BIC and SPRING sign collaboration MoU
In Italy, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and the Sustainable Processes and Resources for Innovation and National Growth (SPRING) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that calls for collaboration to develop research, development and demonstration projects for technologies that convert sustainable biomass feedstocks into energy and value-added biochemicals.
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) is a not-for-profit organization based in Sarnia, Ontario, with a goal to support Ontario and Canada in becoming globally-recognized leaders in the field of sustainable technologies. The Italian Technology Cluster of “Green Chemistry” (SPRING) is a non-profit association founded by the initiative of four founding members: Biochemtex, Novamont, Versalis and Federchimica, the Italian Federation of Chemical industry.
SPRING members all operate in the bioeconomy sector in various ways and represent the whole Italian industry of ‘green’ chemistry. The MoU partnership aims to work together in the field of research and development and further implementation of novel high-tech projects, including technologies in the area of conversion of biomass and renewable raw materials into value-added bio-based products.
BIC and SPRING saw the opportunity to collaborate and leverage the free trade agreements with Europe, specifically the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). This new partnership adds to our existing European relationships, such as the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) and Bio-Based Delta and this MoU continues to strengthen BIC’s international connectivity said A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director, BIC.
The MoU calls for collaboration in areas such as: exchanging information, to establish business relations between their networks, to promote the human capital agenda and to develop research, development and demonstration projects for technologies that convert sustainable feedstocks into energy and value-added chemicals.
The bioeconomy feeds on collaborations and exchange of good practices. This is the spirit of IFIB, which has also led us to organize a Round Table with the Dutch Biobased Delta, the French IAR -Pole, the Belgian GeenWin and the Canadian BioIndustrial Innovation Canada, the major bioeconomy clusters in the world. We are very pleased to announce that SPRING has signed a memorandum of understanding with BIC, aiming at strengthening the relationship not only between our Clusters, but also with the worlds of companies and research, that we respectively represent, said Giulia Gregori, Secretary General of Cluster SPRING.