The birthplace of Canada’s petrochemical industry, dating back to the 1850s, the Sarnia-Lambton area represents the country’s second largest collection of companies in the petrochemical and refining sector. Paired with Ontario’s most abundant supply of agricultural feedstocks, Sarnia-Lambton has become Canada’s premier location for the development of and investment in clean, green, and sustainable chemistry technologies.
The Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster is made up of more than thirty-five interrelated chemical facilities with processes ranging across the hybrid chemistry value chain, integrating the traditional hydrocarbon-based economy with the industrial bio-economy for the production of high-value products. Through an investment focus connecting emerging economic development opportunities for products made from renewable resources – biofuels, bio-materials, and renewable chemicals – with existing industry and infrastructure, the area is recognized around the world as a centre for bio-industrial manufacturing and research and development.
Fostered by key local and regional partnerships including industry, colleges, research parks, and government, the transformation and diversification of the local economy to support clean and green chemistry opportunities, has resulted in the Sarnia-Lambton Hybrid Chemistry Cluster–a cluster that allows bio-based industry to increase productivity and operational efficiency, stimulate and enable innovation, and facilitate commercialization and new business formation.
Why Choose Sarnia-Lambton?
- A culture of collaborative innovation based on recognition of the area’s natural fit for merging hydrocarbon-based and industrial bio-based economies.
- Established process infrastructure ideally suited to emerging bio-based industries, can save new projects twenty percent on capital costs. This is supported by an industrial base of more than 80
local firms with expertise from plant concept, construction, full operation, and maintenance.
- Outstanding access to markets via road, rail, and deep sea port transportation infrastructure.
- Proximity to oil, natural gas, and bio-based feedstocks. These include substantial quantities of soybeans, wheat, corn, agricultural residues, sugar beets, and related biomass.
- Strong government support including a competitive corporate tax environment, incentives, and grants.
- Skilled workforce specializing in skills required for the hybrid chemistry industry.
- Education, innovation, and research & development emphasize the commercialization hub process.
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