The legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada last month created a growth industry overnight for any venture willing to navigate the maze of licensing issues that can vary between cities and provinces.
As demand continues to outstrip supply on both the medical and recreational sides, the issue of space for processing large amounts of cannabis continues to face the fledgling legal industry.
While some companies have scrambled to construct new greenhouses to supply enough product to fill shelves, a new international partnership deal aims to solve that problem through a different route.
Intermodular steel building manufacturer Linked Equipment (formerly known as Converted Containers) just announced plans to partner with Ontario-based recycling company Maratek.
The goal of that partnership is to produce portable cannabis processing facilities for Canadian marijuana companies.
Linked Equipment President Mark Pike issued this statement about teaming with Maratek via a press release:
“Linked Equipment specializes in converting all-steel, intermodular shipping containers into state-of-the-art cannabis processing labs that meet stringent industry requirements and safety standards. We are proud to partner with one of the world’s leading green companies to deliver turnkey cannabis production facilities to the emerging Canadian market.”
Maratek currently recycles industrial waste from the aerospace, printing, and automotive industries in Canada, the US, and Europe. Since the ramp-up towards legalization began in Canada, the company developed cannabis oil separation processes and now supplies both engineer services and equipment to the marijuana industry.
Maratek Sales Manager Kyle Georges had this to say about teaming up with the American-based Linked Equipment:
“We see a great opportunity working with Linked Equipment to help them provide high-quality containers to the cannabis and hemp oil industry. We see the cannabis and hemp industry evolving from lab to industrial scale operations, with clients now focusing on automating as much of the production process as possible to ensure a clean and safe production environment to comply with regulations as well as ensuring a high-quality final product.”
Solutions such as portable processing facilities manufactured from shipping containers are aimed at reducing the bottleneck in production, with legal cannabis supply currently estimated to be meeting less than 60% of overall demand in Canada.
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