What is MATER-BI®

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Naturally Biodegradable And Compostable

Mater-Bi® is an innovative family of bioplastics that uses substances obtained from plants, such as corn starch, and biodegradable polymers obtained both from renewable raw materials and fossil raw materials. Manufactured in the factory in Terni, Mater-Bi® comes in granular form and can be processed using the most common transformation techniques for plastics. It can be used to create products whose characteristics are similar to or even better than those of traditional plastics, but which are perfectly biodegradable and compostable. The different forms of Mater-Bi® are known as ‘grades’ and each one is identified by a different code.
In the grades containing starch, the starch is “complexed” with variable quantities of biodegradable polymeric complexing agents to create a variety of molecular superstructures with a wide range of properties that can be put to many different uses.

In the broad Mater-Bi® family, the most recent ‘second generation’ grades arose out of research into raw materials obtained from vegetable oils. This new product range presents synergies with the already consolidated technology of starch processing.

All Mater-Bi® products are biodegradable through composting. Some can be composted under the harsher conditions of domestic composting, while others biodegrade in the soil

As Versatile As Plastic

There are numerous applications and areas in which Mater-Bi® can be used. The extreme flexibility of the product lines from the Terni factory and the proven experience in the development of applications with customers allows it to be customized in many ways and ensures an effective response to a range of requirements. Examples include agricultural applications (mulching film, twine), catering (plates, cutlery, cups, and trays), packaging (fresh fruit and vegetables, muesli, bakery products), accessories, toys and biofiller for the automotive sector.

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