Canadian Biomass Magazine

Origin begins commercial-scale biochemicals production at Sarnia, Ont., plant

October 20, 2023
By Origin Materials

Origin Materials, Inc. announced the commencement of commercial-scale production at Origin 1, located in Sarnia, Ont., the first commercial plant of its kind.

The state-of-the-art plant scales up the company’s core technology platform for converting sustainable wood residues into intermediate chemicals, including CMF, HTC, and oils and extractives. Origin 1 enables, for the first time, the commercial-scale production of Origin’s versatile chemical building-blocks, which can decarbonize and improve the performance of a wide range of end-products, including bio-based apparel and textiles, green tires for the automotive industry, and bio-based and fully recyclable packaging, targeting a ~$1 trillion addressable market.

“This start of production at Origin 1 is a key inflection point in our effort to decarbonize the world’s physical goods,” said John Bissell, co-founder and Co-CEO of Origin Materials. “As an operating chemical plant, Origin 1 proves our technology’s scalability and brings online an important manufacturing capability that helps us meet the growing demand for our technology and products as the world moves aggressively to a zero-carbon future. We are excited to expand the deployment of our platform now that we have achieved commercial-scale production.”


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