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Origin Materials to locate oxidation pilot plant to Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park

US-headed Origin Materials has announced that it will locate its recently acquired oxidation pilot plant at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park in Ontario, Canada for Terephthalic Acid (PTA) and Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) production.

A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC).

– Locating this oxidation pilot plant in Sarnia is further recognition of the great innovation potential within the Sarnia-Lambton area. BIC is very excited to support Origin and their activities. There are many benefits to producing products and conducting applied research within a strong industrial biotechnology cluster, said Sandy Marshall, Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC).

According to a joint statement, the CA$ 6 million applications development project is being supported by BIC through its COMM SCI initiative with its partners; Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park.

This project is another very successful example of attracting international companies to our region that will utilize our strong collaborative effort in our community to expand the Sarnia-Lambton Bio Hybrid Chemistry Cluster, said Dr Mehdi Sheikhzadeh, Executive Dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Lambton College.

Origin Material recently purchased the oxidation pilot plant from Eastman Chemical Company and entered into an agreement for Eastman to license its proprietary 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid (FDCA) and FDCA derivatives production technology from renewable resources to Origin Materials.

The project will include the relocation, commissioning and process validation of the pilot plant and BIC will provide advice, services and financial support for the removal of technical and market application barriers to commercialization of bio-based PTA and FDCA to enable commercial production of bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene furanoate (PEF).

In June this year, BIC announced a COMM SCI investment in Origin Materials, Sacramento, California, through BIC’s Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (SCA) investment fund, as part of an investment round that will see Origin construct its first commercial-scale demonstration facility in Sarnia in late 2018.

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