Canadian Forest Service Publications

Partnering for Lignin Biorefinery: Partner evaluation and selection criteria. 2018. Fredj, K, Bogdanski, B., Shah, Z. Journal of Science & Technology for Forest Products and Processes: VOL.7, NO.4, pp. 24-30.

Year: 2018

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 39551

Language: English

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Abstract

A lignin-based forest biorefinery is an opportunity for a forest products company to diversify its product portfolio, enter new markets, add new sources of revenue, and spread market risk across many industries. It does, however, involve technology, capital, and market risks. These risks can be mitigated through appropriate partnerships with different companies. The selection of a suitable partner remains a complex process, and the success or failure of the collaboration relies on the appropriateness of the criteria and the process followed. This article provides companies that are interested in establishing a forest biorefinery with a systematic process to help them identify, evaluate, and select prospective partners. The proposed framework involves a multi-step process using SWOT analysis, value chain analysis, and the Analytical Hierarchal Process (AHP). Moreover, the process is applied to a Canadian Kraft pulp mill to demonstrate the framework and steps of analysis.

Plain Language Summary

A lignin-based forest biorefinery is an opportunity for a forest products’ company to diversify its product portfolio, enter new markets, add new sources of revenue, and spread market risk across many industries. It does, however, involve technology, capital, and market risks. These risks can be mitigated through appropriate partnerships with different companies. The selection of a suitable partner remains a complex process and the success or failure of the collaboration relies on appropriateness of the criteria and process followed. This research provides companies that are interested in establishing a forest biorefinery with a systematic process to help them identify, evaluate, and select prospective partners. The proposed framework involves a multi-step process utilizing SWOT analysis, Value Chain analysis, and the Analytical Hierarchal Process. Moreover, the process is applied to a Canadian Kraft pulp mill to demonstrate the framework and steps of analysis.