NBSK

Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (NBSK)

West Fraser produces Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft pulp. Chemical pulp combines woodchips and chemicals into what is called a digester. The chemical process in the digester breaks down the lignin in the fiber. Lignin is the glue that holds fibers together.

NBSK pulp in its finished form is made up of long slender fibres that provide excellent bonding and tensile properties. NBSK pulp is used for manufacturing a variety of paper products including printing and writing paper, specialty grades and a range of tissue products. Our Hinton and Cariboo NBSK pulps exhibit similar superior pulp properties that typically allow our customers to use either pulp, with one mill capable of acting as the alternative supply to the other.

Pulp Operations

Hinton Pulp

  • Hinton, Alberta
  • Production: 370,000 Metric Tonnes per year of NBSK
  • Species: Primarily Lodgepole Pine and White Spruce
  • Trade Name: Hinton HiBrite

Cariboo Pulp & Paper

  • Quesnel, British Columbia
  • Production (50%): 159,000 Metric Tonnes per year of NBSK
  • Species: Primarily Lodgepole Pine and White Spruce, Interior Douglas Fir