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Bio-on advances production plans

by Michael McCoy
March 20, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 12

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Credit: Bio-on
Bio-on opened this facility in Bologna, Italy, last year to research polyhydroxyalkanoates as replacements for traditional plastics.
Credit: Bio-on
Bio-on opened this facility in Bologna, Italy, last year to research polyhydroxyalkanoates as replacements for traditional plastics.

The Italian biobased chemical maker Bio-on is advancing on two fronts. The company says it will soon start construction of a plant in Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy, that can make 1,000 metric tons per year of polyhydroxyalkanoates from nonfood agricultural sources. The firm says it will spend more than $15 million on the project. Separately, it is working with the Italian sugar maker Sadam to develop biobased levulinic acid. Bio-on hopes to build a 5,000-metric-ton-per-year plant at a Sadam site.

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