GreenCore Composites Inc. announced the successful completion of its NCellTM High Performance Nature Fibre Composites project, co-funded by the Ontario BioAuto Council. With the support of a $755,000 grant from the Council, GreenCore has developed renewable natural fibre reinforced composite materials using a unique manufacturing technology process that improves productivity and capacity, all at a lower cost to manufacturers, and ultimately end-consumers.
GreenCore’s ability to replace up to 40% of synthetic polymer content with wood fibres provides weight savings of up to 20% compared to traditional glass fibre materials, lowers CO2 emissions and improves recyclability. This start-up company has already commercialized its first product and hired new staff. With recent successful financing, as well as a distribution agreement with Optima Colour, GreenCore is now focusing on rapid growth in the automotive, sports/recreation and food service industries.
“From the very beginning, the Ontario BioAuto Council believed in GreenCore’s product and value proposition. It is no surprise to us that there is such interest in NCellTM materials and the completion of this innovative project is just one of many successes ahead for GreenCore,” said Craig Crawford, President and CEO of the Council.
Geoff Clarke, President and CEO for GreenCore, stated “the generous funding from the BioAuto Council allowed us to move much more quickly from a research stage into the marketplace. Our membership with the Council has opened many doors and we appreciate their continued support.”
The Ontario BioAuto Council is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization that was established in 2007 with $6 million from the Province of Ontario. The Council supports and connects chemicals, plastics, manufacturing and auto-parts companies with agriculture and forestry, in order to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies and build global market demand for affordable, sustainable biobased materials.
GreenCore Composites is a cleantech manufacturer of natural fibre reinforced thermoplastic materials for companies seeking more environmentally friendly and advanced “green” materials to mold or extrude products. NCellTM materials, a combination of microfibers and thermoplastic polymers, are uniquely strong and meet the need for lightweight products that use less energy to mold, reduce tooling wear and provide cost savings. These advance materials are manufactured in Mississauga, Ontario.
Vicki Leith, Director Operations & Program Management Ontario BioAuto Council
Geoff Clarke, President & CEO GreenCore Composites Inc.
Source: GreenCore Composites Inc., press release, 2011-07-18.