4/18/2013 - GreenCore Composites adds industry depth to its business team with Ian Inch as Vice President, Business & Technology Development, and Muhammad Pervaiz as Technical Service and Development Representative.
GreenCore is pleased to announce its recent hire of Ian Inch, who joins our team as Vice President, Business & Technology Development. Ian will lead the commercialisation of NCell® globally and the development of the previously announced new green technology for NPol™ products that will displace glass fibre and other reinforced thermoplastic polymers in broader markets.
Ian's background in building profitable sales globally, developing product technology, and overall senior level of experience will help GreenCore to accelerate grow and consolidate its leadership position within the natural fibre composite market. "Industry seeks a competitive and innovative natural fibre composite technology backed by a strong technical organisation," said Ian. "With NCell, the leading natural fibre composite for structural and semi-structural applications, and a creative team focussed on developing new, innovative products, GreenCore is positioned for rapid growth." Ian went on to say "I am really excited to be part of the team focussed on creating more sustainable materials".
Ian comes to GreenCore with over 25 years in the Plastics Industry. Most recently, as Director, Strategic Projects, BASF, he led a North American initiative to increase the profitability of the Plastic Additive Business. Prior to that, at CIBA he was Global Head, Customer Specific Additives followed by Director, Co-Producer Contract & Projects. He has a M.Sc. from Guelph University and a MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University. Ian's appointment comes at the conclusion of another financing in support of the Company's relocation of its production line to Sarnia, Ontario where it will to bring on a new technology line in Q4, 2013. Amber Beyak, Manufacturing Engineer, at Sarnia, is our contact at this location.
GreenCore is pleased to announce its recent hire of Muhammad Pervaiz who will join our team as Technical Service and Development Representative. Muhammad will provide customer technical support and participate in the development and commercialization of our advanced composite materials.
Muhammad brings 25 years of experience in this industry which includes the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing (CBBP) at the UoT, Hartmann Canada, and Century Paper and Board Mill in Pakistan. His broad research and industrial experience involving thermoplastic composites manufacturing, petroleum and bio-based polymers, and nano-cellulose development combined with the processing and molding of these materials adds an important strength to GreenCore as we accelerate our focus on global markets and customers. "I look forward to being a part of an exciting growth opportunity and taking part in the global drive to reduce CO2 emissions." said Muhammad Pervaiz.
He has a PhD from the University of Toronto in polymer chemistry including bio-materials design, an M. SC. also from the UoT, and a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Punjan, Pakistan, with a focus on process technical and control, chemical reaction engineering and industrial management. Muhammad received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, PGS D3 Award (PhD 2009-2012), the John and Rose Ziner Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology and the University Merit Fellowship. He has written and co-authored relevant technical journals and a number of patents applications.
"GreenCore is experiencing growing customer interest in NCell after its launch to companies around the world," said Geoff Clarke, CEO, GreenCore Composites. "Ian's business acumen and track record combined with the complementary strengths and experience of Muhammad is exactly what the company needs to launch its rapid growth phase."e>
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2/28/2013 - GreenCore Composites to relocate manufacturing facility to Sarnia, Ontario
Today, Geoff Clarke, President & CEO of GreenCore Composites Inc., announced the relocation of its manufacturing facility from Mississauga, Ontario to the Western SARNIA- Lambton Research Park in Sarnia, Ontario. The relocation and equipment enhancements is a $175,000 capital investment and will create over 15 direct and indirect jobs within three years. The move was supported by a loan of $300,000 from the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation. The proceeds will also allow GreenCore to continue execution of the new technology project supported by CRIBE (see news item 8/1/2012). This technology, based on a new mixing process, will allow GreenCore to capture additional markets for cellulose-based natural fibre composites from filled and unfilled thermoplastics. GreenCore anticipates completing this project by Q1, 2014.
"This move, and financing, gives us space to install the production new line which we did not have at our previous location", said Geoff Clarke, President and CEO. He continued by saying "it also allows us to configure the lines for greater productivity and locates us near the US markets where we expect rapid growth"
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8/1/2012 - GreenCore Composites to develop new products from wood fibre
The Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is partnering with GreenCore Composites to develop a new green technology process that will allow wood fibre to be used in a number of new products for the packaging and building applications, such as pallets and various containers.
This new mixing process will be added to GreenCore’s existing NCell™ technology allowing GreenCore to widen the type of products in which glass fibre and other compounds such as plastics can be replaced with wood fibre composite materials.
CRIBE is providing $320,000 to GreenCore Composites for this important project that will position GreenCore as the market leader in natural fibre composites and Ontario as a leader in creating a more sustainable and greener economy.
GreenCore has already demonstrated that they are capable of replacing glass fibre reinforced compounds which are used in a wide variety of products but are extremely energy intensive to produce with wood fibre composites using their patented pending NCell™ technology.
This wood fibre composite has been successfully piloted in many applications, from automotive parts, to rigid containers, furniture, and industrial products. The benefits include enhanced sustainability, reduced energy costs and lower carbon emissions. This technology is expected to grow GreenCore’s workforce from its current level of 6 employees to 40-45 by 2016.
"Partnerships such as the one our government has with CRIBE help advance Ontario’s green agenda and create jobs. As a leader in clean energy innovation, Ontario is well positioned to compete in world markets," said Minister of Economic Development and Innovation Brad Duguid.
"There are so many benefits if we can replace the glass and plastic compounds used in a variety of consumer products with a compound made from a natural product like wood," said Lorne Morrow, CEO CRIBE. "Not only are these type of products less energy intensive to produce but they are environmentally friendly and provide a new market for Ontario’s sustainably managed forest industry."
"A key milestone for us this year was the approval and use of NCell™ in several consumer and industrial products, such as a range of tough storage containers for both consumer and industrial uses" said Geoff Clarke, President and CEO, GreenCore Composites. "Our true strength comes from our team and the important partnerships that we have with UofT for lab facilities and Tembec our wood fibre supplier."
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7/1/2012 - Dr. Mohini Sain appointed Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, in addition to his duties as Professor
Dr. Sain specializes in advanced nancellulose technology, biocomposites and bio-nanocomposites at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Forestry, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry. He is a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and Fellow of Academy of Canadian Engineers. He is also an adjunct professor of the Chemical Engineering Departments at the University of New Brunswick, King Abdullah University, Jeddah; University of Guelph, University of Lulea, Sweden, Honorary Professor at Slovak Technical University and Institute of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, and collaborates with American and European research institutes and universities.
Prof. Sain is known globally for his pioneering work on the Biocar Initiative and in 2009 Toronto Life magazine featured his idea as the second best among 25 World Changing Ideas from the Smartest Torontonians. Dr. Sain holds several awards; recent ones are the Plastic Innovation Award and KALEV PUGI Award for his innovation and contribution to Industry. He is author of more than 400 papers and is designated as a "hi-cited" researcher by Reuter Thompson. He has more than 30 technology transfers to industry and created new companies for making products ranging from packaging to automotive to building construction to packaging materials.
He is co-author of world's first book on Cellulose nanocomposites. He is involved in many global strategic research policy developments, standardization, and research funding strategic councils in an advisory role. He is a highly acclaimed engineering consultant in materials and works with close to a 100 companies worldwide.
Prof. Sain's is a pioneer in creating non-profit organizations that are highly meaningful for society at large. He is the founding member of Canadian natural Composite Association and the Ontario BioAuto Council. He has championed world's WPC industry by actively perusing his vision of the global important of this green and emerging industry. He chaired many of these committees and helped nurture this industry to over billion dollar market.
Dr. Sain is on the Board of Directors as well as a Technical Consultant to GreenCore Composites, Inc. "Bringing together Mohini's experience and research in this area, and the resources of the University of Toronto, makes it possible to develop and commercialize innovative products needed for sustainable manufacture", said Geoff Clarke, CEO and President of GreenCore Composites Inc.
6/17/2012 - GreenCore Composites inventor wins CPIA 2012 Plastics Innovator Award
The Plastics Innovation Award is for those companies or individuals that have contributed to the expansion of the Canadian plastics industry, through advancement of plastic technology. This year's Plastics Innovator Award winner is Dr. Mohini Sain, Professor and Director, Centre for BioComposites and BioMaterials, University of Toronto.
Dr. Sain is an academic and entrepreneur with a 25 year career in the polymer and industrial bioproducts sectors. He is also one of the inventors of the natural fibre composite technology commercialized by GreenCore Composites Inc. and a Technology Consultant to the Company.
"Well deserved" said Geoff Clarke, CEO of GreenCore Composite Inc., "and, yes, these natural fibre composites will contribute to the global transformation of the plastics industry to be more sustainable and reduce CO2 emissions."
Dr. Sain continually provides leadership in academia and technology commercialization to industry by actively involving himself in the creation of flagship programs such as Canadian Natural Composite Council, ISO Standardization committee for Nanotechnology, BIOCAR, and Ontario BioAuto Council.
Editor of multiple books, creator of spin-off companies, author of hundreds of publications and patents, Mohini holds a degree in Polymer Engineering from IIT, India and a PhD in chemical technology from Technical University, Bratislava, received honorary doctorate degree in 2009 and received several national and international awards for his contribution to academia and industry.
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7/18/2011 - Greencore Composites Inc. Completes Project With Support From The Ontario Bioauto Council
GreenCore Composites Inc. announced the successful completion of its NCellTM High Performance Nature Fibre Composites project, co-funded by the Ontario BioAuto Council.
With the support of a $755,000 grant from the Council, GreenCore has developed renewable natural fibre reinforced composite materials using a unique manufacturing technology process that improves productivity and capacity, all at a lower cost to manufacturers, and ultimately end-consumers.
GreenCore's ability to replace up to 40% of synthetic polymer content with wood fibres provides weight savings of up to 20% compared to traditional glass fibre materials, lowers CO 2 emissions and improves recyclability. This start-up company has already commercialized its first product and hired new staff. With recent successful financing, as well as a distribution agreement with Optima Colour, GreenCore is now focusing on rapid growth in the automotive, sports/recreation and food service industries.
"From the very beginning, the Ontario BioAuto Council believed in GreenCore's product and value proposition. It is no surprise to us that there is such interest in NCellTM materials and the completion of this innovative project is just one of many successes ahead for GreenCore," said Craig Crawford, President and CEO of the Council.
Geoff Clarke, President and CEO for GreenCore, stated "the generous funding from the BioAuto Council allowed us to move much more quickly from a research stage into the marketplace. Our membership with the Council has opened many doors and we appreciate their continued support."
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6/23/2011 - GreenCore Composites and Optima Colour sign agreement for distribution of NCell™ Natural Fiber reinforced Thermoplastics
Optima Colour and GreenCore Composites Inc. are pleased to announce a distribution agreement by which Optima Colour will be the official distributor of GreenCore's NCell™ Natural Fiber Composites for consumer and industrial markets in Ontario, Quebec and Eastern Canada.
• GreenCore NCell™ natural fiber thermoplastics are a family of high-performance Lignocellulosic – thermoplastic compounds for injection molding and extrusion.
• NCell™ compounds are supplied in standard pellet form, and may be used as drop-in replacement on existing tooling and molding equipment.
• NCell™ 40 compounds offer up to a 100% increase in mechanical properties such as tensile strength, when compared to other commercially available Natural Fiber Composites such as those manufactured from hemp, flax, and wood flour.
• In many applications, NCell™ 40-PP is capable of replacing glass-reinforced polymers.
Tyler Kilgannon, VP Marketing and Development for Optima Colour explains, "GreenCore NCell™ products allow Optima to continue to bring innovative technologies to injection molders and profile extruders while continuing our commitment to developing green plastics solutions."
"This is an important step to make a real penetration in the North American market as Optima Colour has extensive customer exposure, allowing for our NCell™ compounds to be a utilized as a drop in replacement for current fiber reinforced and virgin polymers" adds Sam Hasan, VP Marketing and Business Development for GreenCore.
GreenCore Composites is a Cleantech manufacturer of natural fiber reinforced thermoplastic materials for companies seeking more environmentally friendly and advanced "green" materials to mold or extrude products ranging from automotive parts to rigid containers, sports equipment and furniture. NCellTM materials, a combination of microfibers and thermoplastic polymers, are uniquely strong and meet the need for lightweight products that use less energy to mold, reduce tooling wear and provide cost savings when compared to glass reinforced polymers. These advance materials are manufactured in Mississauga, ON.
Optima Colour is a Cambridge Ontario Canada based producer of custom colour concentrates, specialty additive master batches and compounded resin systems. Optima Colour also produces an extensive range of environmentally conscious masterbatches and compounds under its GreenPlanet product range for film, sheet, molding and extrusion applications. Optima Colour is recognized for its unmatchable customer attention, reliable service and unique product offering.
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11/5/2010 - GreenCore Composites announces financing from GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund and Sustainable Chemistry Alliance
GreenCore Composites Inc. today announced it has secured financing from investment funds controlled by GrowthWorks Commercialization Fund Ltd. and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. These funds will be used to continue the development and commercial launch of GreenCore’s pipeline of NCell™ natural fibre composites. These composites target the replacement or reduction in use of materials such as glass fibres in structural and semi-structural applications to enhance sustainability, and reduce both energy costs and CO2 output.
"By successfully raising significant financing, GreenCore is now well capitalized for our growth plans, providing us with the ability to invest in future projects in development and operations, while also giving us the flexibility to accelerate our growth through attractive licensing or partnership opportunities," said Geoff Clarke, President & CEO. "The Company is now optimally positioned to continue our strong rate of developing world-class premium natural fibre products for selected international markets."
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12/7/2009 - GreenCore Composites announces NCell™ High Performance Natural Fiber reinforced Thermoplastics and New application in the Skooper Gardening Tool
GreenCore announced today the launch of its NCell™ series of high-performance natural fiber reinforced thermoplastics for injection molding and extrusion applications. "GreenCore NCell™ 40-PP is the first in a line of environmentally preferred products and we are working on others to be launched next year." said Geoff Clarke, President & CEO. "End users are looking for products that significantly reduce both cost and the use of thermoplastics based on non-renewable resources."
Utilizing proprietary Microfiber Technology, NCell™ 40-PP is a polyolefin based compound that offers up to 60% increase in mechanical performance when compared to other commercially available natural fiber composites. In certain applications, NCell™ is capable of replacing glass-reinforced materials. When compared to glass, natural fibers used in NCell™ are renewable, non-abrasive on tooling, and due to their lower density, offer the Customer weight reduction opportunities in their products.
"We have been aggressively sampling NCell™ over the past year in markets as diverse as Automotive, Toys, Lawn & Garden, and Furniture, and we are pleased to announce incorporation of NCell™ into an innovative new garden tool called the Skooper." said Vince Yan, Technical Development Manager. Invented by Mr. Augustine Jones and manufactured in Canada, the Skooper is the easiest way to pick up garden waste and is available both online at Skooper.ca and through Retailers across Ontario.
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12/1/2008 - New Private Sector Financing solidifies Ontario firm's Leadership position in Natural-Fibre Composites
GreenCore is delighted to announce the completion of a successful financing round; securing $850,000 in private equity. First Leaside Visions Limited Partnership located in Uxbridge, Ontario, was the major participant. "GreenCore is thankful to the Province for its financial support and the early stage funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Recently announced funding from the Ontario BioAuto Council and the new private equity will help to ensure that our objectives of further process development, new fibre composites and customer driven product design and engineering are achieved," noted Geoff Clarke, GreenCore President and CEO.
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12/10/2007 - GreenCore Recognized as one of Canada's Top 10 Cleantech Companies for 2007/2008
GreenCore was selected by an independent expert panel of Canadian and US venture capitalists as one of Canada’s Top 10 Cleantech Companies for the 07/08 competition year. Working in partnership with Canadian Consulates in Boston, New York City, San Diego and San Francisco, winning companies participate in targeted investment forums in each city, providing them with an opportunity to meet with Venture Capital investors who have expressed an active interest in financing these companies. Since its inception in 1999, competition alumni have secured more than $522M in venture capital financing.
12/3/2007 - GreenCore Composites Selected as First Investment by the Ontario BioAuto Council
The Ontario BioAuto Council is committing $755,000 over two years to GreenCore for scale-up production, process enhancement, and market development of our bio-based compounds.
The BioAuto Council is a not-for profit organization working to link auto-parts manufacturers, automotive assemblers and the chemical and plastics industry with agricultural and forestry companies to produce materials and chemicals from biological feedstocks.
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8/27/2007 - GreenCore Receives Funding from the Ontario Government
Ontario is committing $400,000 to Greencore Composites to set up a demonstration plant in Mississauga for the production of its high-performance natural fiber composites. The funding is being provided through the Ministry of Research and Innovation’s (MRI) Innovation Demonstration Fund (IDF). "Ontario's support will help us demonstrate the commercial viability of our Green Inside composites," said Geoff Clarke, President & CEO, GreenCore Composites Inc. "The composites provide automakers, and manufacturers of consumer and industrial products such as furniture, toys, and containers with an alternative to conventional plastics that provide high performance, are recyclable and more environmentally friendly." GreenCore’s Mississauga, Ontario facility will be in operation by the end of 2007.
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