Domtar inaugurates commercial lignin production

Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:12am EDT

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Plymouth Mill to produce bio-material with wide range of industrial
 applications as petro-chemical alternative - the first of its kind in
 over quarter century  



MONTREAL,  March 12, 2013  /PRNewswire/ - Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS)
 (TSX: UFS) today announced that it has successfully installed a
 commercial-scale lignin separation plant at its  Plymouth, North
 Carolina  mill, the first U.S. facility of its type in over 25 years. 
 The production of BioChoice lignin began in February, with a targeted
 rate of 75 tons a day, destined for a wide range of industrial
 applications as a bio-based alternative to the use of petroleum and
 other fossil fuels.

The successful installation of commercial-scale lignin removal capacity
 at the Plymouth Mill is the culmination of a research and engineering
 project launched by Domtar in 2010.  This project was further boosted
 when the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of
 Energy awarded the company a grant through the Biomass Research and
 Development Initiative. Domtar's lignin operation sets a new path for
 the industry and also marks the latest sustainability milestone for a
 company that has long been recognized as an industry leader in forest
 certification and environmental stewardship.

"Our vision is to be a global leader in fiber-based innovation," said
  Bruno Marcoccia, Domtar's director of research and development. "A big
 part of this is our focus on partnering with best-in class
 collaborators to develop new products and markets for a wide portfolio
 of initiatives, like BioChoice."

"The possibilities for making a real difference in terms of offering
 manufacturers a bio-based alternative to the use of petro-chemicals is
 truly exciting," said  Hasan Jameel, a professor in  North Carolina State
 University's  Department of Forest Biomaterials. "This is a big win for
 sustainability on two counts - Domtar improves the efficiency of its
 pulp-making process, and at the same time the market gets a reliable,
 high-quality source of this underused material with so much potential."

A wide range of potential applications for BioChoice lignin exists,
 including fuels, resins and thermoplastics.

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About Domtar  

Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets
 and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including
 communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and adult
 incontinence products. The foundation of its business is a network of
 world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff
 and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed
 internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the
 largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in  North
 America  with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® 
Opaque Offset, First Choice®  and Domtar EarthChoice®. Domtar is also a leading
marketer and producer of a complete line of
 incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends®  brand name.
Domtar owns and operates Ariva®, an extensive network of strategically located
paper and printing
 supplies distribution facilities. In 2012, Domtar had sales of  US$5.5
 billion  from nearly 50 countries. The Company employs approximately
 9,300 people. To learn more, visit



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