Modern Manufacturing

Biobased Materials for Manufacturing Plastics, Automotive Parts Deliver Smart Jobs and Growth

Industrial biotechnology applies the science of biotechnology for industrial purposes, using cells, enzymes and renewable organic material for manufacturing, alternative energy creation and production, and to develop a range of sustainable bio materials.

Across the globe, industrial biotechnology firms are renewing traditional industries, from chemicals to forestry and automotive manufacturing with renewable products and processes. These technologies offer environmentally cleaner solutions, using and reusing what is traditionally considered waste – corn stalks or even garbage - as feedstocks for consumer and industrial products, from fuels to environmental cleanup solution.

Harper Government Supports Canada’s First Commercial Bio-based Chemical Plant

From left to right - Mr.Hidetomo Araki (General Manager, Biochemicals Dept. Mitsui & Co.,Ltd. Head office); Hidebumi Kasuga (General Manager, Specialty Chemicals Division II, Mitsui & Co.,Ltd. Head office); Jean-Francois Huc (Presdient, CEO and Director - BioAmber); Minister Ritz; Tetsuo Komuro (President and Chief Executive Officer, Mitsui & Co.(Canada) Ltd.); MP Patricia Davidson (Sarnia-Lambton) on the BioAmber construction site in Sarnia.

February 19, 2014 - Sarnia, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced a significant repayable investment by the Government of Canada in BioAmber Sarnia, to help the industry leader build the world’s largest commercial plant to produce bio-based succinic acid.
Succinic acid is a key chemical used by a wide variety of manufacturing industries.
This Government investment will help to generate jobs and enhance the bottom line of corn farmers by supporting the commercialization of an innovative manufacturing process that uses corn-derived feedstock to produce succinic acid. This process replaces the conventional petrochemical method of producing the acid, and is carbon neutral. 

Biotechnology Industry Welcomes Government Investment in Clean Chemical Production


Many products can be found in Canadian households: shingles, insulation, carpet, linoleum, detergents, shampoo, cosmetics, lotions, soap.

Some are industrial solvents, paints, glues, or lubricants.

Bio-pesticides, and bio-remediation using yeast or bacteria offer new solutions for oil spill cleanup, biodegradable pesticides, or safe municipal sewage and water cleanup options.


The ultimate in use and reuse. Industrial companies take biomass materials creating market opportunities for rural communities. Farmers are growing these crops on semi-arid conditions and marginal lands, enabling widespread production while not disrupting food crops.

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