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Investing in bio-resin

Jun. 4, 2013, Leamington, ON - The Canadian Government is enabling a company to commercialize a “green” bio-plastic, using innovative technology that was developed at the University of Guelph, MP Dave Van Kesteren (Chatham-Kent-Essex), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

Competitive Green Technologies received a repayable contribution of $360,000 from the Agricultural Innovation Program (AIP) to purchase and install equipment to produce biopolymer resin compounds from non-food biomass fibres. These compounds are to be used as input for the plastic moulding industry to make products such as bins and flower pots. The technology to formulate bio-resins was developed by the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre at the University of Guelph and the company has acquired a 10-year exclusive licence in North America.

"This investment has facilitated the commercialization of the first Canadian grown agricultural fibres based bio-composites for consumer markets. It is truly a harbinger of the development of a local bio-economy -- close to where the ag fibers are grown,” says Mike Tiessen, President of Competitive Green Technologies. “It will set the stage for agri-innovation and help Canadian agriculture to integrate with the manufacturing sector, improve environmental sustainability and support an emerging bio-economy."

This project was supported through the Agricultural Innovation Program—a $50-million initiative announced under Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2011. This program was part of the Government’s commitment to help Canadian producers benefit from cutting-edge science and technology and came to an end on March 31, 2013.

For more information on this agreement and the new AgriInnovation Program, please visit

June 4, 2013  By AAFC


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