Stemergy: Renewable Fibre Technology

Ontario BioCar Initiative holds first annual research meeting and inaugural advisory board meeting.

8 May 2008

The Ontario BioCar Initiative held it's first annual research meeting and inaugural advisory board meeting at Guelph University with welcoming address by Dr. Amar Mohanty, Premier's Research Chair in Biomaterials & Transportation, University of Guelph. This was followed with research poster presentations as well as an industry presentation by Dr. Hamdy Khalil, Global Director of Research and Development, and Product Development, Woodbridge and outreach activities by Dr. Valerie Davidson, NSERC/HP Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, University of Guelph.

Geof Kime, President of Stemergy Renewable Fibre Technologies was in attendance as a private sector advisor to the BioCar Initiative and had this to say” This is a very impressive and well thought out project that will lead to new and additional uses for biofibers and biomaterials in automotive applications. We are excited to be involved, and judging from the quality of the other industry and academic participants, it is clear the bio-fibre and bio-material space is an active, global sector with substantial growth potential.”

The Ontario BioCar Initiative represents a partnership between the automotive industry and the public sector, aimed at accelerating the use of biomass in automotive materials.

The research team from four Universities, University of Guelph, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and University of Windsor, was granted $5.9M from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, $5.9M matching Institutional funds and $5.9M from 12 private sector partners. Through this public and private sector research, we will establish a globally leading initiative to bring products from the field and forest to the highway.

With the focus on the replacement of petroleum-based products by biochemicals and high content bio-fibre materials, the outcomes of research will have a significant positive effect on the profitability of Ontario farming, Ontario forestry, and create a sustainable, competitive edge for the Ontario automotive value chain.

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Stemergy bio-fiber is focused on producing and supplying renewable bio-fibres - derived from annual stem fiber plants such as flax and hemp - to the expanding global bio-fiber marketplace.