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FPInnovations and Institut Technologique FCBA Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Nov 16, 2015

The agreement aims at pooling knowledge, providing access to new markets and launching common projects
FPInnovations, a Canadian technological research institute and world leader in research and development of scientific solutions for the forest industry, and the Institut Technologique FCBA (Foret Cellulose Bois-construction Ameublement), a technical industrial centre in France, active in the forest/wood/furniture industries, are proud to announce that they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop research partnerships and a framework for information exchange between their respective organizations.
This three-year agreement took effect on November 1 of this year. The initial phases will include increased sharing of experiences, knowledge, resources and best practices and will progress toward developing common research projects. The memorandum of understanding more specifically aims to create synergy between the two institutes, to stimulate open exchanges on mutual development orientations and to establish collaborative projects in the interest of both organizations' members and respective forest industries.
Two research topics have been identified to launch this agreement:
- Construction of mid-rise and tall wood buildings as well as the building products adapted to such structures;
- End-of-life-management of wood buildings by applying principles of flexibility, deconstruction, reuse, recycling, and life-cycle analysis (LCA) of products.
"We are very proud of this agreement, which marks an important step for FPInnovations,"  said Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations. "Not only does it provide Canada's forest industry with privileged access to new knowledge and considerable market potential, but it is also a unique showcase for our organization on the international scene. This memorandum of understanding is bound to be beneficial to everyone."
"Our common actions with our Canadian peers date back a long time—to the 1990s, in fact," remarked Georges-Henri Florentin, Executive Director of the FCBA. "Our partnership, signed within COP21's symbolic framework, on topics of global innovations in the field of tall buildings, is intended to spearhead our trades in the forest-wood industry, the 14th strategic sector in France."
Facts and figures
FCBA covers all forest, pulp and wood industries, including construction and furniture, on French territory. The Institute employs over 350 people spread out in seven centres and working in the following fields: silviculture, paper pulp, logging, sawmilling, framework, carpentry, structure, wood-based panels, furniture, packaging and miscellaneous products.
In 2011, FPInnovations published its CLT Handbook, a guide on cross-laminated timber (CLT) that addresses the design, construction and implementation of CLT systems adapted to current standards and codes, and thereby marked the introduction of massive construction in Canada.
FPInnovations subsequently published the Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in Canada (2014) and the Mid-rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook (2015), that combine the knowledge of many groups of experts in the organization.
About FPInnovations
FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader in research and development that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. It is ideally positioned to perform research, innovate and deliver state-of-the-art solutions for every area of the sector's value chain, from forest operations to consumer and industrial products. FPInnovations' staff numbers more than 525, including those at its research laboratories in Quebec City, Montreal and Vancouver and at its technology transfer offices across Canada. More information about FPInnovations may be found at
About FCBA
The mission of the Centre technique industriel FCBA is to promote technical progress, take part in improving performance and the guarantee of quality in the industry. It focuses on all forest, paper pulp, wood and furniture industries: silviculture, paper pulp, logging, sawmilling, framework, carpentry, structure, wood-based panels, furniture, packaging and miscellaneous products. It also works with various suppliers in these sectors. Its activities are concentrated on:
Making expertise and recognized skills available to companies, consultancy, technical assistance, testing, training, information...
Supporting trades so they hold a leading position on national, European and international markets: standardization, quality, cutting-edge technologies
Acquiring, centralizing, managing and disseminating scientific and technical information: research and development, business/regulatory/technology intelligence as well as documentation.
More information on FCBA available at
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