Canadian biomass and composites industries get $2.9M

Federal funding to promote innovation and production of products derived from agricultural materials.

November 8, 2016   Joe Terrett

WINNIPEG — Composites Innovation Centre Manitoba (CIC) has received $2.9 million in funding to develop biomass quality standards measurement techniques, and for overcoming technology barriers to the adoption of natural fibres in the composites industry.

The federal Growing Forward 2 (GF2) AgriMarketing Program will provide up to $982,075 to identify quality gaps and develop quality standards and measurement techniques to further the commercialization of Canadian biomass derived from plant materials in four bioproducts sectors: biomaterials, biochemical, biofuels and bioenergy.

The GF2 AgriInnovation Program will provide up to $1.9 million for research into how the strength and quality of composites can be affected by farming practices, varieties and weather.

The Winnipeg-based CIC will also develop more robust composites that combine fibres with plastic resins to produce parts for buses, cars and farm equipment.


The CIC is a not-for-profit corporation that supports and stimulates economic growth through innovative research, development and the application of composite materials and technologies for manufacturing industries.

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