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FITNIR Analyzers partners with FPInnovations for rapid measurement, technology transfer of pulp properties

Tue, Nov 13, 2012
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RICHMOND, BC , Nov. 13, 2012 (Press Release) -FITNIR Analyzers Inc. is pleased to announce its recently signed strategic research agreement with FPInnovations. The partners will jointly develop new measurement technologies, for both online and offline systems, focusing on the advantages of spectroscopy solutions.

"Strategically, we are very excited about our joint development agreement with FPInnovations," said Thanh Trung, VP Technology. "Combining FITNIR's technical capability in spectroscopy with FPInnovations highly qualified researchers and technical team will allow for expedited development, technology transfer to FPInnovations' member companies, and eventual commercialization of innovative products."

Today, the marketplace is lacking instrumentation that can provide rapid measurement of the physical and mechanical properties of pulp. The initial joint development projects will be based on the success of a benchtop Near Infrared (NIR) device for the measurement of pulp properties, including oven-dry content and physical and mechanical properties of High Yield Pulp (HYP). With the capability to provide critical HYP properties within minutes, pulp mills will have the ability to segregate their product by quality - a game changer for pulp producers in a competitive market that will drive focus quality assurance and customer satisfaction, all the while addressing value-chain optimization by reducing chemical and transportation costs.

"Strategic research alliances are a growing aspect of FPInnovations' business model," said Hervé Deschênes, Vice-president of Business Development, FPInnovations. "We are confident that our association with FITNIR will deliver significant benefits to our member companies in the short term, and lead to the successful commercialization of ground-breaking instrumentation for pulp producers."

ABOUT FPINNOVATIONS

FPInnovations is a world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industrial and government members and partners. It is ideally positioned to perform research, innovate and deliver state of the art solutions for every area of the Forest Sector's value chain, from forestry operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations' staff numbers more than 500. Its research laboratories are located in Québec City, Montréal and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.

ABOUT FITNIR ANALYZERS INC.

FITNIR Analyzers Inc. is the exclusive distributor of FPInnovations' optically-based liquor analyzer. FITNIR's fully automated online and bench top systems enable fast and accurate measurement of a complete suite of liquor properties for process control. Proven and new innovations for digester, recausticizer, bleaching and recovery boiler applications, FITNIR advances pulp mill performance, efficiency and product quality.

Visit http://www.fitnir.com to learn more about FITNIR Analyzers Inc.

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