Efforts to establish the underpinnings of a bio-fibre industry in Manitoba got a $1.2 million boost from the federal government today.
The Composites Innovation Centre will use an $860,000 contribution from the feds to establish the world's first bio-fibre grading centre. The idea is that industry will need to know the technical properties of fibres if they are to be used in industrial applications.
Prairie Pulp and Paper, a Manitoba company that makes paper from wheat straw, also received $385,000 to further develop its technology.
The company's goal is to eventually build a multimillion-dollar paper production facility making wood-free paper using Prairie wheat straw.