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.

Attendees are invited to attend the Nonwood Fiber Committee Meeting at PEERS and learn more about the activities of this committee and how to get involved in the planning of future conference programs.

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


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

"Columbia Pulp’s State-of-the-Art Wheat Straw Pulp Mill"
Presenter: Kristi Kobetich, Columbia Pulp 

A new pilot plant and pulp mill in Columbia County, Washington is introducing a new, proprietary, low-chemical pulping process and is producing the first commercial nonwood market pulp and bio-polymers in the USA. 

Satisfying an increasing demand for alternative fibers, the mill takes waste wheat straw and generate wet-lap pulp for use in paper, tissue and molded fiber products. 

With reduced energy, water and chemical inputs, the mill's products have a 68% lower carbon footprint than traditional pulp mills.

Nonwood Sessions and Presentations include:


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