Novamont S.p.A., the Italian maker of bioplastics and compostable materials, has a new North American home with the opening of Novamont North America Inc. (Danbury, CT). Tony Gioffre, president of the newly formed Novamont North America said in a release that North American composting market has grown significantly over the past decade, and is now "ready to make a big step forward due to higher environmental sensitivity, and increased attention on the economics of waste diversion."
The U.S. site joins Novamont operations across Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Novamont is based in Novara, Italy with 80,000 tons/yr manufacturing capacity in Terni. It operates directly or through its distributors in Germany, France, Benelux, Scandinavia, Denmark, the U.K., China, Japan, and New Zealand. Prior to this announcement, Gioffre was listed as the North American contact for Novamont, with a P.O. box in Ridgefield, CT, about 10 miles south of the new office in Danbury.
Novamont considers North America to be a strategic area of development, with the ultimate concept for the region including a prospective a biorefinery integrated in the North American territory. The company didn't issue a timeline for any such investment.
Novamont markets Mater-Bi bioplastics. Novamont says the resin is derived from renewable raw materials of agricultural origin and non-genetically modified starch, resulting in a resin that is completely biodegradable and compostable.
Novamont was created in 1990 to market and sell products created by, Fertec, a consortium of companies from the Montedison Group and the Feruzzi Group, which were working to develop chemicals with a low environmental impact using raw materials of agricultural origin. For more information on the new Novamont North American office, or to contact them directly, e-mail [email protected].
U.S. recycling and composting rates recovered 32.1% of municipal solid waste or 79 million tons, according to the most recent statistics from Green Living, with composting programs, rising slightly from 3227 in 2003 to 3470.