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Sukano, Tide Ocean team up on blockchain
traceable ocean-bound rPET material
SWISS ADDITIVE AND masterbatch
specialist Sukano and
Tide Ocean SA (#tide) have
entered into an agreement appointing
Sukano a global resin
distributor and exclusive masterbatch
partner for #tide's blockchain
traceable ocean-bound
rPET material. #tide, also Swiss,
is a plastics recycler focused
on the mechanical recycling of
ocean-bound, socially collected
plastic to produce premium
second-life raw material 'with
an astounding purity level'.
#tide, together with the
Swiss University of Applied
Sciences IWK, has developed
a mechanical process to regenerate
the molecular chains of
damaged ocean-bound plastic
waste, resulting in the creation
of a low-carbon resin.
The partnership between
#tide and Sukano will serve to
broaden the use of this material.
As the global resin distributor,
Sukano will also use its experience
and expertise in additive
and colour masterbatch and
compounds to introduce the material
into new market segments
and various end applications
Socially collected ocean-bound plastic waste is mechanically upcycled into second-life resin
through polymer modification.
A life cycle assessment conducted
by Carbotech, an external
and independent Swiss
consultancy, indicated that by
using ocean-bound rPET, customers
can reduce their carbon
footprint by 80%, said #tide. The
company uses state-of-the-art
blockchain technology to track
Bio-on gets a new lease on life
HAVING LANGUISHED IN
limbo since 2019, the assets of
the bankrupt Italian PHA manufacturer
Bio-on are now in the
process of being acquired by
the Turin, Italy-headquartered
Maip Group.
The group has submitted a
proposal for a bankruptcy arrangement
that has been approved
by the Court of Bologna.
Maip Group has created a
new company called Haruki
specifically for this purpose, the
company said, although it has
not ruled out that in the future it
will revert to the name Bio-On.
Haruki, in which Maip Compounding
holds a 75% stake
and Plastotecnica a 25% share,
will receive starting assets of
about € 20,000,000 to guarantee
the execution of the composition
proposal and to allow
the full restart of operations
their material flows, documenting
each step of the material's
journey, from the moment a
piece of ocean-bound plastic
waste is picked up by one of
the collectors, to the moment
the upcycled plastic granules
are shipped to #tide's customers.
This data, including photos,
dates, volumes, and info about
A second life for Bio-on
Photo Bio-on
of the Castel San Pietro facility.
Both Maip Compounding
and Plastotecnica are Maip
Group member companies.
The group has formulated a
five-year plan aimed at a swift
relaunch of Bio-on's PHA production,
based on the proprietary
technology developed by
Bio-on that uses agricultural
waste or agro-industrial byproducts,
such as sugar cane,
beet, glycerol from biodiesel
as feedstock. The group sees
considerable synergies resulting
from the deal. It has been
researching the potential of
PHA for 12 years and already
produces its own IamNature
PHA-based compounds, which
the company customises for
individual customers.
The present deal and relaunch
of Bio-on will give it
access to its own supply of
alkanoates
(PHA), in
p o w der
and granules, "
said
Eligio Martini,
Maip
Gr oup
chairman.
The comPHA
resin for the production of
these compounds.
Biomaterials, said the company,
are expected to show
very robust growth in the next
30 years, with the market for
PHA, in particular, to show significant
development globally
in the next five years.
" Our goal is to off er the market
an excellent portfolio of
unique and innovative materials
with few equals worldwide;
it will rely on over 500 formulations
based on polyhydroxypany
must first take possession
of the plants and complete
all technical evaluations, but
the aim is to achieve this within
a 'short time frame'.
" To ensure the success of
the operation, we asked Marco
Astorri to collaborate with us as
we believe that his experience
and skills are absolutely critical
for the relaunch of Bio-On, "
Martini added. As the founder
and former CEO of Bio-on, Astorri
will be supporting the venture
on a consulting basis.
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the individual processing steps,
is saved on a public blockchain
for maximum transparency and
security. Tracking can be extended
downstream to include
further production and fully integrated
into all point-of-sale
communication, with the ultimate
aim being the creation of
a product passport.

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