22 November 2010

Federal Government Grant for Bioplastics Research thanks to Nova Envirocom

Mr. Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Mégantic–L’Érable, has handed out on September 24th 2010 a research grant from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to Cégep de Thetford Mines for the development of biorenewable polymers. This innovative project was initiated by Sherbrooke’s own Nova Envirocom, which specializes in compostable plastic products.

Nova Envirocom, an undisputed leader in its field, was the first company to introduce bioplastics to the province of Quebec. Supported, among others,  by the ACCORD program’s Environmental Bio-industries Niche of excellence, Nova Envirocom’s project, developed in collaboration with the CTMP (Center for mineral technology and plasturgy) and OLEOTEK in Thetford Mines, aims to produce a multi-purpose bioplastic film. The fabrication of this new product will allow the use of abundant local resources, the diversification of their product range and new partnerships. “Getting complete financing for our biorenewable polymers project for the plastics and composite industry will be the spearhead of the Bioplastics sector, which the Environmental Bio-industries Niche of excellence wants to support.”, says Mr. Guy Fouquet, president of the the ACCORD program’s Environmental Bio-industries Niche of excellence for the Eastern Townships.

Sherbrooke Innopole is proud to support Nova Envirocom’s commitment to the growth and development of new environmental technologies benefiting the whole region. Because of advanced research in collaboration with local stakeholders, Nova Envirocom is a great example of environmental and economic implication that will put Sherbrooke and the Eastern Townships on the map for the North American bioplastics market. In addition to meeting Nova Envirocom’s ambitions, this approach is in accord with Sherbrooke Innopole’s Cleantech and Sustainable Development key sector.

Contact for more information:

Chloé Legris, Eng.
Director – Business Development – Cleantech and Sustainable Development
819 821-5577

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