From a history of expertise...
the future of innovation

Over the last Century, the Kruger family has built a highly diversified manufacturing company that it still manages to this day. Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a leader in pulp and paper, containerboard and eco-friendly packaging, as well as renewable energy, recycling and tissue products. Today, Kruger focuses more than ever on innovation and new technology. This third-generation family company, which employs 5,000 people in Canada and the United States, owns and operates over 20 manufacturing facilities and close to 40 renewable energy power plants across North America.

Created in 2013, Kruger Biomaterials builds on the changes and innovations that have been under way for many years at Kruger and in the industry. We produces and commercialize the revolutionary FiloCell cellulose filaments which can confer outstanding properties and advantages to a wide range of products.

 By the numbers

  • 1st

    cellulose filament plant in the world and only

  • 6,000

    tonnes per year of capacity

  • 100%

    natural cellulose

Our vision

Every project Kruger Biomaterials undertakes is motivated by sustainable development, innovation, operational excellence and exceptional customer service. Through expertise and diligence, our aim is to develop innovative, eco-friendly solutions that meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace.

Filocell history

Looking back. Thinking forward

Looking back. Thinking forward

2010

In 2010, an experiment at an FPInnovations research lab led to the discovery of a process that generates cellulose filaments from wood fibres. Three years later, Kruger and FPInnovations signed a strategic partnership agreement to build a demonstration facility to produce this innovative bio-based material and develop numerous applications.

Kruger got a head start in the global race to develop forest biomaterials by building the world’s very first cellulose filament pre-commercial plant. The project attracted the interest of industry and governments, which collectively contributed $43 million to set up the plant and fund research projects.

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Success from the get-go

Success from the get-go

2014

After a swift startup, the first batches of cellulose filaments were officially produced in June 2014 and product trials demonstrated FiloCell’s tremendous industrial potential. In the fall of 2014, tests revealed that the strengthening capacity of this bio-based material is equal to that obtained at FPInnovations’ demonstration plant, even though production capacity had been scaled up 25-fold.

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