Shaping the color community from Filago

Covestro has been in Italy since 1971. A sound sales, production and R&D network has been set up in Italy, along with a Color and Design Center (CDC) that fulfills all of Europe’s demand for high-performance materials and innovative solutions to meet customers’ needs. Through high-quality products and commitment Covestro wants “to make the world a brighter place”.

The Italian headquarters and production site is based near Bergamo in the north of Italy. Covestro is focused on polycarbonate compounding and the development of new colors for the EMLA Region. At the CDC, the company develops and provides solutions that best meet its customers’ needs.

The site’s highly diverse set-up and equipment support customers in everything from the development of their ideas to the complex chain of production scale-ups ranging from small samples of 25kg to big batch sizes of 20 metric tons.

Covestro operates through a skilled salesforce in the local market, with the team trading products for all seven Covestro business units: Performance Materials, Tailored Urethane Components, Engineering Plastics, Coatings & Adhesives, Specialty Films, Elastomers, and Thermoplastic Polyurethanes.

Incubating sustainable design trends

Among the many excellent activities linked to the Filago site, the Color and Design Center stands out. Established in 2002 it is part of a global network with other Covestro Color Centers around the world. The CDC at Filago is a place for important developments and an incubator of new design trends involving colored polymers.

In 2022, the Filago site was certified to the ISCC PLUS standard, an internationally recognized system for biomass and bioenergy sustainability certification. The company can now supply its customers with high-performance plastic polycarbonates from renewably attributed raw materials. They are characterized by quality and properties that are as good as their fossil-based counterparts.

Gianmaria Malvestiti was appointed Managing Director of Covestro Srl and Site Manager of the Italian Manufacturing Site in December 2021.

Born in Capriate (BG), Italy, in 1973, he studied industrial chemistry at the University of Milan. During his career he has gained a great deal of experience in managing local and international teams in compounding operation and formulation development with increasing responsibilities throughout the organization. He is committed to a sustainable future and circular economy topics and strongly believes that trust, diversity, and teamwork are the keys to successfully facing future challenges.

Alessandro Valcarenghi was appointed Head of Sales and Marketing for the Performance Material and Tailored Urethanes business units for Italy in July 2021.

Born in 1966 in Milan, Italy, he studied at Università Commerciale L. Bocconi in Milan where he graduated in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing. In the course of his career at Covestro, he was responsible for Sales of Polyurethane Systems for South-East Europe and then for Italy as Head of the Polyurethanes business unit.

Born in 1970 in Varese, Davide Niego joined Covestro in 2021.

He holds a degree in chemistry and an executive master’s in business administration. Niego has worked in coatings research and development (IVM) and was Technical Support Manager at Hewlett Packard. Since 2004, he has held key account manager positions in various companies (Efka, Ciba, BASF, DSM) dealing with multinational accounts.

Laura Pansera is responsible for the local functions Procurement, Planning & Product Supply, Supply Chain & Logistic and Customs & International Trade Compliance.

Born in Bergamo, Italy, in 1973, she studied chemistry at the University of Milan and joined Bayer in 2000 where she worked as a business controller and later as Supply Chain Manager for the KU division.

Massimo Fasano has been with Covestro in his role of General Counsel since 2015 and also been a member of the Board of Directors since 2018.

He joined Bayer’s legal department in the early 1990s and managed many legal issues for the Italian group companies. In particular, he dealt with market competition (anti-trust), anti-bribery (Italian decree 231/2001), data protection, merger and acquisition operations and legal support in industrial site matters (surface rights, leases, purchase and sale of land and buildings).

Born in Varese (Italy) in 1980, Marco Battaini gained a degree in Philosophy at the University of Milan and a Master’s in Organization and Personnel in 2006.

That same year, he began his professional career in Bayer’s Human Resources department. Since September 2015, he has been responsible for Human Resources at Covestro in Italy and is a member of Federchimica, the chemical industrial association.

Andrea Milone joined Covestro in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), is currently responsible for the Accounting, Controlling, Finance & Tax functions, and is also a member of the Board of Directors.

Born in 1967, he holds a degree in Business Administration from Turin University and is enrolled with the Order of Chartered Accountants of Turin. Milone worked as a tax consultant with leading international tax firms (EY and KPMG) and then as a tax director for the Fiat Group (Fiat Powertrain) and Industrie Menarini (Italy’s largest pharma company). Before joining Covestro, he was Head of Finance & Tax of the Bayer Group in Italy.

Massimiliano Bettinelli started his career as a controller. After ten years in a pharmaceutical company, he moved to Bayer. Then, after a few years in Controlling, his SAP knowledge resulted in his managing all SAP projects at Bayer.

Bettinelli gained additional experience in Mergers & Acquisitions, ICS and Auditing. He moved into IT in 2012 as a demand manager and graduated in Economics in 2014. In September 2015 he joined Covestro as IT & BPA Head, before becoming IT Country Head in 2016.

Filago over the years

  • 2022

    Obtaining ISCC Plus Certification

    In 2022, the Filago plant obtained ISCC PLUS certification in line with Covestro's worldwide strategy. It is an extension of the application of the ISCC standard, a sustainability certification system linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and referring in particular to SDG 12: "Ensuring sustainable patterns of production and consumption".

  • 2021

    Creation of Engineering Plastics (EP) business unit

    After an internal reorganisation of Covestro's businesses aimed at bringing the company closer to its customers, the Filago plant and Covestro Italia officially became part of the Engineering Plastics (EP) business unit.

  • 2018

    Launch of the first industrial line dedicated to products with a high mineral content at Covestro and Inauguration of the new Covestro Italia headquarters

    The installation of this line brought to the plant a technology that had already been industrialized but never applied to the polycarbonates business. That Headquarters placed this bet on the Filago plant was a great sign of trust. That same year, the construction of the new headquarters building was also completed having been designed to respect all Covestro’s values.

  • 2015

    Establishment of Covestro

    On 1 September 2015, the high-tech polymers company MaterialScience officially separated from Bayer, became Covestro and was listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Covestro has committed to 'making the world a brighter place' and to completely new values: curious, courageous, and colorful.

  • 2006-2011

    Increased capacity for small batches, samples, and color processing – redesign of Color and Design Center

    This five-year period saw an increase in production capacity for small batches and a complete redesign of the Color and Design Center.

  • 2004

    Establishment of Bayer MaterialScience and ISO 9001:2000 Quality Certification

    Bayer MaterialScience, a plastics company in the Bayer Group, was founded in 2004 and received ISO 9001:2000 quality certification that same year.

  • 2002

    Establishment of the Color Competence and Design Center (now Color and Design Center)

    Since 2002, the site has been home to a world-class center of excellence for the development of new colors. The new way of doing color research born here involved working on experimentation, small samples, and customization.

  • 1996-2002

    Expansion of the compounding plant with five additional lines

    There was a change of pace in the 1990s: new lines with new technologies were installed to produce materials with more sophisticated dosages and formulations, such as the anti-flame Bayblend.

  • ISO 14001 environmental certification as the first company in Italy

    It is thanks to the combination of spontaneous and proactive care for the environment and innovation, that the plant was the first in Italy to obtain ISO 14001 environmental certification in 1996. At first, it only related to the plastics production plant (KU) then owned by Bayer, but later was extended to all plants in the chemical park.

  • 1993

    ISO 9002 Quality Certification

    In the early 1990s, the Filago plant first obtained ISO 9002 quality certification.

  • 1986-1993

    Replacement of six single-screw extruders with four twin-screw extruders

    Twin-screw extruders arrived in Filago in the mid-1980s in response to a market that demanded more complex formulations. This technology made it possible to improve the quality of products and make them extremely competitive.

  • 1971

    Start of compounding activity in Filago - KU Department

    The plant in Filago was established in 1971 as Italy was considered a very interesting and promising market for plastics in the late 1960s. The starting point was the single-screw extruder technology of the first polycarbonate production lines. It was the start of a great adventure that has now lasted more than 50 years.

50 years of excellence in plastics production

The plant in Filago is now 50 years old. This long history of research, passion and excellence is today the solid ground on which Covestro every day builds the avant-garde in the world of high-tech plastics production, guided by two key words: sustainability and circularity, the keys of the future.


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