Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. (DMI) is an integrated forest products company first established in western Canada in 1969 by Daishowa Paper Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Daishowa) and Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) of Japan, when the company began a joint venture with Weldwood of Canada (acquired by West Fraser Timber Co., Ltd. in December 2004) in the Cariboo Pulp and Paper Company (CPP) at Quesnel, BC.
In December 1992, DMI absorbed Daishowa Canada’s Alberta assets which consisted of a modern 400,000 mt/year hardwood/softwood kraft pulp mill in Peace River and two sawmills located in High Level and Red Earth. The sawmills were sold in 1999 and 2000 leaving the Alberta operation to the bleach kraft pulp mill in Peace River, Alberta (Peace River Pulp Division – PRPD), which has become one of the top ten pulp producers in North America.
In 2003, Daishowa in Japan was acquired and amalgamated into Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (Nippon Paper). Nippon Paper is Japan’s second largest pulp and paper manufacturing company, whereas Marubeni is one of the major trading companies in Japan and one of the world’s largest dealers in market pulp.
DMI employs over 600 people in British Columbia and Alberta and conducts business with up to an additional 600 people in its woodlands operations.
DMI-PRPD manages 2.7 million hectares of public forest in Alberta under two Forest Management Agreements (FMAs) to supply the majority of its deciduous fibre requirements for the pulp mill in Peace River. Additional deciduous fibre is also sourced from dispositions (Deciduous Timber Allocations) covering an additional 5 million hectares. The DMI-PRPD mill’s coniferous fibre requirements are fulfilled primarily through purchases from surrounding softwood lumber companies.
DMI manages all public lands sustainably and employs principles of ecologically-based forest management to achieve values for fish and wildlife habitat, ecological diversity, and a variety of other values. In addition to meeting the requirements of federal and provincial acts and regulations, DMI is certified to ISO 14001, SFI®:2010-2014, PEFC CoC and FSC® CoC, and is a member of the Forest Products Association of Canada and an active and contributing member to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement.
Together with West Fraser Mills Ltd., DMI jointly owns Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company, a high quality bleached kraft pulp mill. Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company produces bleached softwood kraft pulp, which meets the stringent requirements of the world’s most demanding markets for high brightness, cleanliness and strength. The mill is located at Quesnel, in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. Cariboo Pulp & Paper began production in 1972.