Matrýca┤s flagship plants go international on European Stakeholders┤ Open Day
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Matrýca┤s flagship plants go international on European Stakeholders┤ Open Day

Porto Torres, 10 October 2014 ľ Matrýca,the 50/50 joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont, hosted today the International Open Day, a chance for the European Stakeholders attending the third Bioeconomy Conference held in Turin to visit the newly-built plant at Porto Torres, the bio-runindustrial complex utilizing the latest technologies and vegetable oils as rawmaterials.

The project was conceived backin 2011 with the objective of converting the petrochemical plant at PortoTorres into one of the most innovative, integrated green chemistry industrial project at world level. Matrýca today has a Research Centre with 7 pilot plantsand a world-scale bio-monomer unit up and running from June 2014, convertingvegetable oils into monomers and intermediates (such as azelaic acid and pelargonic acid), the building blocks from downstream processes of more complexbio-products, such as bioplastics.

As part of the completion programme of the Porto Torres project as a whole, the esterification cycle facilities,the polymers and rubbers additives plant are also going on-stream over the nextfew weeks.

Representing a global investment of about 180 million Euro, the three plants will have a total capacity of approximately 70 thousand tons per year.

The range of Matrýca product portfolio is set to feed the tyre industry, amongst others, including a raft of innovative products withhigh added value, such as bases for bio-lubricants, plasticizers for polymers and products for cosmetic formulations.

Daniele Ferrari, Chairman, Catia Bastioli, CEO of Matrýca, and Barend Verachtert, Deputy Head of Biotechnologies Unit at the European Commission, hosted the event and took the opportunity to give a bird┤s eye view over the pioneering industrial model represented by the project, its fundamentals of sustainability and integration acrossthe board, R&D activities and its commercial potential.

┤Matrýca, with its innovative and ┤market-driven┤ approach, offers a valuable opportunity for fostering competitiveness of the European chemical industry. Starting from agriculture, with advantages along the whole value chain for the complete exploitation of the biomass, bio-based chemistry is the besttesting ground for the so-called ┤circular economy┤, sparking sustainable solutions and resilient growth.┤ľ said Daniele Ferrari, Chairman of Matrýca and CEO of Versalis (Eni).

┤The Conference confirmed that moving ┤from sectors to system┤ entails a holistic, interconnected and interdependent approach, creating a solid network betweenindustry, agriculture, environment, education, research and finance. Itrequires building bridges between the different societal challenges and sectors and implementing coordinated policies. It┤s now time for the bioeconomy toenter into European, national and regional strategic policy agendas┤ - said Catia Bastioli, CEO of Matrýca and Novamont.

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