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$55-million to turn biomass into plastics and composites

News International-French

12 Dec 2013

Government of Canada partners with industry to develop innovative materials for cars and houses from biomass.

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), announced the launch of the Industrial Biomaterials program, a new initiative that will help create more fuel-efficient vehicles and greener construction materials.

The Industrial Biomaterials program is a $55-million initiative over five years consisting of a $30 million investment by the NRC, and $25 million generated through collaborative projects with industry, academic institutions and other government departments.

Canadian firms will now be able to transform agricultural and forestry by-products to create new materials and reduce the use of petroleum-based polymers (plastics). Bioresins, biofibers and biocomposites made from Canadian non-food biomass (such as wood, lignin, grain husks, flax and hemp stems) are environmentally friendly and provide alternative ecological options. These will provide manufacturers sustainable and durable green products to use in next-generation automobiles and building materials.

The program will combine resources from Canadian businesses to advance research and development in the manufacturing of industrial biomaterials. It will also help Canada’s transportation and construction industries remain competitive in global markets by ensuring that automotive parts manufacturers and green building material suppliers can adopt these leading-edge technologies.