Canadian Manufacturing

Canadian owned pulp, paper mill in France officially goes green

Tembec strives for energy self-sufficiency at its Tartas mill in southern France


MONTREAL—A Quebec firm says a new steam turbine is up and running at its Tartas mill in France.

Montreal-based Tembec, a manufacturer of forest products like lumber, pulp, paper and speciality cellulose, says it has officially inaugurated the $21-million turbine, which has been operational since June 2012.

According to the company, the new turbine, driven by a biomass boiler, will increase the Tartas mill’s production of green electricity and improve its energy self-sufficiency.

It says surplus energy will be sold to the local power utility provider.

High-purity specialty cellulose manufactured by the Tartas mill is in high demand by industries like cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, personal care, food and construction, and is used as a binder, texturizer, splatter-control agent and strengthening agent.

“Tembec is a world leader in specialty cellulose production and we intend to remain a preferred supplier to sophisticated, demanding customers everywhere on the planet,” Tembec president and CEO James Lopez said in a statement.

According to Lopex, his firm has invested more than $127-million in the Tartas mill in 10 years.

Tembec employes about 4,000 globally, principally located in Canada and France.