Novamont is an industrial company whose roots lie in the Montedison School of Materials Science and which was set up with a view to implementing the ambitious project of some researchers from the chemical corporation: to integrate chemistry, agriculture and the environment. It was founded in 1989 and is now worldwide leader in the production of bioplastics, thanks to its continuous investments in R&D (6.2% of its total turnover, around 20% of its employees). Noamont’s mission is to implement a “Living Chemistry for Quality of Life”: to develop materials and biochemicals through the integration of chemistry and agriculture, by starting up biorefineries in the local areas and providing application solutions that ensure efficient use of resources throughout their entire life cycle, with advantages for the social, economic and environmental system. Under the brand Mater-Bi®, it produces a family of bioplastics whose characteristics of use are very similar to those of traditional plastics, but at the same time, they are biodegradable and compostable according to the European standard EN 13432. Novamont's headquarters are in Novara, Italy. The production plant is in Terni and it has research laboratories in Novara, Terni and Piana di Monte Verna. Novamont also has offices in Porto Torres, Bottrighe, Terni and Patrica. It has commercial offices in Germany, France and the USA and distributors distributors in Benelux, Scandinavia, Denmark, the UK, China, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.