Tembec announced today a four-year $136 million capital investment program in its Québec facilities to improve competitiveness, centered on its specialty cellulose pulp operation at the Temiscaming manufacturing site. Tembec is a leading global producer of specialty cellulose – processed from wood pulp – used to bind, strengthen, thicken and generally improve a great many products in the pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, foods, coatings, electronics, construction and energy industries. Some sectors of the specialty cellulose market are experiencing annual growth in the 4% range. The proposed investments will cover a number of upgrades at the Temiscaming site, including the long-planned replacement of 11 existing pulp digesters, a project required for the site to remain competitive in global markets. Work is already underway, with one digester replaced to date. Some of the new investment also will go toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as part of Tembec’s long-term commitment to reducing its impact on climate change. The Temiscaming site’s high-yield pulp and coated bleached board manufacturing facilities will also benefit from new investments as will the Matane high-yield pulp facility. click Read More below for additional detail
Ahlstrom-Munksjö announces the launch of TrustShield™, a versatile portfolio of medical fabrics that can be used to provide protection against surgical lasers, chemicals and potent chemotherapy drugs.
TrustShield™ products were specially designed around growing market trends. The evolution of laser technology in a surgical environment has significantly advanced as their usage has become widespread for numerous specialties. Although there are many benefits to using lasers for surgical procedures, there are also risks. Operating room fires can occur if the laser comes in contact with combustible objects. Lasers not only can cause fires but they can cause thermal burns if they have skin contact.
“Most surgical gowns and drapes on the market offer some protection from skin exposure to laser beams but most of them tend to be flammable, that’s why we made TrustShield™ Laser. TrustShield™ Laser was specifically designed as a laser resistant medical fabric that can be used for the construction of surgical gowns or drapes. Having a surgical drape and gown that has protection against viruses, bacteria and fluids as well as being laser resistant, is a must in order to keep patients and health care workers safe”, says Jason Beard, product platform leader, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.
A high level of protection is not only critical in a surgical environment but in other health care settings where harsh chemotherapy drugs are being administered. Handling and administering chemotherapy drugs pose a health hazard as most of these drugs are considered hazardous if the health care worker is exposed. TrustShield™ Chemo was developed to prevent any permeation by providing a barrier against the strongest chemotherapy drugs on the market.
For those high risk, fluid intense surgeries, TrustShield™ Absorbent fabric is the solution for the ultimate protection and fluid management. It is highly absorbent and maintains its strength and uniformity even when wet.
TrustShield™ offers a comprehensive product portfolio that meets stringent industry standards to ensure the utmost protection against several potential health risks. TrustShield™ medical fabrics provide impervious (AAMI level 4) viral protection, have low lint, are durable for easier converting and resist punctures and tears.
“Our priority in the medical business unit is to deliver high performance medical fabrics that fully protect health care workers and patients globally. TrustShield™ is an example of how we continue to strengthen and enhance our medical product portfolio” commented Lionel Bonte, Vice President, Medical, Ahlstrom-Munksjö.