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EuroFiber - Summary of results

Large efforts have been devoted to compilation and dissemination of the project results to different target groups through various information activities. 5EuroFiber - Fiber variability of European spruce and wood assortments for improved TMP production.)
During the first three years, most of the results of the EuroFiber project were available only for the consortium companies. A series of project internal workshops were arranged to communicate results and to motivate persons entering the project well before new project phases were started.

During the last year of the project, a phase of wider dissemination of results was started. The results of the project have been and will be exploited and disseminated in different ways: some will be made publicly available, some will be exploited by the partners. A large part of the results of the research institute partners have been published through reports, presentations at conferences, articles, etc. The general findings of the industry partners, the mills and the supplier, will also be presented. STFI, Skogforsk and AFOCEL have all efficient channels to disseminate the project results to their financing companies. A large part of the European pulp and paper companies and many mills in different European countries are included. The industrial partners have also access to a number of efficient internal and external channels, through which the results of the project may be transformed into applications to improve the competitiveness of the European industry.

During the project, many meetings and presentations have been arranged, where results have been disseminated between the partners and in the next step through the internal information channels of each company. The internal project workshops arranged every year have played an important role in this. At these workshops, a wider group of people engaged in production, research and development within the participating companies had the opportunity to take part.

The project results are also disseminated within the companies to other mills and to their suppliers of wood and fiber raw materials. The participating mills and their companies have already during the project started to interpret how they best can benefit from the results of the project for improved competitiveness. They have also started to test applications of the project ideas in full-scale trials. Some applications of the project results are already prepared. The mills and companies are not expected to disclose details of importance for their competitiveness, but they will report on the general benefits achieved and industrially verify the project results, and have in fact already done that. They will disseminate the detailed results within their companies, for rapid application of successful solutions. The participating process supplier will use the project results to improve its process equipment and to better relate equipment and process conditions with current wood raw material properties. These improvements will be supplied to the mills on commercial terms and will improve the market position of the supplier and improve the product quality and production efficiency of its customers.

The first public presentations of the results were made at a full day seminar in May 2003, with 55 participants from many countries. Results were presented by the project partners from characterization and modelling of wood and fiber properties, laboratory refining, pilot plant refining and the four mill trials. The comprehensive documentation from the Seminar is available on the internet and in the CD-ROM report. The documentation includes presentation materials covering the project as a whole as well as all its parts, which makes possible further dissemination of selected results within companies, institutes, universities, etc.

The wider international public has been addressed through the arrangement of a special session on the EuroFiber project at the "International Mechanical Pulping Conference 2003" (IMPC) in Quebec, Canada, June 1-6. At the conference, four papers were presented, which are publicly available through the conference proceedings. Efforts are made for scientific publication.

In different workpackages, data and models of large importance for future research, development and applications have been developed. These data and models are owned by the responsible partners of the relevant workpackages, but shared between the partners via a common project database. The database will be made publicly available in 2005, when the partners have had the opportunity to finalize their own activities based on these assets. The ambition is that these data and models will form a basis for continued cooperation between the partners, also involving other research groups and companies.

More reports, articles and presentations are expected to emanate from the project results.

The published results may be used “as is” for better data and knowledge about wood and fiber properties and their variations in available forest resources, better allocation of different wood raw material resources in relation to product and process demands as well as optimisation of the production.

Some examples of potential further application include:
- The results may be used for research on growth and properties of trees and stands in relation to growth conditions, etc., and not only for production of mechanical pulp, but also for other pulp and paper products as well as for other products based on fibers or solid wood.

- The methodology applied in the project may also be used to widen the application to other products, wood species and regions/countries.

- Variations in wood and fiber properties of available forest resources may be characterized (wood species, regions, stands, trees).

- The procedures used may also be applied on other wood species in other regions and for other purposes.

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