Biome Technologies PLC
04 November 2020
4 November 2020
Biome Technologies plc
("Biome", the "Group" or the "Company")
Biome starts biodegradable tree shelter project with win of
Biome's Bioplastics division ( www.biomebioplastics.com )
announces the start of a project to develop and test a new
generation of biodegradable tree shelters made from the Company's
bioplastics. The project has been awarded funding of GBP58,843 from
the Government-backed Innovate UK agency.
Tree shelters are used to protect young trees and bushes from
predation by animals. They are a well-proven and economic route to
limiting losses in the first 5-7 years of a tree's life.
Traditionally made from oil-based and non-biodegradable plastics,
it is believed that the majority of such shelters are never
collected at the end of their life and litter the landscape with
large and small plastic pieces. Plans to significantly increase
tree planting as part of the UK's push to net zero emissions will
exacerbate these problems.
The objective of this feasibility project is to develop and
manufacture prototypes of a novel bio-based, biodegradable tree
shelter. These shelters will be designed to provide protection to
growing trees, not hinder growth as trees reach maturity and
biodegrade if not collected. The prototypes will initially be
subjected to laboratory testing in accelerated ageing
This three-month project is being undertaken in conjunction with
Suregreen, a leading manufacturer of tree shelters. Suregreen's
team has extensive experience in the manufacture and sales of tree
shelters and will involve its forestry customers in product
The project will draw on advice from Dr Robert Elias of the
Biocomposites team at the University of Bangor. Dr Elias has
experience in forest industries and particular expertise in
bio-based polymers and natural anti-bacterial additives.
The project is funded by Innovate UK's Sustainable Innovation
Fund (SBRI Phase 1) that seeks, following COVID-19, to demonstrate
the impact and potential of a clean growth led recovery and
transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Should this initial feasibility project prove successful, the
Company may apply for further funding from SBRI Phase 2 in early
2021. It is envisaged that subsequent funding would be used to
conduct extensive field trials.
Paul Mines, Biome Technologies' Chief Executive commented:
"This project is an exciting step towards supporting tree
planting in a sustainable manner. Some 15 million tree shelters are
already used in the UK each year and we are delighted to help
Suregreen re-invent a product for this sector."
John Warner, Suregreen's Managing Director commented:
"We are really excited to be working with an industry-leading
company such as Biome Technologies to explore practical ways of
utilising the latest bioplastic materials for the benefit of the
environment, the climate and the world. We know what essential
features and attributes a tree shelter should have through the
development of our existing Vigilis range and look forward to
applying that knowledge to this new type of tree shelter which will
facilitate the huge tree planting programs that our future
Innovate UK Executive Chair Dr Ian Campbell said:
"In these difficult times we have seen the best of British
business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency
but one that impacts society and the economy. Biome Technologies'
innovative biodegradable tree shelter project, along with every
initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an
important step forward in driving sustainable economic development.
Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working
For further information please contact: Biome Technologies
Paul Mines, Chief Executive Officer
Donna Simpson-Strange, Company Secretary
Tel: +44 (0) 2380 867 100
David Hart/Alex Brearley (Nominated Adviser)
Kelly Gardiner (Equity Sales)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3328 5656
Biome Technologies plc is an AIM listed, growth-orientated,
commercially driven technology group. Our strategy is founded on
building market-leading positions based on patented technology and
serving international customers in valuable market sectors. We have
chosen to do this by developing products in application areas where
the value-added pricing can be justified and are not reliant on
government legislation. These products are driven by customer
requirements and are compatible with existing manufacturing
processes. They are market rather than technology-led.
The Group comprises two divisions, Biome Bioplastics Limited and
Stanelco RF Technologies Limited.
Biome Bioplastics is a leading developer of highly-functional,
bio-based and biodegradable plastics. The company's mission is to
produce bioplastics that challenge the dominance of oil-based
Stanelco RF Technologies designs, builds and services advanced
radio frequency (RF) systems. Dielectric and induction heating
products are at the core of a product offering that ranges from
portable sealing devices to large furnaces for the fibre optics
www.biomebioplastics.com and www.thinkbioplastic.com
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