bioNEXT Challenges

Understanding Our Trees Challenge

Understanding the moisture content of trees and logs allows pulp and paper manufacturers like CMPC to make better decisions about wood supply, from forests to mills. Improving moisture and density measurement capabilities will further refine CMPC’s harvesting and transport operations, which are key to a more efficient and sustainable pulp and paper manufacturing process. management.


Innovation Challenge

Understanding Our Trees Challenge

CMPC, one of the biggest worldwide pulp and paper companies with 54 industrial plants across nine countries, is seeking innovative solutions to measure moisture and density in trees, logs, chips and biomass for their manufacturing process.

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About CMPC

CMPC produces and commercializes products based on pulp, paper, wood, and tissue. The company has 54 industrial plants in nine countries in America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay. Its worldwide presence reaches 12 countries, including three commercial offices in the USA, Germany, and China; and an innovation office in Finland.

Today, CMPC commercializes its products through three main businesses: Pulp, Biopackaging and Softys, reaching more than 25,000 direct clients around the world.


The Circular Economy Opportunity

By enhancing measurement techniques and optimizing operations, innovative solutions can maximize the value of raw materials, minimize waste, reduce energy consumption, and mitigate environmental impact throughout the product life cycle. Through collaborative efforts between industry stakeholders and innovators, we can drive continuous improvement in pulp and paper practices, paving the way for a more sustainable and circular economy.

Evaluation Criteria & Eligibility

  • TRL 7 or above
  • Identify a feasible and easy-to-apply technology
  • Experience in the forestry industry and open to pilot in CMPC's forests
  • Field pilot with error less than 5% in comparison with traditional measurement techniques

What Winners Get

  • Shortlisted applicants will present their technology to CMPC
  • The winning innovator, or innovators, will have the opportunity to present a pilot proposal to CMPC, with the potential to scale across all CMPC productions

Desired Outcomes

Accurately measure moisture with less than 5% error

Reduce log rejections in wood mills

Reduce CO2e emissions during log transportation

Be cost competitive and scalable across CMPC productions

Mobile for use in forest environments

Resistant to various climate conditions

Capable or data connectivity through cloud-based systems

Challenge Timeline

CMPC recognizes the critical importance of accurately assessing wood moisture content and density throughout the supply chain. Improving moisture and density measurement capabilities will further refine CMPC’s harvesting and transport operations. Let's aid their journey towards greater sustainability in pulp and paper production!

May 13, 2024

Competition open

June 11, 2024

Challenge Informational Webinar

July 5, 2024

Challenge Closes

July 8-July 12, 2024

Evaluation Period

July 18-July 19, 2024

Finalist Pitch Presentations

August 9, 2024

Winners Announced

This challenge is in partnership with Foresight Canada and CMPC.