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MTI seeks info on emerging forest technologies

BY Staff

7/6/2018

The Maine Technology Institute is seeking information on emerging forest-industry technologies.
The information request concerns a wide range of technologies, including those to manufacture solid wood products, energy products, engineered wood products, advanced products, construction materials, mass timber, wood composites, biobased chemicals, bioplastics, advanced biofuels, and nanocellulose.
The Request for Information is a precursor to MTI’s upcoming Forest Industry Innovation Challenge this fall. Submitted information will be included in MTI’s Forest Industry Emerging Technology Database, which is under development.
“MTI has a strong track record of accelerating the development of new technologies in Maine,” MTI President Brian Whitney said in a news release. “We anticipate that this RFI and the resulting Forest Industry Innovation Challenge this fall will result in more timely MTI investments in emerging forest-industry technologies and enterprises that will add quality jobs in rural Maine regions that are enthusiastic for the new opportunities.”
Information submissions are due by July 20 to Biobased Maine at info@biobasedmaine.org, and detailed submission guidelines can be found at www.biobasedmaine.org/blog.
Over the past several years, Maine’s forest industry has come together to chart a course for the industry’s future. The sector contributes an estimated $8.5 billion annually to the state’s economy.
In the past two years, $253.5 million has been invested in forest-related industries in Maine, including pulp and paper equipment, wood-processing equipment, energy production, and new facility construction.