An alternative to traditional plastic

The challenge of CETEC Biotechnology is to make PHAs competitive in terms of PERFORMANCE and COST.

The viable strategic solution of CETEC Biotechnology is the UTILIZATION OF RESIDUES as a feedstock for the biotechnological process. For that purpose, CETEC Biotechnology has signed relevant agreements with regional agri-food companies for the supply of industrial solid wastes for the exploitation of these wastes as energy and carbon sources for the biotechnological production of bioplastics

Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs are linear polyesters produce in nature by bacteria and other microorganisms to store carbon and energy under stress conditions. They are 100% biodegradable and can be either thermoplastic or elastomeric materials.


Traditional plastic is made from petroleum-based raw materials which are increasingly scarce and are non-biodegradable (it can take more than 1000 years to decompose).


Bioplastics are made from renewable resources and thus they can help to reduce the use of non-renewable, oil-based resources, supporting sustainability initiative.


Advantages of PHAs as bioplastic:

They are biodegradable under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, water, soil, home and industrial composting


They do not involve the consumption of non-renewable raw materials. In fact they offer the possibility of using local resources.


They reduce carbon footprint


They are no toxic. They do not contain additives that are harmful to health, such as bisphenol A a hormone disrupter that is often found in traditional plastics

High versatility in processing. They are thermoplastic or elastomers compounds which can be processed by equipment used in the processing of synthetic plastics.


Low permeability to water and gases. Their high barrier properties together with its high versatility in processing gives PHAs a great potential in the packaging sector


They are biocompatible. Their biocompatibility makes them prime candidates for biomedical applications.


They increase consumer engagement. Oil-based plastics are becoming less acceptable to consumers, brands and governments. Consumers are increasingly looking for more environmentally friendly products.


Food and non-food packaging

Catering and domestic utensils in general

3D printing

Textile uses

Medical and surgical uses

Construction and building: insulating foams, coatings and profiles

Automotive: bumpers, dashboards, controls, hubcaps, etc

Electricity and electronics: cell phone cases, computers, CDs, etc



Environmental biotechnology

We offer microorganisms-based technologies to remove contaminants of saline environments, such as saline industrial wastewaters.


Heavy metals biosorption. Heavy metal pollution represents an important environmental problem due to the toxic effects of metals. Their accumulation throughout the food chain can lead to serious ecological and health problems. CETEC Biotechnology have developed a biobased strategy for the active removing of heavy metals from saline waters.

Advantages of Bioremediation

Natural process with almost no harmful side effects


 Low cost


High efficiency


Minimal equipment needed


Quick turnaround time to make water useful


High public and regulatory authorities acceptance



Technical advice on sustainability and circular economy, applying an integral vision of the whole value chain based on the improvement of both products and the optimization of transformation processes.

Reduction of costs and improvement of the profitability of the companies through the reduction of the environmental impacts to optimize the used raw materials.

Improve the management of production processes or minimize consumption.

Circular design

Design and improvement of product and process


Optimization and improvement of operations and processes: clean production

 Life Cycle Analysis (LCA- LCAs- LCC)

 Selection and obtaining of ecolabels

Improves product properties and weight reduction

     Carbon Footprint. Water Footprint

Audits for homologation of recuperators and recyclers

Study of the circularity of the products

   Development of new advanced plastic materials

   Development of custom-made polymer materials

   Development of new sustainable plastic composites

   Recovery of plastic waste

   Analysis of recyclability: analysis of recycled plastic materials

   Optimization of recycling processes

   Studies of sustainability and recyclability of products

   Feasibility study of bioplastics production

   Determination of the Degree of Biodegradability and Compostability of a material or final product according to the UNE- EN 13432 standard

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