Sweden's OptiCept Technologies has entered an agreement with the Chilean forestry company CMPC. Cuttings will now be boosted with nutrients using a unique vacuum impregnation technology called OptiBoost.
The OptiBoost technology is a symbiosis of two technologies. Vacuum impregnation and nanotechnology. Cuttings are impregnated with a functionalized nutrient solution based on the third generation of patented nanotechnology. The process is executed in a small vacuum chamber that can manage up to 15,000 cuttings per hour.
The OptiBoost vauum impregnation (VI) is done with the purpose to improve the rooting and growth of cuttings and thereby decreases losses of eucalyptus and tropical clone cuttings propagation.
During a couple of weeks this spring CMPC evaluated the technologies' effect in their nursery - as a result they now entered a long-term partnership with OptiCept Technolgies.
The parties have entered into a commercial agreement for OptiBoost for cuttings that runs over 6 years. The focus in 2024 is on the treatment of high-yielding cuttings and on developing the concept together with CMPC towards their annual production of 20 million cuttings.
CMPC is one of the world's largest pulp and paper companies. The business includes forestry, pulp, paper and paper products. The company plants around 20 million cuttings annually.