Circa Group is converting waste biomass into advanced biochemical materials.
Millions of tonnes of renewable and under-utilised cellulose provide opportunities for smart companies to develop novel bio-processes and products with improved environmental and health outcomes across global markets.
The sustainability of cellulose, the world’s most abundant polymer, inspires Circa’s strategy to become a leader in the conversion of non-food cellulose into advanced, high performance chemicals.
Established in 2006, Circa’s proprietary Furacell™ technology utilises cellulosic waste to manufacture Levoglucosenone, a valuable platform molecule. And leveraging Levoglucosenone’s functionality is an emerging portfolio of sustainable products such as bio-solvents, flavours and bio-polymers, for pharmaceutical, agrichemical, new materials and clean technology companies.
With a manufacturing joint venture in place to build “FC5” – a 50 tonne per year commercial demonstration plant - Circa is now working with global businesses to discover and develop solutions to current health and environmental concerns. An example is Cyrene, an increasingly viable alternative to traditional polar aprotic solvents, including NMP, DCM, and DMF, which are under regulatory pressure in Europe, North America and elsewhere.
To exploit the unique functionality of Levoglucosenone, Circa is building a collaborative network of researchers around the world to develop performance-based derivatives - shaping Circa’s growing position in the bio-economy, with sustainable and novel, bio-derived products.
Circa Group Pty Ltd BOARD
Jim Henneberry (Chair)
Jim currently chairs Timberland Pacific, is a director of Forest and Wood Products Australia and is a trustee at Monash BioPria. He was formally CEO/MD of Australia Paper and served on the board of Forest and Wood Products Australia. Jim has had numerous CEO and director roles in operations, sales and R&D. His business experience covers the Americas, ANZ, Asia and Europe.
30+ years experience in the pulp and paper industry in Australia and US. Previous roles include Executive General Manager Australian Paper, General Manager Functional Coatings (Amcor), and senior strategy roles within Amcor.
CEO Circa Group Pty Ltd, MD Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd (UK), Chair FC5 Pty Ltd – 25 years experience in the paper industry in Australia and New Zealand. Previous roles include National Marketing Manager, The Paper House and General Manger, R&D and Technical Services, Australian Paper.
Regional President of Norske Skog Australasia with 25+ years of experience in the paper industry in Australia, New Zealand and Europe. A Chartered Accountant who has held senior roles in finance, business analysis and strategy. Currently Director and Company Secretary of Norske Skog Industries Australia Limited and Company Secretary of FC Five Pty Ltd, the joint venture company formed between Circa and Norske Skog to conduct research and development using the Furacell technology for the production of Cyrene.
Original background in Applied Chemistry with BP in the UK. Chris has a number of business interests in Australia, Europe and Asia in environmental and recycling industries and is also a Senior Captain with Cathay Pacific Airways
John Pettigrew is a retired horticulturist and farmer based near Shepparton with extensive knowledge in primary production, business and environmental management. John, is a past Director of SPC Ltd, Goulburn Murray Water and the Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority, and is presently involved in renewable energy as a Director of GV Community Energy.
Iain is Managing Director of Manifex - an Australian investor in early stage technology companies. Iain has 25 years experience across a variety of industry and consulting roles.
Robert has a background in bulky goods retailing with senior management roles in procurement, logistics and marketing. Owned and operated a number of large format appliance retail businesses in Melbourne over the past 20 years.
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