last year and CelluForce now employs 30.