Sodalitas is part of a highly articulate business structure managed by the CLS FOUNDATION.
The CLS FOUNDATION holds 49% of Sodalitas through CLS PROVIDENTIA Impresa Sociale Solidale.
The remaining 51% of Sodalitas is held by the Founding Partners and the Sodales Shareholders of the CLS Foundation.
CLS Sodalitas is staffed by:
The nanocellulose market is considered to be undergoing a strong expansion and many companies and advanced research centres in Europe, America and Canada, and in certain emerging countries, are working on the production of various types of CNs and are focusing on their growing use.
In Italy, on the other hand, production activities of this kind have still to be launched on an industrial scale, and it is felt that a similar activity could be extremely useful and advantageous for two fundamental reasons:
They are considered to have potential applications in a wide range of products including those that currently utilize non-renewable, oil-based materials or ingredients. In particular, the interest for possible packaging applications of cellulose nano-crystals (CNCs) and cellulose nano-fibrils (CNFs) is continuously and very rapidly growing all around the world.
Actually, very attractive properties can be detected when the size of cellulose molecules is brought down to the nanoscale.
Extraordinary gas barrier functionalities and improved mechanical properties, differently expressed by CNCs and CNFs, lead to very promising applications in bio-based flexible packaging and cellulosic materials for food products. Besides the biodegradability and the origin from renewable sources a strong interest exists about the potential of activating feasible paradigms of circular economy, related to the chance of producing CNCs and CNFs from biomasses and by-products cellulose containing.