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Fibre variability of European spruce and wood assortments for improved TMP production

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-01520
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-02-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 2,315,000 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,090,510 EUR
Scientific Officer: Ignacio SEOANE
Research topic: 5.3.2. Strategies for the sustainable and multipurpose utilisation of forest resources; the forestry-wood chain

Abstract:
The objective is to increase the competitiveness of the European pulp and paper industry (better and more uniform product quality, more cost-efficient production) through a more rational utilisation of European forest resources. Production of newsprint and LWC paper from Norway spruce will be focused on, but the results and methodology may be transferred also to other products and wood species. Wood and fibre properties of Norway spruce will be measured on wood samples from many European regions. Models for prediction of properties will be developed. Pulp will be produced at laboratory and pilot-plant scale, to study the potential of wood with different origins as the raw material for different products. New and better industrial wood raw material assortments will be defined and tested through full-scale trials in mills in different regions. The results will also be applied by a European supplier of process equipment.

Objectives:
The general objectives are improved paper quality and production efficiency through a more selective utilisation of the European wood resources, focusing on Norway spruce and virgin pulp fibres for products based on mechanical pulp.

The specific objectives are:

- New data on the variability within and between European regions of wood and fibre properties of importance for pulp and paper production, especially for the production of TMP (thermo mechanical pulp) for newsprint and LWC paper.
- New models for the prediction of these properties within and between trees and stands.
- New knowledge on the production of TMP from different wood raw material resources, based on refining wood samples with well-defined properties in the laboratory, pilot-plant trials on selected logs and full-scale tests in mills.
- New industrial wood raw material assortments, with increased potentials for product quality and uniformity and overall production efficiency, considering fibre properties in trees, processability, availability and costs in different regions of Europe.
- Formation of a basis for future development of market-driven allocation of forest resources to the most suitable mill and product, in relation to the benefits and costs.


Coordinator
Sven-Olof LUNDQVIST
Stiftelsen STFI Skogindustrins Tekniska Forsknings
Stockholm
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 86767151
Fax: +46 84115518
E-mail: svenolof.lundqvist@stfi.se


Partners
  Martin HERKEL
ANDRITZ
Vienna
AUSTRIA
Tel.: +43 1 811956287
Fax: +43 1 8155358
E-mail: herkel@vie.andritz.com
  Jean-Claude CLEUET
Stora Enso Corbehem
Corbehem
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 3 27923253
Fax: +33 3 27918278
E-mail: jeanclaude.cleuet@storaenso.com
  Lars WILHELMSSON
SkogForsk, Uppsala Science Park
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18 188555
Fax: +46 18 188600
E-mail: lars.wilhelmsson@skogforsk.se
  Göran DAHLQVIST
Norske Skogsindustrier ASA
Halden
NORWAY
Tel.: +47 69 174133
Fax: +47 69 174144
E-mail: goeran.dahlqvist@norske-skog.com
  Rémi RONEZ
Norske Skog Golbey
Golbey
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 3 29686868
Fax: +33 3 29686866
E-mail: remi.ronez@norske-skog.com
  Andreas BOO
Holmen Paper
Norrköping
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 11 236432
Fax: +46 11 236210
E-mail: andreas.boo@holmenpaper.com
  Guillaume CHANTRE
AFOCEL
Nangis
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 60670253
Fax: +33 1 60670256
E-mail: chantre@afocel.fr
  Lorna MAIR
Iggesund Paperboard
Workington Cumbria
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1900 600311
Fax: +44 1900 604462
E-mail: lorna.mair@iggesundpaperboard.com