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Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing of Pulp and Paper Products

Goal: Develop six detailed, shared-vision roadmaps for research and development of breakthrough technologies for sustainable manufacturing of pulp and paper products and advanced bio-based materials.

Lead: Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance
1101 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20005

Award Number: 70NANB14H040

Federal Funding: $482,078

Project Duration: 21 months

The Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance, an industry-led consortium that promotes development of advanced technologies for the pulp and paper industry, and its partners will engage this diverse industry in identifying opportunities for developing and implementing advanced manufacturing technologies that will improve global competitiveness. The process will yield six detailed actionable roadmaps that define paths for research and follow-on steps for implementation. Europe, Canada, and the United States have completed several recent assessments of the industry's technology needs, but the outputs were more akin to atlases rather than true roadmaps with priorities and guidance for research and development. While specific topics for the six roadmaps will be determined through the alliance's engagement and outreach efforts, two broad categories of technological need and opportunity—sustainable manufacturing and advanced biogenic materials—will provide an overarching focus.

U.S. pulp and paper manufacturers generate annual sales of $115 billion and employ 400,000 people, mostly in rural areas. The industry has needs for new transformational manufacturing technologies to accomplish key performance-improvement objectives, including reducing energy demand, conserving water, increasing recycling and recovery of waste products, and developing wood-derived green chemicals, feedstocks, and biofuels. Development of technologies required to accomplish these objectives must begin soon so that it can be aligned with the industry's long investment cycles.

For project information: G. Ronald Brown, (202) 463-2742, ron_brown@agenda2020.org

Funded Participants:

  • Energetics, Inc. (Columbia, MD)
  • KMB Consulting, Inc. (Anderson, SC)

AMTech Project Manager: Jean-Louis Staudenmann, (301) 975-4866, jean-louis.staudenmann@nist.gov