Sappi Dissolving Pulp has partnered with Birla Cellulose, one of the leading viscose manufacturers in the textile value chain, to provide a forest-to-garment traceability solution for brand owners. Through this collaborative partnership, Sappi Verve - the world market leader in dissolving pulp - continues to strengthen its sustainability credentials within the textile industry. Providing a brand-owner traceability solution has been made possible with the use of Birla’s pioneering ‘Green Track’ blockchain technology, coupled with Sappi’s comprehensive database on wood origin for its dissolving pulp operations in South Africa and the USA. According to Krelyne Andrew, Sustainability General Manager for Sappi Verve, Sappi is “committed to delivering practical innovations, building trust and creating shared value in our supply chain - working closely with our partners to promote and shape the sustainability of the Man-Made Cellulosic Fibre (MMCF) sector towards a net positive vision.”
Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) today announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, and many dignitaries and company employees.
“The significant investments at Saint-Félicien are expected to improve several areas of the operation, increasing the average daily production capacity by 76 metric tons and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels by 20%,” said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.
On April 30, 2018, Resolute announced a $13 million investment in its La Doré (Quebec) wood products facilities, also located in Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2016, the company inaugurated Toundra Greenhouse, located adjacent to the Saint-Félicien pulp mill, a $100 million joint venture project with local investors.
During today’s press conference, Yves Laflamme thanked local employees, government officials, as well as regional academic and economic development organizations for their continued support and advocacy.
Resolute employs close to 240 workers at the pulp mill, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.
The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.