Emerson, Manitoba


Advancing Composites at the Speed of Change

Supported by the expansive agricultural base in Manitoba, the Composites Innovation Centre (CIC) has made the development and commercialization of naturally occurring materials in composite structures a priority. This has resulted in the establishment of a pilot bio-fibre processing capability at the CIC, featuring industrial equipment such as a 450 ton hydraulic press, a hammer mill, a fibre separator, a furnish blender and a resin applicator. Further, the CIC has obtained resin characterization equipment and has implemented other testing capabilities such as for fibre, resin and void content assessment. The laboratory provides the CIC with the capacity to process and test new prototype bio-fibre products.

In September 2006, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) granted the CIC $750,000 in funding to support bio-material research and commercialization under the Agricultural Policy Framework Agri-Innovation Program. Efforts are on-going to replace fiberglass reinforcement materials with lighter-weight flax and hemp fibres and develop markets for their co-products such as shive and hurd. This initiative is a natural fit for industry’s objectives and the CIC’s own bio-materials mandate.

Working closely with corporate and government partners, the CIC is harnessing the potential of bio-material composites for current industrial uses and beyond.

Horse Bedding

Hemp Fibre

Small Animal Bedding

Box 124 Emerson, Manitoba, Canada R0A 0L0 Phone: (204) 373-2827 Cell: (204) 319-0249 Email: wally47@mts.net