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Resolute Expands its Eco-conscious Align Paper Grades

March 24, 2014

Grades use up to 50% less fiber as well as less energy and fewer
chemicals

MONTREAL, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Resolute Forest Products Inc.
(NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) continues to expand its Align(TM) brand of
environmentally responsible and budget-friendly papers by adding two
more superbrite grades, Hybrid and Alternative, to the company’s
existing offerings of Ecopaque, Equal Offset and Resolute Max.

“We now offer five different eco-friendly grades in multiple
configurations under our Align brand,” said John Lafave, Senior Vice
President, Pulp and Paper Sales and Marketing. “Customers have even
more choice of paper grades that reduce fiber consumption and save
money without sacrificing the quality of their printed product.”

Specific grades that will be added to the Align umbrella include Hybrid
Smooth, Hybrid Vellum, Hybrid Envelope, Alternative Book, Alternative
Offset and Alternative Opaque produced at the company’s Calhoun
(Tennessee) mill, as well as Alternative Offset and Alternative Book
produced at the Alma (Quebec) mill. Align’s Hybrid grades are
high-yield, opaque offset papers used for commercial printing such as
comics, direct mail, directories, envelopes, inserts and manuals.
Align’s Alternative Offset papers are ideal for a variety of print
applications, including book publishing, financial printing, annual
reports and direct mail.

Resolute’s Calhoun mill made significant advancements in reducing its
environmental footprint in 2013, which qualify certain of its products
to become part of the Align family. One of the most important changes
involved shifting Calhoun’s energy source from coal to natural gas,
considerably reducing the mill’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Align papers are made with up to 50% less wood fiber compared to
freesheet paper, and have an environmental footprint 35% to 85% smaller
than the average freesheet grade – including some containing recycled
content. In addition, by delivering higher opacity and bulk at a lower
basis weight than traditional freesheet, Align helps reduce paper,
postage and transportation costs. With Align, environmentally- and
value-conscious customers can choose from a range of bright, opaque,
high-bulk papers that are designed to meet their specific needs.

The thermo-mechanical pulping process used to produce Resolute’s Align
family of papers applies heat and mechanical grinding to wood fibers.
With this process, 90% of the wood fiber is used, and it also delivers
a marked improvement in efficiency over the chemical pulping process
employed to make competitive traditional freesheet from kraft pulp. In
the chemical pulping process, the lignin, which is the organic ‘glue’
that holds the wood fibers together, is removed, and only about half of
the original wood fiber is used.

The Align brand’s thermo-mechanical process keeps the lignin in the
sheet, along with the cellulose and hemicellulose, which provides the
mechanical pulp with higher opacity and greater bulk. The lignin’s
presence also allows Align papers to be produced with only half the
amount of wood fiber needed to make traditional freesheet.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products
industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint,
specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The Company owns or
operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in
the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets
in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute
has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one
of three internationally-recognized sustainable forest management
standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock
symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock
Exchange.

Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association
of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are
partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to
identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of
balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human
activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a
member of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, in which
businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse
gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.


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