Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) awards funding for two Titan projects.
January 21, 2021
Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), the industry-led organization behind Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster, has announced over $27 million in funding for winners in its Strategic Supply Challenge.
The competition, which ran last summer, challenged companies to employ advanced manufacturing technologies to build a sustainable, made-in-Canada, cost competitive supply of critical products that can be used in Canada’s fight against COVID-19 and beyond. The challenge funding supports twelve Canadian companies and their project partners, representing a total combined investment of over $60 million to develop advanced manufacturing projects.
“These projects are not simply investments in products to address the pandemic,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen. “They are investments in advanced manufacturing processes and technologies that will help meet the immediate needs created by COVID-19, while also developing a sustainable, globally competitive and cost-effective domestic supply that can be applied to industry needs beyond the pandemic.”
“The demands created by COVID-19 highlighted the importance of understanding supply networks and building a stable, made-in-Canada supply of critical products,” said Ali Ehsassi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “These new projects developed by innovative Canadian companies, and supported through NGen, will allow businesses to improve the resiliency and reliability of their critical supply networks to meet their immediate needs, while creating world-leading manufacturing capabilities that will support Canadian competitiveness in the long term.”
NGen allocated up to $30 million to co-invest in projects that focus on strengthening Canadian manufacturing and supply chain capabilities. Winning projects were selected based on critical needs identified by the Government of Canada, the long-term viability of manufacturing those products in Canada, and the ability of manufacturers to produce products that are safe for use and meet required product and production quality standards.
Titan is involved in the following projects:
Titan Clean Energy Project Corp., Craik, SK, and partners Panther Industries Inc., Davidson, SK, BIG-nano., Waterloo, ON, K+S Potash Canada, Saskatoon, SK, and Canada Masq, Richmond Hill, ON, are developing a process that will build a 100% Canadian supply of biodegradable melt-blown fabric for use in PPE and HEPA filters. This project will produce biodegradable melt-blown resin and fabric that is comprised of 100% renewable Canadian biomaterials, replacing the highly polluting fossil-fuel derived resins that are currently imported from Asia, Europe and USA. The benefits include reduced air pollution, a lower carbon footprint, and improved and biodegradable N95 masks and HEPA filter products.
.The BIG-nano Corporation., Waterloo, ON along with partners Swenco, Waterloo, ON, IPC Technologies dba Prescientx, Cambridge, ON, APC Filtration, Brantford, ON, and Titan Clean Energy Project Corp., Craik, SK, has developed a project to develop melt blown nanofiber filter material for the production of PPE and air purification filters. Compared to conventional microfiber filter media, nanofiber filter media has higher filtration efficiencies, longer filter life and provides easier breathability. This project will use Big-nano's technology to reduce Canada’s reliance on foreign suppliers for critical nanofiber meltblown material by developing world-class material, creating a globally competitive cost structure and mass production capacity in Canada.
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