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 fibre. Lignin is the glue that holds fibres 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 have 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.
- Hinton, Alberta
- Production: 380,000 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%): 170,000 Metric Tonnes per year of NBSK
- Species: Primarily Lodgepole Pine and White Spruce, Interior Douglas Fir