There were high expectations that CRIBE
would be a catalyst for a new wave of sector growth by helping facilitate a pipeline of new value-added products such as green fuels, fibres, composites and chemicals using forestry biomass.
Lorne Morrow, CEO of CRIBE
states, This strategic investment by CRIBE
not only supports the future of Ensyn's Renfrew RTP facility but also supports wood based forest industries in the area through the increased use of forest residue at the Renfrew facility .
He's the chairman of both CRIBE
and the AV Terrace Bay, and is also the head of GreenField's cellulosic ethanol division.
He's been serving on many industry-related associations and is chairman of CRIBE
(Centre for Research and Innovation of the Bio-Economy) and AV Terrace Bay, part of the Canadian operation for the Aditva Birla Group of India.
What we're seeing is a slow and steady recovery, and we're beginning to form an understanding of the critical role projects such as this play in assisting our industry to change and adapt," said Lorne Morrow, the CEO of CRIBE
, a non-profit agency created to support the commercial end of the forestry industry.
With less than a year to go on its four-year mandate, CRIBE
is starting to churn out some impressive projects.
Magna International is teaming up with CRIBE
, a Thunder Bay forestry innovation centre, on a research project to make car parts using wood fibre.
For two years, it seemed CRIBE
was almost as dormant as Thunder Bay's Sleeping Giant.
doesn't perform any actual research but merely serves as a coordinating body that teams up the government, companies and post-secondary institutions.
Though the cost of the potential $8 million technology is being equally shared between the two partners, CRIBE
is leading this project, said Hamel.
will enter into funding partnerships leading to bio-mass, bio-energy products.
The inaugural board meeting of CRIBE
, a fledgling Thunder Bay bio-economy research centre, came a day after the bankrupt Montreal pulp and paper giant sent 360 workers home on indefinite layoff.