Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster
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Sarnia-Lambton is emergying as a world centre for bioindustrial manufacturing and R&D. The emerging Sarnia-Lambton Biohybrid Chemistry Cluster is based on an 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, R&D facilities, and a very proactive community.
Recent activity in the bioindustrial sector includes:
BioAmber - North America's first biosuccinic acid plant, currently under construction in Sarnia
GreenCore Composites - manufacturing NCell (TM) natural fiber reinforced thermoplastics
KmX Corporaton - operating pilot biobutanol plant at Western University Sarnia-Lambton Research Park
Woodland Biofuels - operating cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant at the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre, at the Western University Sarnia-Lambton Campus
Methes Energies Canada - produces biodiesel at its Sombra facility in St. Clair Township
The Canadian and Provincial governments' choice of Sarnia-Lambton as the site of The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre of Canada reaffirms our area's leadership in the field of industrial bioproducts. The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre is located at Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park at 1086 Modeland Road, Sarnia. The Bioindustrial Innovation Centre provides companies access to labs and pilot plant facilities. Scientists are on site.
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 Research Park, there is great potential in Sarnia-Lambton for the development of bioplastics and biocomposites in the production of automotive parts.