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Bio-processing plant to open in Sarnia

May 22, 2012, Guelph, ON - BioAmber has announced to proceed with the construction of a world class bio-processing plant in Sarnia to produce bio-succinic acid, used in food and beverages, industrial chemicals and pharmaceuticals.


May 22, 2012
By Ontario Federation of Agriculture

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May 22, 2012, Guelph, ON – The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is pleased with BioAmber's
announcement to proceed with the construction of a world class
bio-processing plant in Sarnia, Ontario. BioAmber will source local
feedstock including corn and wheat beginning in 2013 to produce
bio-succinic acid, used in food and beverages, industrial chemicals and
pharmaceuticals.

“This is wonderful news for the local economy,” says Mark Wales, OFA President.
“In addition to the jobs that will be created, local sourcing of
feedstock enhances transportation logistics and reduces costs.”

Once BioAmber is running at full production, it will create a new
opportunity for the marketing of corn and wheat for Ontario farmers. The
company’s initial grain requirement is equivalent to 15,000 to 20,000
acres of production per year. The green chemistry involved in BioAmber’s
processes will also support the manufacturing of other products in the
Sarnia industrial complex, making the complex a more robust offering
overall.

“Ontario farmers have proven their ability to produce high quality
crops in a sustainable manner,” says Wales. “Farmers are committed to
programs such as the Environmental Farm Plan, and we are proud to see our environmental efforts carry through the value chain.”

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This initiative supports Ontario producers’ efforts to find new markets
for biomass crops for energy, bio-products or bio-processing. Since
2010, OFA has been examining opportunities to enhance biomass value
chain initiatives based on funding received under the “Generate Energy
for Ontario by Developing an Innovative Agricultural Biomass Value Chain
Sector” project. Investment in this project has been provided by
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP). In Ontario, this program is delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council.

About the OFA

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is the largest general farm
organization in Ontario, representing 37,000 farm families across the
province. As a dynamic farmer-led organization based in Guelph, the OFA
works to represent and champion the interests of Ontario farmers through
government relations, farm policy recommendations, lobby efforts,
community representation, media relations and more. OFA is the leading
advocate for Ontario’s farmers and is Ontario’s voice of the farmer.


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