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.
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.
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.
Stiftelsen STFI Skogindustrins Tekniska Forsknings