BIC invests in waste up-cycling company GreenMantra Technologies

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
April 05, 2018
Written by Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
April 5, 2018 - Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) has made an investment in GreenMantra Technologies (GMT), a Brantford-based company that has made significant progress in up-cycling waste plastics, building a substantial ‘clean-tech’ enterprise by producing high value applications for their regional customers.

GMT has systematically increased its portfolio over time by continually adjusting their patented thermo-catalytic depolymerization process, allowing the company to effectively tailor applications for their customers using waste polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), and polystyrene (PS). GMT’s process has already been proven on a commercial scale, as the company has healthy sales volumes and positive customer reviews attesting to the superior quality of the various products, which GMT’s wax additives are utilized in.

BIC is co-investing in GreenMantra Technologies with Cycle Capital Management and ArcTern Ventures, with whom BIC recently entered into memoranda of understanding in order to co-operate in seeking sustainable investment candidates.

“Green Mantra’s technology for plastics recycle represents a significant breakthrough on several fronts. First, the ability to depolymerize waste ethylene-based polymers in a controlled manner to directly yield value added products –something never achieved before. Second, the potential to extend their technology to styrene-based waste polymers and in particular expanded versions –another first. Bioindustrial Innovation Canada is pleased to fund this innovative endeavour,” said Paul Clark, retired Nova Chemicals vice-president, research & technology.

To qualify for BIC investment, GMT completed a process under BIC’s initiative program, The Centre for Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation (COMM SCI), which acts as a hub for the commercialization of sustainable chemistry and bio-based innovation.

“We’re gratified and excited that BIC has chosen to invest in GMT’s technology and people,” said Jodie Morgan, CEO of GreenMantra. “Our mission is to provide customers with high-value products that simultaneously advance a more circular economy for plastics where they are beneficially reused rather than ending up in our oceans and landfills. Having BIC as a partner in this project is a major milestone for us.”

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