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Unique technology to turn on-site paper waste from the printing industry into high-quality PHA bioplastic

Total Cost €


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Project "PAPER-P" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2016-11-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    BIO-PRO SRL IT (BOLOGNA) coordinator 50˙000.00


 Project objective

PAPER-P is a novel technology to synthetize very high quality PHA bio-plastics (98% purity) from on-site paper waste. Through an extremely cost-effective process, PAPER-P is the unique technology able to use as rough material printed waste, waste solvent and ink, with a price of €0.1/Kg, and transform it into PHA, a 60 times more valuable product worth €6/Kg, thus quadruplicating printers’ ROI, from current 2-8% up to 30%.Thanks to Mr. Giacomelli, CEO of BIO-PRO with more than 27 years of experience in the sector, this Italian SMS has developed PAPER-P in collaboration with Bologna University, as a strategic approach to find new markets for the printing industry, currently experiencing a severe decline.European PHA packaging market is forecasted to reach €25 million by 2018, the highest among bioplastics, with an impressive 25% growth. By contrast, PHA production in Europe is marginal in a global market dominated by China and US (90%).BIO-PRO has developed a tested a TRL6 prototype plant processing 400 kg/year of paper waste. Full integration & automation (turn-key), and upscale to industrial rates (4,000 ton/year) are next steps of project development to TRL9.We have the support from our main key stakeholders: Coptip IndustrieGrafiche (printer), Softer Group (plastic compounder), Loacker SpA (food sector) and COOP Italy (large retailer).BIO-PRO revenue will be increased to €16.5 million with accumulative profit of €3.8 million in 2021. BIO-PRO will incorporate at least 8 new employers. At the same time, PAPER-P will increase 30% the ROI of its first end-users, printing industries, but non-recyclable paper (greasy paper or already recycled paper with short fibbers), can also be converted in PHA by PAPER-P, so the recycler’s sector is a second big potential market that BIO-PRO intends to address in the middle term (in about 10 years), when regulatory conditions in Europe will be much more favourable for PAPER-P exploitation in this market segment.

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