Short agro-industrial chains for bioproducts: Novamont and Coldiretti sign strategic agreement

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Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont

“A project to establish an agricultural sector which respects the region, which enhances the value of abandoned and unirrigated land in order to feed into the first integrated biorefinery model in the region. It will be in synergy with the food production chain and centred on high value-added products which can reduce and replace higher-impact raw materials sourced from further afield.” This is the core of the agreement signed by Catia Bastioli, CEO of Novamont and Matrìca (a 50/50 joint venture between Novamont and Versalis), Roberto Moncalvo, chairman of Coldiretti, and Mauro Tonello, chairman of Consorzi Agrari d’Italia (CAI), for the creation of innovative agro-industrial chains to create short-chain biolubricants and bioplastics.

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Matrìca hosted today the International Open Day

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Matrìca, the 50/50 joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, hosted today the International Open Day, a chance for the European Stakeholders attending the third Bioeconomy Conference held in Turin to visit the newly-built plant at Porto Torres, the bio-run industrial complex utilizing the latest technologies and vegetable oils as raw materials. The project was conceived back in 2011 with the objective of converting the petrochemical plant at Porto Torres into one of the most innovative, integrated green chemistry industrial project at world level.

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The 87th Alpine Corps National muster is bio-based

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Alpine corps muster in Novara

They made history in Italy with memorable feats of heroism, driven by the love for their country and by values that make theirs a unique outfit: this is the Alpine Corps, also known as the Black Feathers, which is holding its 87th muster from the 9th to the 11th of May 2014 in Pordenone. With 450,000 participants expected, producing around 350,000 kg of waste, the event has the potential to create a significant environmental impact. In order to alleviate the effect on the Pordenone ecosystem, the ANA (National Alpine Corps Association), the COA (Muster Organising Committee) and GEA, the Pordenone environmental services company, in collaboration with Novamont, global leader in the bioplastics field, have introduced different ecosustainable initiatives.

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Novamont’s bio-based butanediol plant will come on stream next year

Novamont's Headquarter in Novara (Italy)
Novamont’s Headquarter in Novara (Italy)

Novamont’s bio-based butanediol (BDO) plant, established as a joint venture (Mater Biotech) with San Diego-based Genomatica, will come on stream next year. To say it was yesterday Alberto Castellanza, sales manager of the Italian company, at K 2013, the Trade Fair for Plastic materials and rubber, in Düsseldorf (Germany).

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EC unveils an unprecedented 3.8 billion euros investment in biobased industries

European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn
European Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

The Biobased Industries Consortium (BIC), a cross sector group of 48 large and small companies, has joined forces with the European Commission to set up an unprecedented Public Private Partnership worth 3.8 billion euros to accelerate the deployment of biobased products in Europe by 2020.

The Biobased Industries PPP is part of the European Commission’s Innovation and Investment Package that was released today in Brussels. The package is intended to stimulate the European economy, create jobs and tackle major societal challenges through research, innovation and deployment. Continue reading

Novamont has unveiled the first product made from 4th generation Mater-Bi®

Novamont's Headquarter in Novara (Italy)
Novamont’s Headquarter in Novara (Italy)

Novamont, the Italian leading company in the development and production of materials and biochemicals, with a turnover of 135 million euros in 2012, has unveiled the first product made from 4th generation Mater-Bi®, the family of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics designed to go beyond the product itself and become an opportunity to develop circular bioeconomies. It also aims to stimulate reindustrialisation through the development of integrated Biorefineries. It’s what was announced by the company in a statement.

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The thistle, a new resource for the bioeconomy

thistleFrom thistle a new era for the agricultural and industrial value chains. An innovative business model, which combines the industrial needs of Matrica, a joint venture between Versalis-Eni and Novamont, with those of farmers located  in northern Sardinia. An agro industrial relationship model, aimed at creating a integrated value chain rooted in the territory in synergy with local biodiversity. These the key issues discussed last Monday in Porto Torres at the second technical meeting on thistle which was attended by numerous high level representatives of the Sardinian agricultural world and by representatives of research and local institutions, including the mayor of Porto Torres, Beniamino Scarpa, and the dean of the University of Sassari, Attilio Mastino.

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È il giorno della bioeconomia italiana a Bruxelles

porto torres bioraffineria matrìcaÈ il giorno della bioeconomia italiana a Bruxelles. Nella sede del Parlamento europeo si terrà oggi il convegno “BioPlastics: A case study of Bioeconomy in Italy in the light of Horizon 2020”, promosso dal Kyoto club con il patrocinio del nostro ministero dell’Ambiente.

Obiettivo: illustrare come l’Italia stia delineando una strategia capace di dare un nuovo impulso al potenziale di innovazione del paese e di sviluppare il settore della bioeconomia.

L’adozione di misure ”market pull” che incentivano la produzione e l’utilizzo di prodotti biodegradabili da materie prime rinnovabili ha dato vita ad importanti investimenti in tecnologie innovative e bioraffinerie (come quella di Porto Torres gestita da Matrìca, la joint venture tra Versalis-Eni e Novamont attiva nel campo della chimica verde, nella foto) e sta generando ricadute positive per l’intera società in termini di riduzione dei rifiuti e di introduzione di criteri di sostenibilità nelle scelte di consumo dei cittadini. Attraverso la presentazione dell’esempio italiano, la conferenza intende dimostrare che l’efficienza delle risorse non rappresenta soltanto un’esigenza strategica per l’Europa, ma anche una vera e propria opportunità dal punto di vista economico, capace di rilanciare la crescita in aree affette da profonda crisi.

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Exclusive interview with Catia Bastioli, Ceo of Novamont: “The Bioeconomy needs to start from local areas”

catia bastioli novamont“The Bioeconomy needs to start from local areas and act in synergy with ecosystems and biodiversity. In this respect the Italian case is a cutting edge demonstrative example ”. To say it is Catia Bastioli, Ceo of Novamont, the company of Novara, in Italy, world leader in the field of biodegradable products, thanks to the use of plant materials and renewable energy sources with low environmental impact. In this long exclusive interview, the entrepreneur of Umbrian origin, who, among other things, awarded the “2007 European Inventor of the year Award” for her patents for Mater-Bi the bioplastics commercialized by Novamont, talks about bioeconomy and green economy, the emerging cluster of green chemistry, but above all she gives us a vision and a strategy. “We need – tells us Bastioli – to encourage the creation of a bioeconomy not based on subsidies but based on cutting edge applications which respect stringent standards and which can contribute to lower pressure on the planet limited resources”.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Novamont cresce nella bioeconomia: conclusa l’acquisizione di un ramo d’azienda di Tecnogen


novamontNovamont ha portato a termine l’acquisizione di un ramo d’azienda di Tecnogen, il centro di ricerca sulle biotecnologie controllato da Sigma Tau Finanziaria e da mesi in liquidazione. 

In base ai termini dell’accordo, “il ramo d’azienda rilevato da Novamont è costituito dallo stabilimento di Piana Monte Verna (in provincia di Caserta), dalle immobilizzazioni materiali e dalle autorizzazioni, dalle licenze e dai permessi non afferenti all’attività farmaceutica”, spiega una nota diffusa da Novamont.

Grazie all’accordo con le rappresentanze sindacali, inoltre, dodici lavoratori verranno subito riassorbiti dall’azienda novarese e altri sei, disponibili al trasferimento, potranno essere assunti nello stabilimento di Adria-Bottrighe della controllata Mater Biotech quando verrà attivata la prima produzione di 1,4 biobutandiolo.

“Con questa operazione intendiamo aumentare la massa critica per affrontare con massima determinazione la prima fase della piattaforma biotecnologica Novamont, destinata a far crescere ulteriormente la società, attraverso una maggiore integrazione tra processi chimici e biotecnologie industriali”, ha dichiarato Catia Bastioli, amministratore delegato di Novamont.

La piattaforma biotecnologica Novamont può contribuire a far ripartire un settore industriale strategico come quello chimico, coinvolgendo il territorio in un processo di innovazione che contribuisca in modo determinante al rilancio del sistema economico e alla creazione di valore per l’intero paese. Il ruolo di “infrastruttura tecnologica” in tale settore potrà aiutare a creare le condizioni per un effetto positivo non solo sul comparto ma anche su tutta l’industria a valle e sull’agricoltura.

“La chiusura di Tecnogen avrebbe comportato la perdita di uno straordinario patrimonio di impianti e tecnologie per lo sviluppo di processi fermentativi e la dispersione di importanti competenze e conoscenze maturate in questi anni sul territorio campano. La nostra iniziativa ha l’ambizione di voler dimostrare che il nuovo settore della bioeconomia basato sull’innovazione continua può accelerare lo sviluppo, sapendo utilizzare per la crescita del paese competenze altrimenti disperse”, ha concluso Bastioli.

L’acquisizione del ramo d’azienda di Tecnogen segue di alcuni mesi quello dell’ex impianto BioItalia di Adria-Bottrighe dove, in partnership con la statunitense Genomatica, entro la fine del 2013 entrerà a regime per uso captive, per Novamont e i suoi partner, la prima produzione al mondo su scala industriale del bio-butandiolo da fonti rinnovabili, un intermedio chimico sinora ottenuto solo da fonti fossili e caratterizzato da elevatissima domanda per una vasta gamma di applicazioni (tessile, elettronica, automotive, ecc.).