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Maire Tecnimont and Bio-on together for the development, production and marketing of biodegradable fertilizers

30.05.2018 - 16:07

  • Maire Tecnimont and Bio-on have signed an investment agreement that regulates the entry of Maire Green Chemicals s.r.l. in U-Coat,a new company established to market an innovative solution for biodegradable fertilizers;
  • The innovation is related to a new, 100% bio-based and biodegradable coating for urea-based fertilizers that can be released in the ground without leaving any residue;
  • The actual global market of urea is constantly increasing: +4% per year with over 180 million tons/year produced (*).



Milan, 30 May 2018Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. - through the Group’s company Maire Green Chemicals s.r.l., specialized in the green chemistry sector – and Bio-on S.p.A., operating in the sector of bioplastic of high quality, have signed an investment agreement that regulates the entry of Maire Green Chemicals s.r.l. in the share capital of U-Coat (Urea Coating) S.p.A. with an equal 50% participation.

U-Coat S.p.A. is a new company established by Bio-on and dedicated to the production and marketing of an innovative technology for the coating of urea as fertilizer. U-Coat is part of a worldwide, rapidly growing market and exploits a technology based on PHA bioplastics (polyhydroxyalkanoates) designed by Bio-on. In fact, PHA bioplastics are made from renewable plant sources with no competition with food supply chains. Properly dosed, the PHA coats the urea pellet, which will have a controlled release in the ground while protecting the fertilizer from rains and maximizing its effect, without leaving any residue in the ground.

According to the investment agreement, Maire Tecnimont will act globally as turn-key contractor on an exclusive basis to implement plants based on this innovative technology.

The urea global market is rapidly growing (+4% per year) and represents a really large market where this new technology can be commercialized. The partnership between Maire Tecnimont and Bio-on further confirms the Italian industrial leadership in green economy.

Pierroberto Folgiero, Maire Tecnimont Group Chief Executive Officer, commented: “With this agreement Maire Tecnimont strengthens its presence in green chemistry technologies, confirming its technology-driven approachalso in a sector which will progressively increase itsrelevance, beside traditional chemistry. In line with ecological sustainability principles, the Group leverages its leadership in large downstream processing plants, while confirming its role as a pioneer, anticipating the evolution of international environmental regulations”.

“I am extremely proud to share with Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. – explains Marco Astorri, President and Ceo of Bio-on S.p.A. this new and important market opportunity. Being able to study and develop new fertilizers for the agricultural world through the technology setup by Bio-on together with Maire Tecnimont, worldwide leader in the technologies related to the urea production, allows us to build a more sustainable future, full of new bio products”.


(*) IFDC Worldwide Fertilizer Capacity – World fertilizer trend and outlook to 2018 FAO




Maire Tecnimont S.p.A.

Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. is a company listed with the Milan stock exchange. It heads an industrial group (the Maire Tecnimont Group) that leads the international Engineering & Construction (E&C), Technology & Licensing and Energy Business Development & Ventures markets, with specific competences in plants, particularly in the hydrocarbons segment (Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals and Fertilizers), as well as in Power Generation and Infrastructures. The Maire Tecnimont Group operates in approximately 30 different countries, numbering around 45 operative companies and a workforce of about 5,500 employees, along with approximately 3,000 additional Electrical & Instrumentation professionals. For more information:



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