Videos showing the level of automation the big growers have implemented in their facility are welcomed enthusiastically by most of our readers and today we have a new one for you. In a new video Aurora shows how they produce high quality cannabis at large scale at Aurora Sky, the Company’s flagship production facility.
The video takes you from the mother room, cloning and propagation, transplanting area and then to the fully automated growth process. "We continue to scale on track of our annual production target of more than 100,000 kg of cannabis per year. Located near the Edmonton International Airport, this is our most technologically advanced production facility in operation with 16 flower rooms and state-of-the-art automation to ensure precise control of each environmental variable required for the consistent production of high-quality and low-cost cannabis", the company shares proudly.
Today the company also provided an update on their growth. "Many of our construction projects are nearing completion of major milestones with significant capital investments concluded", they say.
Alberta and Denmark
Aurora continues to progress construction of its 1.6 million square foot facility, Aurora Sun, located in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and its 1 million square foot facility, Nordic Sky, strategically located in Odense, Denmark. "The new purpose-built, “Sky Class” facilities Aurora are constructing will have full control over all anticipated environmental and harvest conditions, resulting in the production of consistently high yielding, high-quality cannabis at low-cost."
Edibles and vape products
Construction of Aurora Polaris, the Company’s hub for industrial-scale production of higher margin, value-added products, such as edibles and vape products, is near completion. Building occupancy is expected October 31, 2019 with staff starting to move in as early as the first week of November. Warehouse racking is expected to arrive the first week of October.
Whistler Pemberton Facility Construction on Track
Construction of the Whistler Pemberton facility remains on track for completion in calendar Q4 2019. To date, four rooms are fully operational with an annual capacity of 1,200 kg of premium certified organic cannabis. Eleven additional rooms are expected to come on-line beginning in November 2019. Upon completion Pemberton is expected to produce in excess of 4,500 kg per year of certified organic cannabis.
Anandia to Open Cannabis Testing Headquarters
On October 8, 2019, Anandia Laboratories Inc (“Anandia”), Aurora’s wholly-owned cannabis testing subsidiary, will officially open its new headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia. This new facility adds 12,600 square feet of laboratory space and approximately 40 new employees, bringing the total Anandia headcount to over 100. A further 13,000 square feet of office space is scheduled to be added to the headquarters by the end of 2019. "This represents a 700% total increase of Anandia’s Canadian footprint in the last year, enabling Anandia to scale up and service more Canadian licensed producers in support of cannabis patients and consumers."
Currently, Anandia is implementing technology and automation to increase efficiency. The new facility is capable of performing an industry leading number of different tests on cannabis and cannabis products, including tests for 14 different cannabinoids. "The new headquarters also contain a unique plant tissue culture facility that will offer genetics archiving and backup services to support the plant genetics needs of licensed producers to strengthen productivity of this new high-value crop and the cannabis industry in general", they say.
Canadian Cannabis Innovation Center Nears Completion
Construction of Aurora’s purpose-built cannabis innovation center in Comox, British Columbia is on track for completion in December 2019 and is on budget. The new facility includes a 22,500 square foot greenhouse and an accompanying 10,000 square foot laboratory. The Comox facility will focus on the development of valuable IP, new genetics and specialized cultivation technology to further improve production in Aurora’s Sky Class facilities.