Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario government is providing $2.5 million to three companies that are inventing new ways to make car parts out of crops.

Interior trim, head restraint coverings, and headliners can be made from crops such as soybeans and castor beans. The parts are lighter, stronger, and cleaner to produce than those made from conventional materials such as petroleum-based plastic.

The three companies receiving the funding are Canadian General-Tower Limited, GreenCore Composites Inc., and the Woodbridge Group. Funding will be provided through the Ontario BioAuto Council, which brings together sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, and chemical and plastic producers.

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