August 2-9, 2004

Paprican reorganizes to meet new challenges

POINTE-CLAIRE, QUE-Paprican, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada, has undergone a significant reconfiguration of its operations in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, and Vancouver, BC. "The objective of the restructuring is to better position and strengthen Paprican's role in the industry's challenging environment," said Tembec president and CEO Frank Dottori, who also heads Paprican's board of directors. "A leaner and more focused, creative and entrepreneurial Paprican will be better positioned to address the environmental and economic issues facing our industry," he added. Paprican president Dr Joseph Wright emphasized that "Paprican has preserved the essence of its strategic research program, and maintains its critical core competencies absorbing the changes we have made." He noted that the organization's business units and special services will be available for contract work with new customers worldwide, while member companies will still have full support as well as input to the research program. In addition, "Paprican's unique liaison program will continue its excellent technology transfer to our customers. We believe we have found a healthy balance for our organization. This new structure will allow Paprican to focus aggressively on what we deliver nationally and internationally," Dr Wright stated. Founded in 1925, Paprican is a not-for-profit research and educational organization, operating research laboratories in Pointe-Claire and Vancouver as well as a Technology Transfer Centre in Prince George, BC. More information is available from Dr Joseph Wright, E-mail
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