Research and development (R&D) is a critical area of pulp production. The main aim is to optimise Altri's pulp production in terms of quality, productivity and cost reduction.
Altri has more than 40 years' R&D forest experience, through its acquisition of Celbi Pulp Mill. The main focus of Altri's R&D is the eucalyptus tree.
Major development programmes include:
- Increasing productivity: enabling quicker growth
- Decreasing consumption per tonne of pulp produced
- Increasing quality: wood, fibre, pulp and paper
- The promotion of environmental sustainability
- Cost reduction
The main areas of study are management of settlements, nutrition and forest protection; production models through biometrics; genetic improvements; and forest maintenance.
The purpose of the genetic improvement programme is to improve pulp quality and to lower the amount of wood required per tonne of pulp produced.