1st transformation

Sawmill, Paper pulp, Plant chemistry, Panels, Energy
1st transformation

The Primary Processing sector is involved in the following sectors :

It helps companies to cope with changes in their raw material needs and to respond to buoyant markets, particularly in the construction and bioenergy sectors.

The cluster proposes innovations in the organisation, equipment, methods and operation of interfaces. It helps this sector of activity to generate more value from lignocellulosic fibres and wood in processes and products, whether they are already known or emerging.



FCBA supports sawmill professionals through training, consultancy and Research & Development activities on “Product” and/or “Process” issues (sawmill classification, sawing line, drying, NIMP15 treatment, etc.)


The world production of paper pulp represents about 180 million tons per year, of which 80% are unbleached and bleached chemical pulps and 30% mechanical pulps or speciality pulps. The most used raw material is wood but also annual plants (flax, hemp, straw, bagasse…). For wood, due to the morphology and structure of the species, softwood and hardwood generate pulps with different properties, depending on the process used. For many years, FCBA InTechFibres has developed expertise in chemical and mechanical pulp manufacturing processes with laboratory simulation of processes and the use of different wood mixtures of different origins.


The chemistry of plants (wood and annual plants) is a concept of organic chemistry based on the valorisation of plant compounds (fibres, molecules) using conventional or innovative processes (biotechnologies, etc.). Wood chemistry is part of a dynamic to reduce the environmental impact of products and is considered a promising and fast-growing alternative to the use of fossil resources. Wood contains elements to produce paper pulp, panels and many packaging products, but also molecules (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, extractives) which are the source of various products currently manufactured by petrochemicals. FCBA can provide you with its expertise in the knowledge of plants and more particularly of woods to meet your needs in biobased materials/products.


The InTechFibres technology cluster has a cross-cutting role in developing innovations based on lignocellulosic materials and more specifically on fibres and their derivatives: molecules, particles, etc. Some developments are carried out through InTechFibres (partnership with the paper technical centre). The cluster is developing its activity in the field of green chemistry from wood.