Solgear, NRC partner on bioplastics
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Solegear Bioplastics Inc. has formed a new partnership with the National Research Council of Canada. The partnership aims to combine Solegear’s proprietary formulations with the NRC’s to create new products not otherwise possible.
Solegear has been working with the NRC since 2007. According to Nathalie Legros, group leader for Polymer Bioproducts at NRC, Solegear has done an excellent job identifying market opportunities in the rapidly growing field of biopolymers. Legros added that the new partnership will allow both parties to bring Canadian innovation to the biobased plastics industry.
In August, Solegear secured a round of Series A financing that will be used to purchase raw materials, support sales, fund intellectual property and grow the company’s management team. According to Toby Reid, Solegear’s founder and CEO, the main goals of his company are to use a greater portion of biobased content in its biopolymers and to remain committed to the compostability of its products.