MASSON-ANGERS, Que.—The federal and provincial government are investing $12.5 million in a wood fibre technology project outside Gatineau, Que.
The first project of its kind in North America, White Birch Paper’s Papier Masson mill will use the funds to introduce a new process to produce densified wood fibre that uses 15 per cent less energy than conventional methods.
Sustainable wood fibre is later used to manufacture wood-plastic composites, replacing non-renewable polymers in products such as car door panels.
The federal government is contributing $10 million to the project through Natural Resources Canada, while Quebec is investing $2.5 million. Ottawa and Quebec City said the investments would lead to job creation at the mill, but did not release specific numbers.
The Papier Masson mill is expected to produce 40 tonnes of wood fibre per day.