News - Domtar Inc., Windsor Mill

News - Domtar Inc., Windsor Mill

Domtar Inc., Windsor Mill

News - Domtar Inc., Windsor Mill

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Windsor, Québec: 155 Years of Pulp and Paper Manufacturing  (Company news)

If you’ve been to Windsor, Québec, then you’ve probably seen the Domtar paper mill (photo) that sits atop the hill. Our Windsor Mill has been a fixture in the town for 155 years, marking more than a century and a half of pulp and paper manufacturing as well as a longstanding partnership with the community of Windsor.

The mill was established in 1864; Canada didn’t become a unified country until 1867, making the mill three years older than the country in which it operates. But don’t let its extensive history of pulp and paper manufacturing fool you. Windsor Mill is anything but antiquated. It’s an ultra-modern facility boasting sustainable, high-tech forestry management techniques such as drones, precision tree-harvesting, cellulose nanocrystal innovation and a waste-free circular economy.

Pulp and Paper Manufacturing in Windsor
The original mill was built by Angus, Logan & Co. in 1864 and went through a few different owners before Dominion Tar — later known as Domtar — acquired the mill in 1961. In the 1980s, the mill underwent a large $1.2 billion expansion and renovation project, which resulted in a newly-constructed state-of-the-art mill for pulp and paper manufacturing. The old mill was eventually demolished.

Today, Windsor Mill produces bleached hardwood wet-lap market pulp and uncoated freesheet paper, and it manages 400,000 acres of forestland in the region surrounding the mill, all certified to Forest Stewardship Council®, Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and ISO 14001 standards. The majority of forests that Domtar sources from are controlled by outside parties, but in this case the mill actually owns the land. Only 15 percent of the wood the mill procures comes from private landowners.

Owning the land gives the site’s foresters greater control over how they manage it. In addition, the mill shares its forests with several fishing, hunting and hiking clubs and contributes to the economy by leasing property and trees for maple syrup production. The land also offers countless outdoor experiences for visitors from the surrounding towns and is open to all nature enthusiasts.

Windsor Mill: The Essence of Windsor, Québec
“The mill defines who the town is and gives it personality. People are very proud to work for the mill, and while I was mill manager there I knew of fourth- and even fifth-generation mill employees,” says Eric Ashby, Domtar project manager and past Windsor Mill manager.

“It is the only mill that has never changed ownership since it was built,” Ashby says, referring to the current mill built in the 1980s. “People are proud to be a part of the mill and proud that it is a part of the community. The mill is surrounded by a very strong sense of ownership.”

Sylvie Bureau, mayor of Windsor, added, “It is a pleasure to collaborate with Domtar. Domtar is a bonus for our community on the economic, environmental and community levels.”

The Windsor Mill supports more than 900 local pulp and paper manufacturing jobs. It has an estimated annual regional economic impact of $2 billion and is the largest employer in the town of Windsor. “We have a very good relationship and collaboration with all the municipality officials. It is important for us to share resources to the benefit of the community,” says Sylvain Bricault, Windsor Mill’s general manager.

Providence Cloutier, Domtar regional communications manager, was born and raised in Windsor. “With its 155-year history, it is hard to imagine what this town would be like if the mill never existed,” says Cloutier. “The mill is such a staple in the community and has been here for generations. Nobody knows what it was like to live here before the mill.”

“I remember growing up, we could see the Domtar chimney from my childhood home. Each morning before leaving for primary school we would look at the smoke coming out of the chimney to see if it was going to rain that day or not. It is an old tale that if the smoke blows to the left, then it will be a rainy day. I know it isn’t scientific, but as kids, we thought it to be the absolute truth. That is just one small, but fun, example of how the mill is ingrained into everyday life in the community.”
(Domtar Inc.)

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Domtar & CelluForce: Innovating with Cellulose Nanocrystals  (Company news)

Concerns over the long-term effects of plastics in our environment have led to stronger calls for biobased, renewable materials. One such material is nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), also known as cellulose nanocrystals (CNC). These tiny crystals are extracted from wood and processed into a powder or liquid suspension, which can be used to add strength, enhance lubrication and improve impermeability in everyday products.

Our 170-year history of refining biomass puts us in a unique position to be a leader in the shift from a fossil-fuel-based economy to one that is biobased, relying on the most renewable fossil fuel alternative on the planet — trees.

Advanced Fibers and Cellulose Nanocrystals
Our research in biomaterials science includes advanced fibers, cellulosic sugars, thermochemical fuels, Biochoice® lignin and extractives. Each of these platforms uses natural components from trees to develop innovative, biobased products and applications.

An important part of our work in advanced fibers happens through our ownership in CelluForce®, a Montreal-based company that manufactures cellulose nanocrystals from the cellulose found in trees. CelluForce operates the world’s largest cellulose nanocrystal plant at Domtar’s Windsor Mill, producing 300 tons per year.

With cellulose being the most abundant organic compound on earth, as well as renewable and biodegradable, the potential applications for cellulose nanocrystals are vast and environmentally sustainable.

“Our involvement in CelluForce plays into Domtar’s mission of creating high-value products from every part of our supply chain,” says Mark DeAndrea, Domtar’s vice president of BioMaterials and CelluForce board member. “We are excited about the future of CelluForce and the potential role cellulose nanocrystals will play in everyday products.”

Domtar and CelluForce
CelluForce produces CelluForce NCC®, a family of cellulose nanocrystal products. These products have specific properties to enhance the performance of industrial and commercial products:
-Strengthening — CNC can be added to products like tires or latex gloves to strengthen them.
-Blocking — CNC can be added as a layer in packaging films to improve food protection.
-Lubricating — CNC can be used in lubricants to reduce wear in machinery and other moving parts.
-Suspending — CNC can be added to products such as paint or cement to prevent particles from settling.

CelluForce NCC is currently used in FogKicker®, a high-performance anti-fog solution for mirrors, dive masks, goggles and visors. A single clear coating prevents fog from forming, is water-resistant and doesn’t irritate. CelluForce NCC is also used by Schlumberger in deep-ocean oil-drilling fluids to prevent sand from contaminating the oil and to lower the environmental footprint of the end product.

“There are a lot of opportunities to use CelluForce NCC in everyday products, especially with the increasing pressure to find greener alternatives to petroleum-based products, such as traditional plastics,” says Sebastien Corbeil, CelluForce CEO. “CelluForce is well-positioned to provide part of the solution to help the move toward a circular economy. The interest in CNC is growing everyday as product manufacturers try to improve performance while lowering their environmental footprint. The uses are broad, providing us with a large playing field and a good potential for growth.”

Mark DeAndrea adds, “I am personally surprised how quickly biomaterials are gaining traction in our industry. The market pull, combined with our development efforts, partner companies, governments and universities, has enabled our portfolio to grow to more than 20 significant opportunities, with several being commercialized as we speak. We’ve been looking at macro trends — such as moves to ban plastic or increase the use of biodegradable, carbon-neutral, renewable fuel sources and materials — to identify pain points within existing industries and determine where we can provide a solution and, more importantly, have a competitive advantage.”
(Domtar Inc.)

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Domtar Inaugurates Its Second Generating Unit at Windsor Mill  (Company news)

Domtar is proud to inaugurate its second generating unit with a power output of 18 MW at its Windsor (Quebec) Mill (photo).

The start-up of its second generating unit, built for $36 million, will improve the energy efficiency of the mill produced from renewable resources while reducing production costs.

In 2001, the Domtar Windsor Mill inaugurated its first 32 MW generating unit. "With the addition of its second generating unit, the Windsor Mill will become one of the major producers of renewable energy in the Eastern Townships. Our total production capacity will reach nearly 50 MW and will allow us to feed the equivalent of the annual energy consumption of 12,800 single-family dwellings. By using forest biomass as a fuel to produce green energy, Domtar demonstrates its commitment to innovation and sustainable development," declared Éric Ashby, General Manager of Domtar's Windsor Mill.

This project, spanning more than a year, is part of the company's sustainable vision and will contribute to the development of the forestry sector and the management of forests in the Eastern Townships.
(Domtar Inc.)

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PulpEye hoists the flag in Canada higher  (Company news)

During the fall PulpEye has received new orders for two PulpEye analyzers from two Canadian mills, Domtar Windsor, QC, and Port Hawkesbury Paper, NS.

Domtar Windsor in Quebec has two paper machines with a total production capacity of about 640,000 tonnes of uncoated papers like high brightness, opaques, offset, multi-purpose digital papers, copy paper, laser forms bond and envelope papers. The mill has one pulp line with a capacity of about 440,000 tonnes. The PulpEye for Domtar Windsor is up and running and equipped with modules measuring fibre, shives and SR as well as with the CrillEye module.

Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia is an integrated mechanical pulp and paper mill producing high gloss papers. The TMP pulp production is done by three refiner lines each having three stages of refining. The PulpEye being installed is configured with modules for measurements of freeness, fibre and shives. It is also the first mill in North America to install the RefinerEye module, a clever way of taking high concentration pulp samples directly from the blow line after refiners.

“Needless to say we are very pleased to have landed these orders in Canada,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye AB. “It is our second breakthrough in Canada and for new application areas. Without mentioning any details about these installations I can say that these customers are really showing innovative thinking and we look forward to a continued good cooperation.”
(PulpEye AB)

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Domtar wins two Pulp and Paper International Awards  (Company news)

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) accepted the Environmental Strategy of the Year Award and the Innovative Printing and Writing Campaign of the Year Award at the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Awards 2014 held on October 8 in Boston, Massachusetts. The PPI Awards are held each year to recognize the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

For the Environmental Strategy of the Year, Domtar's Windsor Mill was chosen for its steadfast dedication to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, energy use and waste, as well as championing the use of raw materials sourced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified sources.

"This award recognizes that we are leaving a legacy of sustainable development and caring in our community. Caring is one of Domtar's core values, and that means being a responsible corporate citizen," said Eric Ashby, Domtar's Windsor General Manager.

The Innovative Printing & Writing Campaign of the Year recognized Domtar's Paper Fun Truck initiative. This whimsically decorated truck visited schools, businesses, retirement communities and even a Los Angeles area beach to show how paper remains fun and valuable. The Paper Fun Truck is part of Domtar's PAPERbecause campaign, which uses humor and facts to debunk myths about the paperless society.

"Paper is an important part of our daily lives, both professionally and personally. We are pleased that Domtar has had success in telling compelling stories about the products we make, which has impacted our entire industry," said Paige Goff, Domtar's Vice-President of sustainability and business communications.
(Domtar Inc.)

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