Construction on new Bio-on PHA production plant set to go forward


Bio-on has announced that work will soon start on the construction of a new plant dedicated solely to production of PHA special biopolymers for niche and rapidly developing product categories, and particularly for the cosmetics sector.

vThis new plant, based in Castel San Pietro Terme in the province of Bologna, has 3,700 covered m2, 6,000 m2 land for development and a total area of 30,000 m2. The plant will have a capacity dedicated to the research into and production of 1,000 tons per year rapidly expandable to 2,000 tons per year. The plant will be equipped with the most modern technologies and the most advanced research and development laboratories. New carbon sources from agricultural waste will be continuously tested to produce biopolymers to increase the range of technologies offered by Bio-on, which will invest 15 million Euro and will create 40 new jobs.

The PHA 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 at ambient temperature.

"We have received excellent support from the local authorities," said Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on, "which has allowed us to meet the schedule we set out in November 2016 when our new industrial plan 2017-20 was submitted to BorsaItaliana."

"It is a challenge to work alongside a company with international ambitions that successfully team innovation and research in the bio and natural microplastics sector," declared Fausto Tinti, Mayor of Castel San Pietro Terme (Bo). "Both employment and our territory stand to benefit from Bio-on's investment and the Administration wants to be a significant presence in this important project." (KL)