FibreCITY centre gets $1.9M to grade biofibres

Federal investment will be used to purchase equipment for first agricultural fibre grading centre.

January 23, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

WINNIPEG—The Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) has received $1.9 million in federal funding to establish a centre for the use of agricultural products through the Western Diversification Program.

The investment will help the CIC purchase equipment to establish the Prairie Agriculture Fibre Characterization Industrial Technology Capability (FibreCITY) centre, Canada’s first agricultural fibre grading centre. The facility will be used to  evaluate and grade the capabilities of agricultural fibres to help Canadian manufacturers get a head-start on advancing the commercialization of biofibre products.

“Of paramount importance to having industry, for example ground transportation vehicle manufacturers, readily accept using agriculturally grown natural fibres in their products, is to have an assurance that these materials will last the life time of the vehicle,” said Sean McKay, Executive Director of the Composites Innovation Centre.

The Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) is a non-profit organization established in 2003 to stimulate economic growth through industry-driven applied research and development of industrial applications for advanced biocomposite materials.

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