GreenCore Composites Inc., a manufacturer of natural-fiber composites based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, was recently the recipient of a $775,000 (CAN) grant from the Ontario BioAuto Council Commercialization Fund (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), to foster further development of its trademarked Green Inside fiber-reinforced thermoplastic materials. “The innovation showcased in the Green Inside pellets produced by GreenCore Composites made our decision to invest very easy,” says Dr. Bernard West, chair of the Ontario BioAuto Council. “The BioAuto Council is excited to support the commercialization of this world-class technology in an Ontario enterprise.”
GreenCore Composites uses proprietary technologies developed at the University of Toronto to compound pellets for conventional injection molded and extruded semistructural and structural products. Green Inside pellets replace petroleum-based resins and glass fibers with sustainable natural (cellulosic) fibers and bio-polymers. According to the company, the compound offers higher performance properties when compared to current injection molded and extruded natural fiber composite (NFC) products, including commodity materials used in residential building products, such as wood plastic composite decking. Green Inside pellets offer minimal loss in mechanical performance when recycled or used as regrind. Further, they can be compounded with conventional colorants and additives. “GreenCore Composites has been working aggressively to commercialize this technology as we see immediate opportunity for our novel composites in Ontario’s industrial sectors — most notably the automotive sector,” says Geoff Clarke, president and CEO of GreenCore Composites. “The investment from the BioAuto Council will go a long way toward accelerating our product development and refining our production processes.”
GreenCore’s was the first award announced by the BioAuto Council, a not-for-profit organization established to encourage cooperation between auto parts manufacturers, chemical and plastics manufacturers and agricultural groups in the development of materials and chemicals from biological feedstocks. Its commercialization fund targets near-market-ready innovations that lead to production of basic bio-plastic and bio-composite materials and the use of these materials in automotive parts, furniture, construction materials and other consumer and industrial products.