In June 2014, Mercer launched a joint venture in partnership with Resolute Forest Products, Performance BioFilaments Inc. The new company is focused on the development of commercial applications for cellulose filaments, one of the world's most exciting new biomaterials. Derived from wood fiber, a renewable and natural resource, cellulose filaments optimize the strength, stability, flexibility and longevity of a variety of materials including composites, coatings and consumer products. The process uses innovative technology licensed from FPInnovations Inc., one of the world's leading forest products research organizations. The cellulose filaments' exceptional strength and high aspect ratio (length to width ratio) make it a unique cellulose-based biomaterial.
Performance BioFilaments is seeking joint development partners from a range of industries, from automotive and manufacturing, to construction and high-end consumer products, to develop new commercial product applications for cellulose filaments. For more information, please visit www.performancebiofilaments.com
With Mercer's acquisition of West Australian based sandalwood producer, Santanol, Mercer has begun producing and supplying ethical, sustainable and reliable Australian grown Indian sandalwood Santalum album oil and products. Santanol is an Australian based vertically integrated grower and producer of Indian sandalwood oil, which owns extensive land, sustainable timber plantations, modern harvesting and primary timber processing facilities in Kununurra and an efficient oil distillation / refinery facility in Perth. Sandalwood is prized for its use in health and beauty products, along with a wide range of alternative medicines, with these products having been highly sought after for centuries.