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Pulp and paper research organization restructures operations

Pointe-Claire, QC – Aug 9, 2004 – Paprican, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada, has undergone a significant reconfiguration of its operations in Pointe-Claire, QC, and Vancouver, BC.<br>
“The objective of the restructuring is to better position and strengthen Paprican’s role in the industry’s challenging environment, says Frank A Dottori, president and CEO of Tembec, and chairman of Paprican’s board of directors. “A leaner and more focused, creative and entrepreneurial Paprican will be better positioned to address the environmental and economic issues facing our industry.” Although reductions in staff were implemented, he says Paprican remains a powerful research organization with over 265 employees.<br>
“Paprican has preserved the essence of its strategic research program, and maintains its critical core competencies absorbing the changes we have made,” says Dr Joseph Wright, Paprican’s president. “Business units and special services will be available for contract work on a global basis with new customers. Member companies will continue to enjoy full support, and have input to the research program. Paprican’s unique liaison program will continue its excellent technology transfer to our customers. We believe we have found a healthy balance for our organization. This new structure will allow Paprican to focus aggressively on what we deliver nationally and internationally.”<br>
Paprican, the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada is a not-for- profit research and educational organization, fwas ounded in 1925. It operates research laboratories in Pointe-Claire QC, and Vancouver, BC, as well as a Technology Transfer Centre in Prince George, BC.<br>