FPInnovations' Value-added Wood Products Research Program covers all
aspects of the supply chain from the resource through manufacturing
to market access. More specifically, these areas are:
- Value-added Product Development to develop/improve/evaluate
product designs (structural and appearance) matching customer
needs with wood attributes, to develop products from wood residues,
and to develop/enhance wood-based composite products.
- Wood Species Assessment to identify opportunities to
extract higher value products from the available Canadian timber
resource, based on the attributes of each species.
- Optimisation of Manufacturing Processes, to develop new/improved
processes to manufacture value-added wood products.
- Studies on Market Access and Potential, to investigate
the competitive advantage of value-added wood products manufactured
in Canada, and to facilitate their international acceptance.
- Program for Northern Ontario value-added wood sector
In recent years, FPInnovations has also increased its efforts to meet
the specific needs of the hardwood industry towards value-added
production, notably through the creation, in 2001, of the "Hardwood
Product Manufacturing Group".
For our members, the 2008-2009 Value-added Program Summary and a description of its current
research projects is available. A list of relevant publications is offered within
our sections Newsletter
(Publications Update) and Technotes.
Based on knowledge and technology developed through this Program
as well as through the Value
to Wood Program funded by natural Resources Canada, Forintek's
value-added specialists are able to offer hands-on technology transfer
in-plant problem solving (emphasis on productivity improvement),
and technical support on raw material characteristics, tooling,
manufacturing technology and process as well as product performance
standards. This technical support is also offered through specific
provincial initiatives in British
Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Québec. For specific
needs, we also offer contract
services with strict confidentiality guidelines.
Of special interest is the Technology
Road Map for Lumber and Value-added Products completed in 2000.
This document presents the current technologies as well as those
which need to be developed, in the short to medium terms, to sustain
the industry's competitiveness.