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Applications Bioplastics in the electronics sector In the next few years the development of new electronic products will be based more and more on eco-sustainable organic materials such as bioplastic, which will allow to realize extremely innovative solutions. For this reason, Bio-on (Bologna, Italy) recently announced the establishment of ELOXEL SpA (Bologna, Italy), of which Bio-on and Kartell (Noviglio, Italy) each hold the 50 % of capital shares. Kartell is a subsidiary of Felofin (also from Noviglio, Italy) Bio-on with the support of Kartell accelerates the development of organic electronics based on Bio-on technologies to quickly acquire a leading position in this rapidly growing sector. The researches in this field have already been conducted over two years in the Bio-on laboratories and during this year the first world-wide patents were deposited based on bioplastic, natural and 100 % biodegradable, in the field of new batteries and full green piezoelectric materials. Eloxel operates in the field of flexible and wearable organic electronics, also single-use, to meet the growing need of consumers to have personal and portable energy always available. In this context, and exploiting the piezoelectric properties of Bio-on bioplastic (PHB), namely the ability to produce and store electrical energy as a result of mechanical stress, it is possible to develop membranes or devices to be integrated into clothes and fabrics keeping intact the mechanical properties or new generation batteries. The application fields are the most varied, from the consumer electronic sector to the biomedical one. The new materials developed by Eloxel will also contribute - like all Bio-on biopolymer-based applications - to limiting the new environmental emergency created by the huge amount of electronic waste exacerbated by the fact that current electronic devices do not allow efficient recycling processes and often contain highly toxic and hazardous components (e.g. lead / lithium batteries). Bio-on CNS BU labs “The investment (…) represents to us the launch of a new project,” explained Marco Astorri, President and CEO of Bio-on, “and we are particularly proud that a prestigious brand like Kartell, through Claudio Luti, invests once again in an innovation plan and in the enormous potential of the technologies developed by Bio-on in the field of organic electronics. Smartphones, watches, televisions, computers, wellness systems and other products have long been part of our bioplastic development plans, which every day proved to be used in various industrial sectors to create ecosustainable products.” “I believed in the new company that Marco Astorri and his team of scientists presented to me,” affirmed Claudio Luti, President of Kartell, ”choosing to invest in this project in order to contribute to a growth process that looks at sustainability and at the protection of environment and people’s health “ Thanks to the exclusive characteristics of its materials (PHAs or polyhydroxy-alkanoates and PHBs or poly-hydroxy-butyrates), Bio-on now extends its use to another of the most innovative and interesting field of application such as organic electronics. Electro-conductive plastic with piezoelectric properties similar to quartz will allow the production of interesting amounts of energy by mechanical means and the accumulation in super capacitors (green batteries) to be used in various applications. The researches in this field of application are based on PHBs, the only organic material that derives from the nature having piezoelectric properties. Felofin completed the acquisition of 50 % shares in Eloxel. Following the transaction, the share of Bio-on and Felofin is equal to 50 % each. Bio-on granted to Eloxel an exclusive license for the exploitation of organic electronics with a total value of Euro 6.500.000,00. From 2019 Eloxel will begin various collaborations with companies and research centers leading the global electronic sector. MT www.bio-on.it | www.kartell.it | www.eloxel.com Claudio Luti, President of Kartell and Marco Astorri, President and CEO of Bio-on during Bio-on’s Grand Opening ceremony in June 2018 (Photo: bioplastics MAGAZINE) 28 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/19] Vol. 14

© © -Institut.eu | 2018 -Institut.eu | 2017 Full study available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Full study available at www.bio-based.eu/reports © -Institut.eu | 2017 Full study available at www.bio-based.eu/markets Bio- and CO 2 -based Polymers & Building Blocks The best market reports available Data for 2017 Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities and Trends 2017-2022 Bio-based polymers: Evolution of worldwide production capacities from 2011 to 2022 Million Tonnes 6 5 4 3 Dedicated Drop-in Smart Drop-in without bio-based PUR 2 1 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 18-05-22 Authors: Raj Chinthapalli, Michael Carus, Wolfgang Baltus, Doris de Guzman, Harald Käb, Achim Raschka, Jan Ravenstijn, 2018 This and other reports on the bio-based economy are available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Commercialisation updates on bio-based building blocks Standards and labels for bio-based products Bio-based polymers, a revolutionary change Comprehensive trend report on PHA, PLA, PUR/TPU, PA and polymers based on FDCA and SA: Latest developments, producers, drivers and lessons learnt million t/a Selected bio-based building blocks: Evolution of worldwide production capacities from 2011 to 2021 3,5 actual data forecast 3 2,5 Bio-based polymers, a revolutionary change 2 1,5 Jan Ravenstijn 2017 1 0,5 Picture: Gehr Kunststoffwerk 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 L-LA Succinic acid Epichlorohydrin 1,4-BDO MEG 2,5-FDCA Ethylene D-LA Sebacic 1,3-PDO acid 11-Aminoundecanoic acid MPG DDDA Lactide Adipic acid E-mail: j.ravenstijn@kpnmail.nl Mobile: +31.6.2247.8593 Author: Doris de Guzman, Tecnon OrbiChem, United Kingdom July 2017 This and other reports on the bio-based economy are available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Authors: Lara Dammer, Michael Carus and Dr. Asta Partanen nova-Institut GmbH, Germany May 2017 This and other reports on the bio-based economy are available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Author: Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting, the Netherlands April 2017 This and other reports on the bio-based economy are available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Policies impacting bio-based plastics market development and plastic bags legislation in Europe Asian markets for bio-based chemical building blocks and polymers Market study on the consumption of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in Europe 2015 and 2020 Share of Asian production capacity on global production by polymer in 2016 100% A comprehensive market research report including consumption figures by polymer and application types as well as by geography, plus analyses of key players, relevant policies and legislation and a special feature on biodegradation and composting standards and labels 80% 60% Bestsellers 40% 20% 0% PBS(X) APC – cyclic PA PET PTT PBAT Starch Blends PHA PLA PE Disposable tableware Biowaste bags Carrier bags Rigid packaging Flexible packaging Authors: Dirk Carrez, Clever Consult, Belgium Jim Philp, OECD, France Dr. Harald Kaeb, narocon Innovation Consulting, Germany Lara Dammer & Michael Carus, nova-Institute, Germany March 2017 This and other reports on the bio-based economy are available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Author: Wolfgang Baltus, Wobalt Expedition Consultancy, Thailand This and other reports on the bio-based economy are available at www.bio-based.eu/reports Authors: Harald Kaeb (narocon, lead), Florence Aeschelmann, Lara Dammer, Michael Carus (nova-Institute) April 2016 The full market study (more than 300 slides, 3,500€) is available at bio-based.eu/top-downloads. www.bio-based.eu/reports bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/19] Vol. 14 29

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