COMPANY PROFILE

 NameMICA iSRL
 RegionSicily
StatusStart-up

 
 PROPOSAL 

TitleHempBioPlastic - The New Frontier of Sustainability
Project id.57
Reference sectorNEW MATERIALS
IP Protection LevelPatent procedure is ongoing
Description of the innovation projectHempBioPlastic (HBP®) is a thermoplastic blend made of resin and plant waste. Lab testing shows that HBP® improves the material’s mechanical properties, reducing its specific weight by including a dispersion of natural aggregates in the resin. Initial testing shows that HBP is 20% lighter and 30% stronger than PLA (polylactic acid), currently the most widely used bio­polymer.
State of dev.Product
Industrial applicationAdditive Manufacturing, Thermoforming and Injection Molding
Market segment3D Printing, Food Packaging and Automotive
Advantage factorIf compared with the traditional bioplastics on the market, the HBP® has higher mechanical properties and lower density. In addition, their bio-composite has proven to be lighter in weight and better in terms of physical-mechanical properties.
Commercial challengeWe are currently structuring the distribution network, but the challenge is to create several JVs (we are already talking with several entrepreuner all over the world) in order to scale up the business outside of Europe. Contacts already in place with Canada, US and Australia.
Publications and Customer ReferecesWe have signed our first distribution agreement in July for the exclusive distribution for UK, Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands. Several Articles on national newspaper like "Il Sole 24 Ore", "Corriere della Sera", "Repubblica", etc.