Ontario BioAuto Council receives $6 million for development and demonstration of bio-based materials



    GUELPH, ON, March 22 /CNW/ - The opportunity for producing Ontario-made
automobile parts and related materials from biological feedstocks moved one
step closer to reality today with the announcement of $6 million for the
Ontario BioAuto Council.
    "Today the Government of Ontario made another important investment in
Ontario's future as a leader in the bio-economy. The funding for the BioAuto
Council will help us move forward with our commitment to building new
commercial opportunities based on biological feedstocks for Ontario's leading
industrial sectors," said Terry Daynard, Executive Director for the BioAuto
Council.
    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. Opportunities
also exist in fine chemical manufacturing using lignin and hemicellulose from
trees and enhanced biofibre production - from agriculture or forestry sources
- for use in composite materials and as a replacement to fiberglass.
    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 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.





For further information:

For further information: Terry Daynard, Executive Director, (519)
654-6768; Erin Cheney Director, business development, (519) 993-0870

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