Bio-on

Five newly created Business Units, controlled by Bio-on, to respond to high global demand for bioplastic.

Bio-on, listed on the AIM segment of Borsa Italiana and a leading player in the new eco-sustainable chemical industry, today announces the creation of 5 new Business Units (BU) to speed up its response to the growing demand for PHAs, the 100% natural, biodegradable bioplastic. The new divisions will enable more effective and faster development of new materials from biopolymers and new applications.
"We decided to set up these five new Business Units to rapidly meet the enormous number of requests from all over the world for our revolutionary technology," says Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on. "This move will create more independent and more efficient departments to deal with special industrial production (Bio-on Plants); Cosmetic, Nanomedicine & Smart Materials (CNS); Recovery and Fermentation (RAF); Engineering (ENG) and Structural Materials Development (SMD)."
Every year, 300 million tons of polluting plastic are produced and sold and thousands of types of oil-based polymers are made for myriad uses. Each of these is called a product "grade" and each one comes with its own technical data sheet. In recent months, and particularly since the recent presentation of Bio-on's 2017-2020 industrial plan released in November 2016, our technicians have developed hundreds of new grades to replace existing high-pollution plastics. But, more importantly and surprisingly, there has been an exponential increase in the number of international patent applications submitted by Bio-on in high added value sectors unthinkable until as recently as last year.
"Our goal," continues Marco Astorri, "is to develop as many products and agreements as possible in a rapidly changing scenario. And since Bio-on's polyhydroxyalkanoates (MINERV PHAs) can already be used in cutting-edge applications, unthinkable for conventional plastics, we had to speed up our response to market demand in a personalised way whilst continuing to provide a high level of service. The new Business Units meet this requirement."
Bio-on Plants, the production BU, will be based in Castel San Pietro Terme, outside Bologna, where an innovative plant is being built, controlled by Bio-on, that will produce micro bioplastics for cosmetics. The RAF (Recovery and Fermentation) and CNS (Cosmetic Nanomedicine & Smart Materials) business units will also be based here. The latter will be equipped with laboratories and a business centre on two floors in the area opposite the Bio-on Plants facility. It is expected to open in early 2018. The SMD BU (Structural Materials Development) will further develop the current Bentivoglio (Bologna) site, in operation since 2016, with new spaces for studying and developing structural materials. The ENG BU (engineering) will be based at Bio-on in Via Santa Margherita al Colle in Bologna and will develop projects for the construction and assistance of licensed plants.
Here is the logo and the description of the five new Business Units presented today by Bio-on:
Bio-on BU
  • CNS
  • ENG
  • RAF
  • SMD
  • Bio-on BU
  • Bio-on BU
  • Bio-on BU
  • CNS
  • ENG
  • RAF
  • SMD
  • Bio-on BU
  • Bio-on BU
  • Bio-on BU
Bio-on plants
Will manage and develop the production plant, future extensions or new special productions of PHAs bioplastics for cosmetics use or other cutting-edge applications. Bio-on Plants S.r.l. is 100% controlled by Bio-on S.p.A.
HEADQUARTERS: Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna)
Bio-on Plants
CNS
The Bio-on Business Unit CNS (Cosmetic, Nanomedicine & Smart Materials) will develop and sell functionalized biomaterials and devices capable of providing "Ultra-Green Performance" by exploiting the unique biodegradability in water and biocompatibility of PHAs bioplastics. It will operate in the following sectors: Cosmetics, Biomedical, Nutraceuticals, Bioremediation, Organic Electronic, and Smart Materials.
In cosmetics, in particular, it will develop micro powders designed to replace the harmful plastics currently used.
HEADQUARTERS: Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna)
CNS
SMD
This Business Unit will develop product grades for injection, extrusion, thermoforming and film coating. Structural materials are those made from granules or pellets. As a rule, they are large or complex plastic items with high-performing form and function.
HEADQUARTERS: Bentivoglio (Bologna)
SMD
RAF
This Business Unit will develop and research new types of agricultural waste to be used in fermentation to produce PHAs biopolymers. Development and scale-up of new plants for fermentation and recovery of PHAs biopolymers with a high degree of purity.
HEADQUARTERS: Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna)
RAF
ENG
This business unit will develop and provide comprehensive documentation on dedicated and bankable industrial feasibility studies: Project description, Designation list, Standards, Design Criteria, Processes, Process control system, Storage and Warehouse, Utilities, Electrical Installation. Industrial scale-up with the definition of production modules. We produce complete PDP (process design packages) from the laboratory to the industrial-scale production plant. Production modules for 5, 10 and 20 thousand tons/year.
HEADQUARTERS: Bio-on (Bologna)
ENG
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