Bio-on has announced the start of the construction of a new plant that will produce special PHAs biopolymers, 100% natural and biodegradable, for advanced and fast-growing niche markets, particularly the cosmetics sector.
Bio-on Chairman and CEO, Marco Astorri explained:
"We are extremely pleased with the preliminary work done so far, particularly the authorisations attained in March 2017 with the symbolic laying of the first stone which, thanks to the collaboration of the local authorities, has been done on schedule, and in some cases ahead of our expectations, allowing us to stick to our time frame."
The new plant, which will be located in Castel San Pietro Terme near Bologna over an area of 30,000 m2, 3,700 of which is covered and 6,000 land for development. When it becomes operational, in the first half of 2018, it will have a production capacity of 1,000 tons per year, rapidly expandable to 2,000.
The plant will be equipped with the very latest technologies and the most advanced research and development laboratories. New carbon sources from agricultural waste will be continuously tested to produce new types of biodegradable bioplastic and increase the range of technologies offered by Bio-on. Over the next few weeks, the company will begin to recruit the 40 people who will work at the new facility.
Boosting Research & Development
The company confirms its 15 million Euro investment and today announces a further 5 million will be invested to boost its research and development laboratories. This decision brings the total investment for the production hub to 20 million Euro.
Mayor of Castel San Pietro Terme, Fausto Tinti said:
"Bio-on's investments will greatly benefit our territory, and not only in terms of jobs. That's why this administration is collaborating fully with this project, which will put our community on the international map when it comes to the green chemical industry of the future."
Project Manager and head of the Bio-on ENG Business Unit, Feliciano Ippolito explained:
"After clearing and preparing the site, we will begin consolidating the ground to withstand the weight of the plants, which involves sinking approximately 250 piles to support the concrete beds. Once this phase is complete, work on the foundations will begin.
Bio-on Plants director and plant construction manager, Riccardo Casoni explained:
“The entire production cycle will be run from an innovative control room at the heart of the plant and, once construction is complete, this is where all the circuits will be tested before bioplastic production begins. Obviously, we hope there are no delays in the construction phase, such as difficult weather conditions."
Chairman and CEO of Bio-on, Marco Astorri explained:
"The opening of the site also launches a new phase of information, particularly for our investors. Drones and fixed cameras will be filming the construction and we will be giving regular video updates on how the work is progressing. We want whoever visits our website to see this exciting new plant being built."
The revolutionary PHAs bioplastics (polyhydroxyalkanoates) developed by Bio-on are made from renewable plant sources with no competition with food supply chains. They guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties as conventional plastics with the advantage of being 100% eco-sustainable and naturally biodegradable.
The direct presence of Bio-on in the high-performing biopolymer production sector is an important milestone in creating a global platform for 100% natural and biodegradable bioplastic production of the future.