ALVE STRUMENTI represents some of the most experienced European companies in both plastic processing and characterization field and offers a wide range of devices for research and development and quality control. Products’ range includes laboratory equipments for compounding, complete mono and multi-layer pilot line for cast and blown film, MDO and TDO equipments, platen presses, Roll Mills and characterization equipments to evaluate rheological, mechanical and thermal properties. NIR-based portable instruments are an important implementation of ALVE Strumenti’s activity with regard to the recycle of plastic and textile materials. The possibility for a quick and easy identification of mono material and packaging laminated films offers great opportunities to people involved in the recycling industry.
BIOASSORT is the acronym of the project titled "Improvement of technologies and tools, e.g. biosystems and biocatalysts, for waste conversion to develop an assortment of high added value eco-friendly and cost-effective bio-products" funded by the European Commission Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme within the Seventh European Community Framework Programme.
The overall aim of this program is to improve technologies and biological tools for conversion of wastes- Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Wastes (OFMSW) and agro-industrial wastes.
One of the main objectives is enlarging the patrimony of microbes for waste valorisation by:
- screening the assortment of thousand microbes belonging to the collections of partners to select the microbes most efficient in producing enzymes, Ethanol (EtOH), lactic acid (LA), polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs)
- discovering novel strains with high potential of production of these bioproducts exploring the biodiversity of micro flora
- exchanging technologies and tools developed by different EU and ICPC partners for genetic engineering of different microbes (lignocellulolytic microbes, lactic acid bacteria, PHA producers) within the network.
Biopolis is a team made up of University of Naples Federico II, ARCA 2010 cooperative Srl BST SPA, BIOCHEMTEX SpA (The Mossi & Ghisolfi Group), CONSORTIUM SANNIO TECH, Novamont SpA, SAPA SRL, Socratis Scar.l., three public research institutions, the University of Naples Federico II, the CNR Italian National Research Council and the Second University of Naples, and take part in the National Project Research and Competitiveness 2007-2013 - Biopolis "Development of green technologies for the production of biochemicals for the synthesis and the industrial application of polymeric materials from agricultural biomass obtained from Sustainable cropping systems in the Region of Campania ", with identification code PON03PE_00107_1
Biopolis will realize a demonstration plant to produce succinic acid from renewable resources for the chemical industry (especially for applications in the packaging or as a precursor to other chemicals) in substitution of equivalent products made from fossil sources, using only biomass plants outside the food chain and grown in short supply chain in areas with very low yield or marginal areas, including all areas not used for agriculture, such as contaminated soil or otherwise be reclaimed.
In relation to technology and know-how already acquired from the experimental team, we are going to identify the biomass and the areas in Campania on which to develop the processes, in order to enhance local resources, to begin the research phase to achieve scale plants demo (or pilot) that enable to validate the results obtained in the laboratory and to make an economic assessment of the sustainability of the process for the industrial development of the technology. The BIOPOLIS focus is to build flexible demo systems. In fact, this "facility" will allow to evaluate new technologies developed also using other biomass, including agricultural and forestry wastes and then will optimize the choices based on actual production data.
CONAI - National Packaging Consortium
CONAI is a private no profit system, created and designed by companies, with more than 1,000,000 members, of packaging producers and users. Its task is to manage the recycling and the recovery of packaging waste in all of Italy and to pursue the recycling and recovery objectives set by European and Italian legislation.
CONAI safeguards the environment by embracing the entire packaging lifecycle, from production to end-of-life management. To this purpose CONAI promotes the adoption of environment-friendly packaging at source, and then co-ordinates the recovery and recycling of packaging after use. CONAI coordinates the activity of six consortia that represent materials that are used in the production of packaging: steel, aluminium, paper, wood, plastic and glass.
In 2014 9,2 million tons of packaging waste were recovered, constituting 77,7% of the total packaging placed for consumption.
Today 3 out of 4 packages are retrieved, in 1998 were 1 of 3.
Ermes srl operates in consulting sector gives it services to public institutions, companies and public-private research centers. It coordinate of a qualified working group, with a strong experience in the field of technical assistance and feasibility studies; developing, evaluation and reporting research-development, industrialization and education program.
Even if recently constituted, Ermes collaborate with qualified costumers, belonging to industrial reality and public institutions working at national and international sphere.
The team of highly qualified professionals is in touch and cooperate with experts of each sector to get support in valuating project proposal and grant request. The experiences and competencies developed during these years make Ermes a center of either new product- technologies and the transfer of scientific knowledge in manufacturing sector.
The company is a center of preparatory studies for obtaining certifications and authorizations for release a new products or technologies, through the promotion of the interaction between universities and public-private research institutions.
Ermes was founded with the end-purposes of working in consulting and operational assistance to private-public company, management consulting, industrial research, technology transfer, industrialization, education and internationalization.
The company supports the improvement of the industrial system (national and international) by supporting companies strategies mainly through the research and application of the best funding opportunities, particular in the facilities grant and in the planning and management of extraordinary corporate finance operations.
The staff of Ermes developed their skills by participating in complex research and industrialization programs, assisting public institutions and industrial companies in the following sectors:
- agribusiness ;
- pharmaceuticals ;
- biotechnology ;
- automotive ;
- aerospace ;
- mechanical ;
Carbon fibre reinforced thermosetting polymers (CFRPs) are a type of lightweight composite material used by the industry because of their strength and rigidity. They cannot be melted down in air like many metals, making them more difficult to recycle. In cases where it is economically feasible to recycle CFRPs, the incentives are few given other more inexpensive options.
To address the issue, the EU-funded IRECE (Industrial recycling of CFRP by emulsification) project set out to propose a sustainable approach to disposing aeroplanes in landfills and develop a cost-effective recycling procedure. Overall, the aim was to design a plant for the sustainable and cost-effective recycling of CFRPs and thermoplastic polymer plastics (TPCs) normally obtained from the dismantling of aeroplanes.
Work began with the mapping of current industrial plants that may be appropriate for the machining and grinding of CFRPs and TPCs. Existing industrial plants for mixing and extrusion of polymer gels that contain ground and sorted rigid fillers were also mapped. Required equipment, layouts and possible modifications to such plants were assessed. Industrial consequences in a real manufacturing plant were also evaluated.
The technical and economic effects of the proposed industrial technology were compared with existing alternative technologies in terms of cost and performance. Based on this, minimum conditions for its viability were established.
Project partners assessed the production cycle's environmental impact and risks involved in the complete production process, including technical and economic threats. After defining the industrial process and manufacturing system design, they analysed all aspects involved in production planning and control. This resulted in a restricted manual.
IRECE introduced an efficient, economically viable and environmentally sound method that enables the recycling and reuse of CFRPs and TPCs. The aerospace industry stands to benefit with up to 14 000 aeroplanes set to retire in the next two decades.
Public-Private Aggregation for Industrial Research, Experimental Development and Technology Transfer to Business.
M.A.R.eA Network is a Consortium Society consisting of Public Research Centers and qualified industrial enterprises, leader of a large Group of companies, all operating in the advanced material areas of Bio-and Agro-industry.
M.A.R.eA Network has qualified research laboratories and industrial facilities, suitable for testing activities and industrial scale-up.
It brings together and highlights specific skills related to public and private entities, in order to promote the application and development of new innovative technologies.
The project LIFE13 ENV/IT/001069 – MERMAIDS has as main objective to contribute to the mitigation of the impact caused by micro and/or nanoplastic particles resulting from laundry waste water on European seas ecosystems, by demonstrating and implementing innovative technologies and additives for laundry processes and textile finishing treatments.
In the project innovative treatments will be developed to improve finishing textiles. Moreover innovative additives for detergent and laundry products will be also formulated to avoid garments microplastic removal in laundry processes .
The long-term goal will be to optimize the additives and washing practices and to develop guidelines for textile industry, detergent manufacturers and consumers.
The Novamont Group is the world leader in the development and production of materials and biochemicals through the integration of chemistry, the environment and agriculture. With 412 employees, the Group posted sales of €145 million in 2014 and made continuous investments in research and development activities (7.2% of its 2014 turnover) and has a portfolio of around 1,000 patents. The group has its headquarters in Novara, a production facility in Terni and research laboratories in Novara, Terni and Piana di Monte Verna (CE). The Novamont subsidiaries are based in Porto Torres (SS), Bottrighe (RO), Terni and Patrica (FR). It has commercial offices in Germany, France and the United States and operates through own distributors in Benelux, Scandinavia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.