ICA, API and SACMI, the Italian trident develops a 100% biodegradable & compostable capsule for hot beverages

API’s Apinat Bio can be processed for a broad range of applications, from shoes to packaging

8074bbb_capsulesICA Spa – leader since 1963 in the design, development and production of packaging machines from flexible materials and of complete lines for hot beverages single serve capsules, API Spa, a long-standing company with a wealth of experience in the soft thermoplastic compounds field and leader of the biopolymer industry,
SACMI – international group that leads the world in machines for packaging including Beverage and Closures & Containers, together have designed and developed a 100% biodegradable and compostable single serve capsule for hot beverages.

Presented for the first time at INTERPACK 2014 at the ICA stand, the 100% biodegradable, compostable capsule proved to be a big hit, arousing considerable levels of interest and curiosity.

The capsule was designed by ICA and obtained starting from a compound belonging to API biodegradable range, APINAT BIO; thanks to their chemical structure and versatility, these compounds can easily be processed using widely available technologies and have an extensive application range, being used in industries as varied as footwear, agriculture and, of course, packaging.

The cap-making compression technology, for which SACMI is so renowned, has been able to take full advantage of the unique rheology and behaviour of the molten material, APINAT BIO. Besides, the flexibility of this technology has resulted in optimising the APINAT BIO compound reaching an outstanding production output (up to 600 capsules/minute in a CCM 24 cavity machine) and maintaining the functional, biodegradable and compostable performance of the capsule.
Stemming from a joint project by ICA Spa, API Spa and SACMI, this latest development confirms and reinforces these Italian leading firms’ commitment to the high-innovation development needed to resolve the planet’s burgeoning environmental issues and finally offering consumers a truly completely biodegradable and compostable capsule for hot beverages.


API SpA, press release, 2015-01-14.