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Bio-on creates new business unit

Sep '18
Courtesy: Bio-on S.p.A
Courtesy: Bio-on S.p.A
Bio-on, an Italian Intellectual Property company dealing with bioplastic, has created a new business unit - Fashion Development Material (FDM) - which is specialised in the development of new high-tech materials for the fashion and luxury industry. These high-tech materials are based on Minerv PHA bioplastics, and are natural and 100 per cent biodegradable.

The goal is to identify processes, technologies and patents to produce fabrics, yarns, flexible surfaces, films, etc made of bioplastic and designed to replace today's materials, many of which are synthetic and polluting.

“The search for innovative and eco-sustainable materials, which respect the environment and people, is now a priority also in the luxury and fashion sector,” explains Marco Astorri, president and CEO of Bio-on. “Today the creativity of the best designers is expressed also through the choice of natural and biodegradable materials. We are already collaborating with some of the most important worldwide fashion brands and thanks to this experience we launch today our sixth business unit to respond to the market in a more rapid, timely and personalised way.”

The materials, which will be developed by a dedicated team, respond also to the need to reduce the pollution caused by the synthetic fibres that are used by the fashion industry and that, invisibly, are released at each washing, ending up in the environment and seas. It is a dramatic situation similar to that caused by the plastic micro-beads used in cosmetics that pollute seas and rivers. In both cases Bio-on has developed innovative solutions starting from PHA bioplastics, which comes from a completely organic process and are 100 per cent biodegradable.

Fashion Development Material (FDM) is added to the five business units that Bio-on created one year ago: Bio-on Plants; Cosmetic, Nanomedicine and Smart Materials (CNS); Recovery and Fermentation (RAF); Engineering (ENG); and e Structural Materials Development (SMD).

In the last 12 months, the activities of the business units, in addition to representing an optimisation of the company, have allowed the development of the Bio-on business model through the creation of "newco" dedicated to specific market sectors. Thanks to the recognised potential and the positive impact that Bio-on biopolymers can generate, these new companies have attracted the attention and entry as business partner of some of the most important players in the reference markets.

All the Minerv 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 per cent eco-sustainable and naturally biodegradable. (SV)

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