Ontario BioAuto Council funded by Government of Ontario



    GUELPH, ON, March 8 /CNW/ - The seemingly disparate sectors of
agriculture, auto-parts, auto-assembly, forestry, and chemicals and plastics
manufacturing moved one-step closer today with the Government of Ontario's
announcement of funding for the Ontario BioAuto Council.
    "Today the Government of Ontario has not only shown their support for our
organization and our vision but also their commitment to the larger global
bio-economy and a cleaner, more economically diverse Ontario," said BioAuto
Council Executive Director, Terry Daynard from the announcement location at
the Premier's Summit on Agriculture at Queen's Park.
    The Ontario BioAuto Council is working to link agriculture and forestry
with the chemical and plastics industry to produce materials and chemicals
from biological feedstocks. The bio-based materials - such as flexible foams
and rigid plastics would be supplied to the auto-parts manufacturers and auto
assemblers for incorporation into Ontario-made cars and trucks. The Council is
also working to identify other markets for bio-based materials such as the
packaging and construction sectors.
    "Forestry, agriculture and the polymer industry linked to the manufacture
of automobile parts, and other related higher-value, quality-dependent
materials, represents a unique opportunity for Ontario to capture a
substantial share of what is projected to be a $50 billion global market for
bio-based plastics by the year 2015," noted BioAuto Council Chair Bernard West
- former President of Canada Colors and Chemicals Limited.
    The opportunities for producing automobile parts and related materials
from biological feedstocks lie in many different areas. For example soybean
oil can be transformed into a plastic precursor and incorporated into
polyurethane foams for application in car seats, bedding or furniture. The
Woodbridge Group - based in Mississauga and a BioAuto Council member - is a
global pioneering leader in the development and application of this
technology.
    Other opportunities exist in fine chemical manufacturing using lignin and
hemicellulose from trees; enhanced biofibre production - from agriculture or
forestry sources - for use in composite materials and as a replacement to
fiberglass.

    The Ontario BioAuto Council operates under a founding advisory board made
up of representation from automotive assembly and automobile manufacturing
companies, agriculture, forestry, chemical and plastic manufacturing, public
research, and several Ontario ministries. The Council has an office in Guelph.





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