Green energy game-changer
Tembec’s new $273 million green electricity facility at Temiscaming – the largest project in our industry in 15 years – is now generating power and a 25-year supply contract with Hydro-Québec is now in effect.
The centerpiece is an electrical turbine, driven by steam from a boiler using as fuel residuals of specialty cellulose manufacturing. It gives the site a generating capacity of 50 megawatts. Efficiencies related to the new boiler will also improve manufacturing productivity and reduce costs. A new scrubber and environmental control equipment will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 70%. All this will ensure the site’s future as a low-cost manufacturing operation. Visit Tembec's Specialty cellulose website for more on this project.
Specialty cellulose – what the world is made of
Refined from wood pulp, Tembec’s specialty cellulose has almost infinite applications including:
- Texturizer – it makes dairy products such as chocolate gelato creamier.
- Thickening agent – it makes cosmetic creams smoother and more luxurious.
- Splatter control – it makes paint, mortar and plaster easier to use.
- Strengthening agent – it can make eyeglass frames stronger.
- Binder – it is essential in the production of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
It’s also a component of the liquid crystal displays on computer screens. And it can heighten the glossiness of inks, lacquers, nail polishes and varnishes.
Our specialty cellulose expertise makes us a reliable partner for our blue-chip customers in multi-billion dollar markets – such as personal care and coatings – that are growing in the range of 4% to 5% a year.
In three of our main business lines – cellulose ethers, nitrocellulose and microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) – we are the world’s leading producer.
While the great bulk of our production is in high purity specialty cellulose, we also produce commodity dissolving pulp, used for viscose.
All our specialty cellulose products are available as Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified, your assurance they are made with fiber from responsible sources.
All specialty cellulose products made at our Tartas, France, operation are PEFC certified.
Custom manufacturing to customer specifications
Our products have a high degree of purity – essential with food and pharmaceuticals – and brightness. And we manufacture to exacting customer specifications.
We have a high degree of control over viscosity, and complete flexibility in meeting customer requirements, because we source our ‘fiber baskets’ from diverse wood species, ranging from the maritime pine of Southwest France to the boreal forest of Canada.
At our R&D Centre in Gradignan near Bordeaux, France, we’re turning innovative ideas into customer success stories. Our scientists, engineers and technicians collaborate closely with our customers on developing new applications and higher grades.
Product characteristics and applications
|Products||Business lines||Market segments||Applications|
Tembec manufactures specialty cellulose, in rolls and bales, at two facilities:
|Cellulose for cellulose ethers||Pharmaceuticals||Film coating for pills|
|Food||Texturizer and stabilizer|
|Personal care||Thickening agent|
|Construction||Splatter control agents in paints, adhesives, mortar and plaster|
|Oil drilling||Thinning agents in drilling mud|
|Cellulose for cellulose acetate||Textiles||Fibers and threads for quality fabrics|
|Electronics||Optical film for LCD technology|
|Consumer products||Fibers for filtration media|
|Cellulose for nitrocellulose||Cosmetics||Nail polish|
|Paint||Quick drying lacquers and varnishes|
|Specialty||Inks and coatings|
|Cellulose for microcrystalline cellulose (MCC)||Pharmaceuticals||Binder|
Operations, capacity and certifications
|Facility||Production capacity (annual)||Cellulose ethers||Cellulose acetate||Nitrocellulose||Microcrystalline cellulose||Product certification|
|Temiscaming, Québec, Canada||160,000 metric tons||•||•||•||•||Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certified Chain of Custody|
|Tartas, France||150,000 metric tons||•||•||
Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certified Chain of Custody
PEFC Certified Chain of Custody
PEFC is the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification
Quebec supports Tembec’s modernization project in Temiscaming – June 28, 2013
Official announcement of a major investment at the Specialty Cellulose plant in Temiscaming, Quebec – March 16, 2012
For more information
Visit Tembec's Specialty cellulose website.
Consult our brochure in virtual paper
Q&A with our CEO
Specialty cellulose sales, Canada
Telephone: 416 775-2856
Telephone: 416 775-2800
Toll-free: 1 888 883-6232
Fax: 416 621-3119
405 The West Mall, Suite 800
Specialty cellulose sales, France
Telephone: +33 5 58 90 91 64
Fax: +33 5 58 90 91 59
20 avenue de la gare
40 100 Dax France