April 15, 2015 - Cascades Inc. will replace the pulping process at its Norampac Cabano facility with a hot water pulping process that will allow the plant to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips. It will be the first time this innovative process is used in Canada.
March 26, 2015 - Domtar Corporation recently announced an investment by Schlumberger in CelluForce, a joint venture between Domtar and FPInnovations that manufactures wood-derived nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC).
March 13, 2015 – BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals including bio-based succinic acid, recently announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014.
March 3, 2015 - BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, today announced it has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000 MT capacity bio-succinic acid plant located in Sarnia, Ont.
March 2, 2015 - Biofuel producers in Western Canada will soon be able to purify and convert raw glycerol more cost-effectively thanks to an investment of $538,542 from the federal government.
Jan. 26, 2015 – Dalhousie University researcher is looking to give farmers a boost by finding jobs and revenue in agricultural waste, the Chronicle Herald reports.
Jan. 16, 2015 – The industry must move to profitable commercialization, S2G BioChem president and CEO told Biofuels Digest. Investors must start making money to encourage more investment.
Jan. 16, 2015 - The Bio-Based & Sustainable Chemicals Summit will be held in New Orleans from Feb. 4-6 and will include networking opportunities and access to industry experts.
Dec. 19, 2014 - BioAmber has repaid the $25 million loan that it secured in June 2013 and secured a new debt facility with funds managed by Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC. The new $25 million term loan has a three-year maturity and an interest-only period that defers principal repayment until at least September 30, 2015. The Company has improved terms with Tennenbaum and the debt facility is expected to free up an additional $12 million of cash through to the end of 2015.
Like all industrial processes, the creation of pulp leaves a residue of waste. To the Canadian forest-products company Tembec, this waste has spawned a sideline business.
November 13, 2014, Sarnia, Ont. – Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is working with regional partners to discover opportunities for a commercial plant in Sarnia that would turn cornstalks and wheat stalks into sugars for use in the biochemical industry.
November 7, 2014, Montreal, Qué. – BioAmber has provided an update on the construction of its bio-succinic acid plant as part of its third quarter 2014 financial results.
October 7, 2014, Wageningen University - Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research has developed a method that can help companies and government authorities create bio-based chains, from source materials to end products.
October 2, 2014, Montreal, Que. - BioAmber Inc. announced it has signed an exclusive supply agreement for bio-based succinic acid with Xuchuan. Under the terms of the five-year contract, which runs from 2015 to the end of 2019, BioAmber Sarnia will ship to Xuchuan's Chinese facilities bio-based succinic acid it has produced in Sarnia, Ont.
Succinic acid is a valuable commodity. Used in the food and beverage industry as an acidity regulator, and as a component in alkyd resins, petrochemical-based succinic acid is produced at both a high financial and a high environmental cost.
Like many Northern Ontario communities, when Sault Ste. Marie’s 100-year-old paper mill went into receivership due to the changes in market demand for paper-based products, the city’s leadership was uncertain about the future landscape of biomass and the role it would play.
September 25, 2014, West Lafayette, Ind. - Researchers at Purdue University have discovered the structure of the enzyme that makes cellulose, a finding that could lead to easier ways of breaking down plant materials to make biofuels and other products and materials.
September 15, 2014, Mattawa, Ont. – The former Tembec sawmill in Mattawa, Ont. has been sold to the BioNorth Technology Group.
September 5, 2014, Mikkeli, Finland - MHG Systems is to collaborate with Pennine Biomass Ltd. to provide an integrated ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution – MHG Biomass Manager – tailored to the British biomass industry.
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