The project involved the revamping of the existing lines and the construction of a new line, with an overall increase in production capacity of approximately 50 thousand tonnes per year for a total investment of over 250 million euros. The project is part of the renewal of the EP(D)M portfolio, to improve performance and strengthen competitive positioning in the strategic segment of the automotive sector with new product grades. The project has created new employment opportunities, around 40 direct jobs, and uses the most up-to-date technology to minimise environmental impact.
In March 2021 through Versalis, Eni's chemical company in the production and marketing of elastomers, have signed a joint development agreement for the research, production and supply of synthetic rubber with advanced properties with Bridgestone EMIA, a leader in advanced mobility solutions. The Research and Development divisions of the two organizations will collaborate, using an Open Innovation model, to develop technologies and new elastomer grades, including Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR), for the production of high-performance tyres. Versalis will leverage the expertise of its Research Center at Ravenna and Ferrara, while Bridgestone will use its Technical Center Europe near Rome.