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Definition: Sulphite bleached wood pulp


Wood pulp obtained by mechanically reducing pulpwood, wood chips, particles or residues to small pieces that are subsequently cooked in a pressure vessel in the presence of a bisulphite cooking liquor. Bisulphites such as ammonium, calcium, magnesium and sodium are commonly used in this process. It excludes dissolving grades of wood pulp. It is reported in metric tonnes air-dry weight (i.e. with a 10% moisture content). Data for two classes (bleached, including semi-bleached, and unbleached) are requested separately.
Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire (2001), Definitions, UN-ECE/FAO/Eurostat/ITTO