12 September 2012

Solegear Bioplastics to develop new bioplastic technology with the National Research Council of Canada

Collaboration to focus on creating customized, high-performance bioplastic solutions

Solegear Bioplastics Inc., a developer of award-winning bioplastic technologies, has teamed up with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to jointly develop new bioplastic using their respective proprietary formulations and technologies.

Since commercializing its initial portfolio of 100% non-toxic, bio-based and compostable bioplastics in 2010, Solegear has focused on creating customized, high-performance bioplastic solutions for some of the world’s leading companies. This has been achieved by collaborating with an international team of scientists, creating partnerships through the full plastics supply chain and consistently developing new technologies that increase the strength, processability and real-world performance of today’s bioplastics.

“The collaboration with NRC builds on the partnership we’ve had since 2007.” says Solegear CEO, and founder Toby Reid, “The Polymer Bioproducts team at the NRC is world-renowned for their understanding and expertise in stabilizing bioplastics, and is a great fit with our technology for modifying specific performance characteristics of bioplastics. This project sets the stage to deliver significant technology breakthroughs that would be otherwise unachievable if we both worked independently. It’s Canadian collaboration and innovation in action.”

“The team at Solegear has done an excellent job to identify key market opportunities in the rapidly growing field of biopolymers. Their technological expertise and their commercialization acumen make them a valuable partner in our efforts to bring these Canadian innovations to the market,” says Nathalie Legros, Group Leader for Polymer Bioproducts at NRC. “We look forward to continued success with Solegear and to helping make Canada a leader in biopolymers and bioproducts.”

About Solegear Bioplastics Inc.
Solegear, based in Vancouver BC, engineers, produces and distributes high-performance bioplastic made from rapidly renewable resources. Founded in 2006, Solegear has developed proprietary bioplastics formulations under the brand name Polysole® – a 100% non-toxic, bio-based and compostable bioplastic. In 2010, Solegear was awarded Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Award recognizing outstanding achievement and superior performance in leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development.

Source: Solegear Bioplastics Inc., press release, 2012-09-12.

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