Hank Ketcham, Chairman of the Board of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), today announced that Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. (DMI) has become FPAC’s newest member.

“We’re delighted to have DMI join our ranks,” said Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of FPAC.  “The company is an integral part of the Canadian forest products industry providing the community of Peace River, Alberta with hundreds of jobs while sustainably managing the forests and meeting the environmental standards that Canada’s forest products industry is known for worldwide.”

DMI is an integrated forest products company, first established in western Canada in 1969 where they still continue as joint venture partners with West Fraser Timber at Cariboo Pulp and Paper.

DMI itself is a joint venture between Nippon Paper Industries and Marubeni Corporation of Japan. Their modern hardwood/softwood, kraft pulp mill in Peace River has become one of the top ten pulp producers in North America, producing 480,000 tonnes per year. DMI was named EnviroVista leader four years in a row in recognition of its outstanding environmental performance.

“FPAC has proven itself to be a very effective voice for its members – both with government and in the marketplace,” said Yasu Amakusa, President of DMI, “Now more than ever, the industry needs FPAC championing the Canadian forest products sector. Although the industry is facing tough economic challenges, the global marketplace demands superior products with a high environmental pedigree. We are ready, and positioned, to meet that growing demand. DMI is eager to work as an FPAC member to positively impact the social, economic and environmental growth of Canada’s forest products industry.”

FPAC member companies are committed to the five principles of sustainability in the way they manage their forests – harvest legally, regenerate promptly, reduce waste and promote recovery and recycling, reduce green house gas emissions, and welcome independent scrutiny.  FPAC member companies are committed to 100% energy self sufficiency, and are pursuing carbon neutrality through the supply chain by 2015.

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FPAC is the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs.  Canada’s forest industry is a $65 billion dollar a year industry that represents almost 2% of Canada’s GDP.  The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, operating in hundreds Canadian communities and providing nearly 750,000 direct and indirect jobs across the country.

Ottawa:
Lori Harrop
Executive Director, Environmental Reputation
Forest Products Association of Canada                        
(613) 563-1441 ext: 313        
lharrop@fpac.ca