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Origin Materials starts commercial-scale production

Origin Materials starts commercial-scale production
Origin Materials, Inc. commences commercial-scale production at Origin 1, in Sarnia, Ontario (photo courtesy Origin Materials).

US-headed sustainable materials company Origin Materials, Inc. (Origin) has announced the commencement of commercial-scale production at Origin 1, located in Sarnia, Ontario (ON), Canada, the first commercial plant of its kind.

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The state-of-the-art plant scales up the Company’s core technology platform for converting sustainable wood residues into intermediate chemicals, including chloromethyl furfural (CMF), hydrothermal carbon (HTC), oils, and extractives.

Origin 1 enables, for the first time, the commercial-scale production of Origin’s versatile chemical building blocks, which can decarbonize and improve the performance of a wide range of end-products, including bio-based apparel and textiles, green tires for the automotive industry, and bio-based and fully recyclable packaging, targeting a ~US$1 trillion addressable market.

This start of production at Origin 1 is a key inflection point in our effort to decarbonize the world’s physical goods. As an operating chemical plant, Origin 1 proves our technology’s scalability and brings online an important manufacturing capability that helps us meet the growing demand for our technology and products as the world moves aggressively to a zero-carbon future. We are excited to expand the deployment of our platform now that we have achieved commercial-scale production, said John Bissell, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Origin Materials.

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