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Bio-on’s New Research Lab for PHA Bioplastic Development Becomes Operational

Published on 2018-04-19. Author : SpecialChem

Tags:  Green and Bioplastics    

Bio-on's new research laboratories for special PHAs bioplastic development became operational on 3 April in Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna), at the site where the company's new production plant is set to open by June 2018.

  • Bio-on, listed on the AIM segment of Borsa Italiana and operating in the high-quality, natural and 100% biodegradable bioplastics sector, opened the laboratories ahead of schedule to deal with the rising demand for biopolymers from around the world.
  • The new structure is run by the CNS Business Unit (cosmetics, nanomedicine, smart materials), which operates in special bioplastics applications in the cosmetics, biomedical and smart materials fields.

Bio-on's New Research Hub
Bio-on's New Research Hub

Main Characteristics of the New Laboratories

  • 400 m2 of laboratory space of the new lab will be extended to approximately 1000 m2 by the end of the year.
  • 2.5 million Euro investment to purchase cutting-edge scientific equipment, on top of the 20 million Euro Bio-on is investing in the new production plant.
  • Operations base for over 20 research technicians (added to the new production plant's 40 employees) from all over the world and many different scientific disciplines, such as organic and inorganic chemistry, physics, biology, pharmacy, materials engineering, biotechnologies, electronics, management and mathematics with an average age of 30.

Testing & Developing New PHA Bioplastics

  • The new laboratories are located in the same area as the new Bio-on plant producing special bioplastics such as microbeads for the cosmetics industry. 
  • The plant occupies an area of 30,000 m2, 3,700 of which is covered and 6,000 land for development, and will have a production capacity of 1,000 tons per year expandable to 2,000. 
  • Bio-on will use this site to test and develop new types of PHAs bioplastic using agricultural and agro-industrial waste as raw material. 
  • Bio-on also demonstrates its focus on environmental sustainability in its choice of site, opting to convert a former factory, meaning no new land is wasted. 

Bio-on’s PHA Bioplastic

All the PHAs (polyhydroxyalkanoates) developed by Bio-on are made from renewable plant sources with no competition with food supply chains; They can replace a number of conventional polymers currently made with petrochemical processes using hydrocarbons; they guarantee the same thermo-mechanical properties as conventional plastics with the advantage of being completely eco-sustainable and 100% naturally biodegradable.

Source: Bio-on S.p.A.
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