The Pulp Finishing area is the final processing area for Al-Pac pulp, before it is transported to customers around the world. This stage of the process sees liquid pulp stock turned into a dry sheet of pulp that is cut, stacked and wrapped into bales for shipping.
At the beginning of this process, bleached pulp stock is sprayed onto a wire forming fabric where the water is drained and vacummed from the pulp fibres. Water removed from the pulp at this stage is recycled and used in other stages of the pulp making process.
The pulp is then pressed between two felts and fed through a series of rollers that consolidates the fibres into a sheet. The sheet winds its way through a high power dryer before being cut into 32 inch x 32 inch sheets of pulp that are stacked and wrapped for shipping. Each bale of pulp weighs approximately 268 kilograms.
From the Alberta-Pacific millsite the bales are loaded into railcars and directly shipped to North American destinations or taken to port where they are loaded into cargo ships which take them to overseas customers.
The Many Uses of Al-Pac Pulp
The next time you drive a car, read a magazine, use a tissue or take a photograph, the materials you are using may have started out as Al-Pac pulp! Sure, pulp is used to create paper, but it is also used in a wide variety of other products. You might be surprised to learn that Al-Pac pulp is used to create:
- Non-wovens such as medical surgical drapes and tea bags
- Glossy coated papers such as magazine covers
- Absorbents such as blotters and shoe innersoles
- Uncoated papers such as high quality printing, books, magazines, envelopes, bristol and tags
- Paper board such as surface paper of packaging for milk, juice, etc
- Other coated paper used in labels, playing cards, magazines, thermal papers and photographic paper
- Tissues and toweling such as toilet and facial tissue, napkins, towels and wipes
- Filters such as coffee, air automotive and laboratory filters
- Packaging paper such as grease-proof food packaging and wax paper
- Lightweight specialties such as scripture, dictionary and cigarette paper
- Technical and industrial papers such as release (label packaging), transparent and densified
- Newsprint and directory paper for daily news inserts and telephone books
- Decorative laminates (counter tops and dashboards), leatherettes (purses, shoes)