In 1998, NRCan initiated the Value-Added Program, a four year program aiming to enhance the competitiveness of the value-added wood industry. The Program provided $1 million per year to Forintek Canada Corp. to conduct value-added wood product researchBuilding on the Value-Added Program, in May 2002, the Government of Canada announced an expansion of the Program, renamed the Value-Added Research Initiative (later renamed the Value to Wood Program). This expansion brought universities into the program to create lasting collaboration, connections and networks.
In 2007, 2009 and 2011, the federal government renewed the Value to Wood Program to continue to facilitate the productivity and competitiveness of Canada's value-added wood sector by funding needs-based research, and providing advisory services to industry. Up to March 31, 2012, the program funded research at the University of New Brunswick, Laval University, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and FPInnovations. As of April 2012, funding for value-added wood products manufacturing at FPInnovations continues to be provided through the federal Forest Innovation Program.
Through a network of Industry Advisors across the country, Value to Wood continues to transfer the results of the research to manufacturers and provides direct technical advice.
Value to Wood has demonstrated results for the secondary wood products industry. An independent audit of the program found, for example, that research projects on the performance of fingerjointing and I-Joists resulted in new and improved products, new process standards, and a product quality guide/handbook. This resulted in an estimated economic impact of over $10 million annually to the finger jointing and I-joist manufacturing sector.
Another research project identified the most effective durable factory applied finishes for wood siding and other wood products exposed to the weather. As a result, firms manufacturing wood siding for exterior cladding have adjusted their choice of finishes and finishing processes to improve durability based on this research. Lastly, two projects (by UBC and FPInnovations) on the integrated protection of structural composites for exterior exposure have helped manufacturers of glulam to improve the coatings used to reduce delamination and improve long term performance. These are but a few examples of how the Value to Wood Program is supporting industry through applied research: look through our research projects to discover research pertinent to your company.
To help transfer the research results to industry, FPInnovations manages a network of Industry Advisors across the country. This network has grown significantly from 14 Industry Advisors in 2002, to 36 in 2008, and over the years has worked on hundreds of projects with value-added manufacturers. Contact us to find out how an Industry Advisor can help your company, or submit your question online.
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