Government of Canada Supports Innovative Auto Technology Made in Markham

For immediate release
April 11, 2012

Markham, Ontario — Novo Plastics Inc. is advancing the development and production of its innovative plastic muffler system for local and international markets, thanks to a federal investment of up to $975,000 announced today by Paul Calandra, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

“Our government is proud to invest in helping this made-in-Ontario technology reach global markets,” said MP Calandra. “Novo Plastics is expanding its facilities, creating high-quality jobs and targeting new customers, all of which support the company’s growth.”

The contribution through FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative is helping Novo Plastics expand its Markham facility and buy new equipment, geared at producing the plastic muffler system to meet varied transportation industry client needs.

Compared to traditional metal systems, the plastic muffler technology is lighter, stronger, longer-lasting and cheaper to produce. This product will also help transportation industry manufacturers go green, as it helps to reduce help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve fuel efficiency.

The commercialization of this product will diversify the company’s product line, expand the company’s export market, and support its longer-term sustainability.

“We are very honoured to receive this recognition and endorsement of our company and our technology from the federal government and are proud that our Member of Parliament, Mr. Paul Calandra, is here today on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear,” said Baljit Sierra, President and CEO, Novo Plastics Inc.

For more information about the project and the Prosperity Initiative, please refer to the backgrounder.

The investment announced today supports the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation agenda, which is focused on increasing the country’s productivity, creating jobs and growing the economy.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

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For more information, contact:

Natalie James
Office of MP Paul Calandra
905-640-1158

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
519-571-6879


Backgrounder

Contribution to Novo Plastics

Novo Plastics Inc. manufactures engineered plastic parts and assemblies for the automotive and consumer/commercial industries. Created in 2006, Novo is based in Markham, Ontario, but has strategic alliances in the United States, Germany, India and South Korea.

Its competitive advantage is its series of innovative products that focus on positive environmental impact and weight reduction: Novo ECO2. Novo has successfully developed and tested a unique, patent-protected plastic muffler system.

A repayable contribution of up to $975,000 through FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative is helping Novo Plastics to be the first company to bring this product to market. The funding is to assist the company to reconfigure its plant, acquire new equipment and enhance its manufacturing processes.

Novo’s plastic muffler has the potential to improve the environmental impact and cost-competitiveness of transportation industry manufacturers, especially in southern Ontario, home to many automotive assembly plants. It also represents an opportunity to export the product to markets around the world, as manufacturers strive to become more environmentally-friendly.

The project will also create high-quality local jobs, as the company secures production contracts.

More information is available at http://www.novoeco2.com/index.html.

Prosperity Initiative

FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative is designed to encourage businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in southern Ontario to undertake projects that will result in a more productive, diversified and competitive economy.

    Funding is available for projects that:
  • enhance productivity by accelerating the adoption of new technologies, processes and skills that enhance the region’s businesses and sectors;
  • diversify the regional economy by increasing the number of new industries or opportunities with the potential to have long-term impacts on regional economic diversity; and
  • build a competitive advantage in the region by creating or expanding economic clusters and enhancing their global competitiveness.

Applications for funding are being accepted and assessed on an ongoing basis. For more information, please refer to the Program Guidelines available on the FedDev Ontario website at www.feddevontario.gc.ca.