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Sarnia-Lambton is justifiably becoming known around the world as a centre for bioindustrial manufacturing and R&D.  Sarnia-Lambton possesses a number of key features that form an excellent base for this type of manufacturing and R&D: extensive infrastructure that is suited to bioindustrial industries; excellent manufacturing locations with deep water marine dockage; the presence of a major refining and chemical complex; and a Bioindustrial Innovation Canada accelerator facility (BIC) at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. The BIC accelerator provides companies access to labs and pilot plant facilities.   

Companies locating in Sarnia-Lambton will be joining a proactive community that is charting its own future as a global bio centre.

Recent activity in Sarnia-Lambton's bioindustrial sector includes:

  • BioAmber - North America's first biosuccinic acid plant, currently under construction at the Lanxess Bluewater Energy Park, Sarnia
  • GreenCore Composites - manufacturing NCell (TM) natural fiber reinforced thermoplastics  at the BIC accelerator, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
  • KmX Corporaton - operating pilot biobutanol plant at the BIC accelerator, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
  • Woodland Biofuels - operating cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant at the BIC accelerator, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
  • Methes Energies Canada - produces biodiesel at its Sombra facility in  St. Clair Township
The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is a joint venture of the University of Western Ontario, the County of Lambton, and the City of Sarnia. The Park is operated by the University of Western Ontario. Staff at the Research Park work with companies to assess their innovation needs, access innovation resources, and unlock the innovation potential in their business, product, service, process, or idea.

Sarnia-Lambton is an active participant in the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance.  Made up of companies, associations, and individuals representing the chemistry value chain, this group is working to established Ontario as a global leader in innovative, environmentally sustainable, chemical products, technologies and processes.

Companies are taking advantage of Sarnia-Lambton's strengths in the development of industrial bioproducts. Suncor Energy's ethanol plant, located in Sarnia-Lambton, has a production capacity of 400 million liters of ethanol annually; making it the largest ethanol plant in Canada.

Sarnia-Lambton is a an international leader in refining and petrochemical products.  The infrastructure and industries already in place in Sarnia-Lambton provide an excellent foundation for industrial bioprocesses, and the area is gaining an international reputation as a bioprocessing and R&D centre.

Sarnia-Lambton is an important agriculture area and an Ontario leader in the production of soybean, wheat and corn, which can be used in the production of grain-based fuels and chemicals. As technology evolves, potential exists for cellulose-based chemicals.  

Located on the automotive corridor between Toronto and Detroit, and given the proximity between feedstock, industry, and the presence of The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, there is great potential in Sarnia-Lambton for the development of bioplastics and biocomposites in the production of automotive parts.