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Resolute among top 100 leading R&D spenders in Canada


November 28, 2019
By Resolute Forest Products
The Toundra Greenhouse in Saint-Félicien, Que., was commissioned in December 2016.

Resolute has been ranked one of Canada’s top 100 corporate R&D spenders in 2019, marking the ninth year in a row the company has made this prestigious list.

The Top 100 ranking was announced on November 18 by Research Infosource Inc., which annually profiles organizations committed to enhancing Canada’s global competitiveness in the knowledge economy.

What Resolute innovations are contributing to this new economy? In May, for example, the company inaugurated a bio-refinery plant at its Thunder Bay, Ont., pulp and paper mill to provide new pathways to the large-scale production of bio-chemicals derived from wood. In collaboration with partner FPInnovations, the project will help to develop eco-friendly and cost-effective alternatives to petroleum-based products for use in the construction, automotive, mining, oil and other sectors.

Another Resolute innovation is the joint venture with Mercer International, Performance BioFilaments, to develop commercial applications for cellulose filaments, a new source of biomaterial made of wood fibre.

Additionally, Toundra Greenhouse is an innovative cucumber-growing complex in which Resolute owns a 49 per cent joint-venture interest. Located on land adjacent to the company’s Saint-Félicien, Que., pulp mill, the greenhouse employs 100 workers and has an annual production capacity of over 45 million Lebanese and English cucumbers.