Reseach, Development and Innovation
The forestry industry has achieved its current levels of sustainability, efficiency and productivity thanks to sophisticated technological and innovative processes that extend from the selection of plants, their cultivation and study in plant nurseries, right through to the forest plantations and their subsequent management. There are also great advances and examples of innovation in the development of new products.
Some examples of the ways in which research, development and innovation are an integral part of the company’s existence include: reducing the amount of water that a Pine or Eucalyptus tree needs in order to grow; ensuring that the wood for the construction of your home is resistant to mould or insects; that the Araucarias of southern Chile are able to survive a virus that has infected them; that dozens of species that were on the point of extinction are no longer endangered; that the gift for that someone special in your life arrives safely to its destination; or that the diapers of your infant last all night long.
Here are some specific examples of the most recent CMPC innovations:
CMPC Cartulinas developed Natural Kraft, a ‘naturally fine stucco-free cardboard’, a product that maintains the characteristics of conventional cardboard but eliminating the final plaster finish. The plaster or stucco is a covering of one or more layers that confers different qualities, such as weight, texture, and reduced ink absorbency.
Stucco is generally made up of 78% kaolin and calcium carbonate, which on average represents about 10% of total cardboard by weight.
Eliminating the stucco also eliminated the chemicals used in the process, generating a reduction in the carbon footprint of the product.
Therefore, CMPC introduced a packaging material to the market unlike any other thanks to its natural appearance that favored the use of unbleached fibers without the final stucco finish, offering customers an alternative for packaging their products using innovative solutions.
Among the most recent innovations launched onto the market is DUO toilet paper, that has a four-meter long mini-roll in the center, maximizing its usage by changing the inner cardboard roll for more paper; the launching of Evolution Toalla Nova with the latest technology in paper that enables more absorption with less paper; and Elite Gold toilet paper in the Premium segment of the Mexican market.
The Company developed a program of genetic improvement that has signified important increases in the yields of plantations of Pine and Eucalyptus. This program has used conventional non-transgenic techniques, that is, avoiding the transfer of genes from one organism to another, but employing the latest technological discoveries about early selection and propagation technology, which have enabled it to obtain faster growth in the species.
Forestry management innovations have been focused on improving plant quality techniques, soil preparation techniques, the control of weeds to guarantee higher productivity and maintaining the homogeneity of plantations, apart from improving the efficiency of both groundwater use in the soil and growth of the species through the Eucahydro program.
The company also developed a plywood board impregnated with micronized copper for use on exterior walls. This product prevents termites and mould and offers protection against UV rays.