May 3, 2004

Honeywell to apply TPC funds to more efficient pulp and paper processes

The Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) program is investing $8.7 million to help develop more efficient and environmentally friendly pulp and paper manufacturing technologies. The investment is part of a $29-million research and development project being undertaken by Honeywell ASCa to produce technologies which will reduce both environmental impacts and production costs for the pulp and paper industry.

Honeywell ASCa is conducting research, development and refinement of technologies to help reduce the amount of materials, such as for example tree fibre and water, required in the production of pulp and paper. These technologies will allow pulp and paper mills to convert trees more efficiently to pulp and, in turn, more efficiently convert pulp to paper.

More efficient materials transformation will make the conversion processes more energy-efficient, emitting lower levels greenhouse gases and ultimately contribute to the sustainable development of Canada's forestry sector. Research and development will also be undertaken to determine if non-paper flat-sheet industries could realize efficiency, cost and environmental benefits from the application of these technologies.

Honeywell ASCa's automation and control systems business is based at its Vancouver Centre of Excellence (CoE). The Vancouver CoE is a major supplier of control systems for the pulp and paper industry.

"Honeywell has a long and successful record in developing innovative technologies to assist the pulp and paper industry," noted Gary Burma, director of the Honeywell Vancouver Development Centre. "This investment helps fund key programs to develop leading-edge technologies in Vancouver that will serve our customers well."

"Developing technologies that will make the pulp and paper industry more efficient, and therefore more environmentally friendly, is crucial," said federal Environment Minister David Anderson. "This will have a major economic and environmental impact for British Columbia, and for Canada as a whole."

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