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Innovation

Innovation is a core value at Weyerhaeuser. Whether you look in the labs at our technology center, or on the floors of our operations, you'll find people seeking new and better ways to get results and meet the evolving needs of our customers.

SUPERIOR SEEDLINGS AND GROWING MORE TREES

We start by building on decades of research to grow stronger, straighter trees.

  • Our seedlings are high-quality and reflect our leadership in tree-growing and propagation technologies.
  • We pioneered new ways to improve frost hardiness and root development and adopted "wrenching" treatments to produce compact, fibrous roots that help trees establish rapidly in the field.
  • We were the first to develop freezer storage for late-season planting.

Using site-specific information, we plant seedlings from parents selected for superior growth and wood quality, control invasive species and other competing vegetation, fertilize soil, and thin the forest before final harvest, allowing us to grow wood much faster than in comparable unmanaged forests, while maintaining the health of the overall ecosystem.

INNOVATING NEW PRODUCTS FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

We are always pushing to find solutions for our customers, such as products that use renewable materials in place of non-renewables and do more with less.

RENEWABLE MATERIALS IN PLACE OF NON-RENEWABLES

  • TJI® Joists with Flak Jacket™: replaces a layer of non-renewable gypsum with a new, one-hour fire-rated assembly and eliminates the need for expensive mineral wool, simplifying the construction of multi-family structures.
  • THRIVE™: revolutionary breakthrough addressing an emerging global interest in using natural fibers as thermoplastic reinforcing additive, such as in automotive parts, office furniture, household goods and kitchenware, and small and large appliances. Products made with THRIVE require less energy to produce and can reduce wear and tear on processing equipment when compared with those containing abrasive short glass fibers.
  • StructureServ® and StructurePac®: new grades support the transition from Styrofoam (EPS) hot coffee cups to paper-based insulated cups. A new oxygen barrier carton grade is designed for the growing milk-alternative beverage (e.g., almond, coconut) packaging segment with a reduced greenhouse gas footprint.
  • Aviation Biofuel: we participate in the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, a consortium of private industry and educational institutions working to harness woody biomass for aviation biofuel.
  • Lignin-Based Carbon Fiber: with our partner Zoltek, we are working to produce a low-cost carbon fiber incorporating the natural polymer lignin (a byproduct of manufacturing wood products and paper), which could potentially enhance the energy efficiency of carbon fiber and be used in more fuel-efficient vehicles. In 2013, precursor fibers were converted into the first commercial-scale trial carbon fibers.

DO MORE WITH LESS

  • Framer Series™ Lumber: structural framing series that reduces customer on-site waste by 11 percent compared to typical lumber products.
  • Treater Series™ Lumber: treated structural framing series that reduces inventory loss and cull rates and minimizes bargain bin piles and disposal costs, thus reducing waste for our customers.
  • Norbrite® 92: a printing and publishing paper made from thermo-mechanical pulp fiber, rather than the traditional kraft process, offering a wood-fiber yield twice that of uncoated free-sheet paper products.
  • Arborite® Fertilizer: allows agricultural and forestry users to reduce nitrogen rates by as much as 20 percent by reducing volatility while maintaining productivity. Lower nitrogen rates and reduced volatility can mean lower greenhouse gas emissions, less nitrogen runoff and more nitrogen directed to the crops.

Last updated June 6, 2014