TTS was established in 1998, as a forest products development and testing company under the name Tekle Technical Services, Inc. Building upon the extensive experience of its President, Mr. Tam Tekle, TTS quickly acquired an international reputation for technical and innovative excellence in the forest products industry, offering the world’s leading forest products companies and equipment manufacturers a range of consulting services, including:
- Process improvement programs;
- Developing and implementing quality control programs;
- Product improvement and development research and development programs; and
- Training plant managers and operators how to optimally run forest product production lines.
Clients include Canfor, Dieffenbacher, Domtar, International Paper, Modern Laminated Timber, Nelson Pine Industries, Schweitzer-Mauduit and West Fraser Timber.
In 2000, TTS made a strategic decision to expand its focus to include agricultural fibre as well as wood fibre, and adopted the revolutionary approach of integrating agricultural and wood fibre to develop a range of novel green building products. The natural fibre that TTS drew upon for product development is sourced from currently unutilized waste streams, including agricultural residuals (hemp hurds, flax shives, cereal straws) and forestry processing residuals (bark, harvesting slash, sawdust) and municipal and construction fibre waste.
TTS’ internal R&D program reached critical mass in 2006, and TTS has since commissioned mini-production lines at its Edmonton laboratory for four of the five families of products – SIPs, engineered fibre mats, fibre-cement block and biocomposite panels. TTS has spent $3.5 million over nearly a decade – in addition numerous in-kind contributions and grants – on internal applied R&D to develop and test its five families of green building products: Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), engineered fibre mats, biocomposite panels, fibre-plastic composites, and fibre-cement composites.
TTS is currently in the process of commercializing several products under these families through the BioComposites Group (BCG), a division of TTS that aims to build strategic partnerships to commercialize TTS’ products including engineered biofibre mats, structural insulated panels (SIPs), A-For composite panels, Biofibre cement composites and Biofibre plastic composites. The BioComposites Group also offers scale-up and incubation services to external companies seeking to bring novel biocomposites to market.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2011 19:16