March 22, 2016 - FPInnovations has developed a unique process for the production of cellulose filaments from natural pulp fibres. The process involves mechanical peeling, does not require the use of chemicals or enzymes, and does not produce effluents, making it environmentally friendly and well-suited for the Canadian forest industry. Cellulose filaments obtained by this process have unique features, including sub-micron widths, very high aspect ratios, high flexibility, high surface area, and high bonding potential. They have been shown to be excellent strengthening agents, bringing significant improvement in the wet-web and dry strength of tissue, towel, printing and writing, and specialty paper grades. Applications in composite and other non-paper products are also being explored.
March 8, 2016 - Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has awarded Comet Biorefining, Inc. a grant of $10.9 million for the construction of its first-of-a-kind advanced bio-based chemicals plant. Located in Sarnia, Ont., the plant will use proprietary conversion technology to transform corn stover, an agricultural residue, into high-purity dextrose sugar.
March 8, 2016 - Two AIberta Innovates corporations have teamed up to provide funding for research and development projects that advance the knowledge and use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced biomaterial.
February 22, 2016 - One of the owners of the NHL Arizona Coyotes has joined the board of directors for BioAmber Inc., a leader in renewable materials. George F.J. Gosbee joined the company's board of directors effective today, replacing Henry "Pete" Linsert, Jr. who resigned his board seat for personal reasons.
February 18, 2016 – Comet Biorefining, Inc. is coming to Sarnia, Ont.
February 3, 2015 - Celluforce is a few steps closer to bringing its nanocrystalline cellulose product to market, participants at PaperWeek Canada heard on Feb. 3. CEO Sebastien Corbeil shared a few lessons learned and described a few near-commercial applications for this unique bio-based additive.
February 3, 2016 - An executive panel that kicked off PaperWeek Canada 2016 reaffirms that Canadian companies are having success in the bio-economy.
January 20, 2016 — DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced a new breakthrough process with the potential to expand the materials landscape in the 21st century with exciting and truly novel, high-performance renewable materials. The technology has applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and many other industries.
January 14, 2016 - BioAmber Inc. announced that its Sarnia production plant, jointly owned with Mitsui & Co., has received ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and FSSC 22000 certifications. These certifications were granted by accredited certification bodies following audits of the Sarnia plant in Q4 2015.
January 4, 2015 - BioAmber Inc., a leader in renewable materials, announced in December that it has joined the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, alongside more than 140 companies from across the American economy that are standing with the Obama Administration to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to climate action and to voice support for a strong outcome to the COP21 Paris climate negotiations.
December 30, 2015 – Effective Dec. 23, 2015, Solenis LLC, through its Brazilian subsidiary Solenis do Brasil Químicas Ltda, completed the acquisition of 100 per cent of the shares of Quimatec Produtos Químicos Ltda, a Brazilian manufacturer of specialty chemicals for the sugar and ethanol processing industry; and Locatec de Araraquara Ltda-Me, the associated logistics provider. The acquisition of Quimatec is part of Solenis’ strategy to broaden its process chemical and industrial water treatment offerings in the bioethanol market worldwide.
December 23, 2015 - Biomaterials are in the spotlight in Sweden. In recent weeks, Stora Enso has inaugurated a new Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Stockholm, Sweden, and several organizations have collaborated to form an open “test bed” called LignoCity where companies can develop and scale up technology that refines lignin to climate-friendly fuels, chemicals and materials.
Dcember 10, 2015 - Driven by consumer preference, the global market for bioplastics will grow at compounded annual growth rate of 14.8% to become a US$30 billion market by 2020, a new report says.
November 27, 2015 - Hamrick Engineering recently announced the granting of a broad patent for extracting sugars and nanocellulose from lignocellulosic biomass by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
November 27, 2015 - According to a new report by Allied Market Research titled, "World Green Solvents- Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2014-2020,” the green solvents market volume would reach 3,321.4 kilo tons by 2020, registering a CAGR of 4.3 per cent from 2015 to 2020. Paints and coatings application segment contributed a 43.6 per cent share of the overall green solvents market, and is expected to maintain this trend during the forecast period.
November 26, 2015 - Both cellulose and lignin, the hard part of the tree, and growth cells, can be combined with new technology to produce both new materials and new conditions. Lignin can be transformed into a green carbon fibre that can be used in lightweight products. With the aid of nanotechnology it is also possible to produce durable, lightweight and environmentally compatible cellulose materials.
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