Nonwood Track

October 27 - 30, 2019 | St. Louis, Missouri

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Nonwood Track

This track is organized by the Nonwood Fibers Committee

The Nonwood Fibers Committee focuses on the study, development, and utilization of all nonwood plant fibers such as bagasse, cereal straws, rice straw, flax straws, cotton linters, bamboo, reeds, esparto grass, sabai grass and other grasses, bast fibers such as kenaf, jute, and crotalaria (Sunn-Hemp), and leaf fibers such as abaca, henequen, and sisal.

The Nonwood Fiber Committee meeting will be held on:
Sunday, October 27th from 4:00pm - 5:00pm.

Attendees are invited to participate in any of the Committee Meetings at PEERS
to learn more about their activities and how to get involved.


The purpose of the Nowoood track at the PEERS 2019 conference is to disseminate new developments in the production of nonwoood pulp, present information on means of optimizing the process, and address operational issues.

Why Should You Attend/Learning Outcomes?

You will:

1. Discover the economics, technologies and products in the nonwood sector

2. Understand the latest developments in bleaching of nonwood pulp

3. Learn about a new, low-chemical pulping process

4. Gain insight into the challenges of starting a pilot plant and pulp mill including designing systems to procure, manage and track raw materials, scaling a complex mill from a small R&D facility, working with customers on pulp properties and commercial acceptance, and training operators to safely and efficiently start up, operate and maintain a first-of-its-kind facility.

Who Should Attend?


 Monday, Oct 28 • 3:30-5:00pm

"Pulping and TCF Bleaching of Canadian Seed Flax Straw"
Presenter: Robert (Bob) Hurter, HurterConsult, Inc.

The Canadian Prairies grow a large amount of cereal crops, including flax seed. Because of the bast fiber in the flax straw, incorporation of the straw back into the soil is not possible so it is either burned off or removed from the fields.

A study was performed to evaluate seed flax straw as a raw material for papermaking pulp production. Trials were carried out on Tornado-processed whole flax straw, Tornado-processed hydraulically separated flax bast fiber, commercially available dry decorticated flax bast fiber, and enzymatically treated Tornado-processed hydraulically separated flax bast fiber. Pulping was done using the soda-AQ process followed by TCF bleaching using a QPpZ sequence for a target brightness of greater than 85% ISO.

Results of the study will be presented during the Nonwood session.
Nonwood Sessions and Presentations include:



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