FPInnovations and Auburn University (Alabama Center for Paper and Bioresource Engineering) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to introduce and implement FPInnovations’ Near-Neutral Brightening (NNB) technology and other technical services to the forest products industry in Alabama and the U.S. Southeast.
The five-year agreement, signed during the 2016 TAPPI PEERS conference in Jacksonville, Florida, initially aims to bring NNB technology to AC-PABE’s member mills in Alabama, while facilitating the transfer of FPInnovations’ technical services to Alabama and neighboring states.
“We are proud to be partnering with Auburn University and the AC-PABE. This MOU is an important milestone in FPInnovations’ strategy to showcase our globally-renowned expertise and provide services to U.S. mills,” Pierre Lapointe, president and CEO of FPInnovations remarked.
FPInnovations will also sponsor a post-doctoral student at Auburn University to conduct further research on NNB technology to build technical support capabilities.
“Together we will implement innovative technologies that will be of benefit to Alabama, FPInnovations and the SouthEastern United States,” Mr Lapointe added.