The Business Life of Flamini

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Post by Kaladin Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:33 pm

Flamini, 31, knows everything about putting energy into Arsenal’s engine room — but it is clear he knows a lot about the energy field in general.

He employs around 80 people in the plant of his company GF Biochemicals in Caserta.

And around 400 workers in total make a living thanks to the Frenchman and his business partner Pasquale Granata.

It cost him millions and took years of research, trials, and several major scientific breakthroughs.

But this week Flamini announced that GF had became the first company in the world that can mass produce Levulinic Acid, which can replace oil in all its forms.

They are the first to enter a market worth an estimated £20billion.


From bio-fuels, to pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics or even food preservatives and countless other applications, the acid could make Flamini a very rich man.

But this was not what drove him.

http://img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/02561/flam2_2561826a.jpg

And it was an incredible journey that Flamini kept quiet until now.

It started when Flamini left Arsenal to join AC Milan in 2008.

He became close friends with economics graduate Granata, 32, who shared the central midfielder’s environmental concerns.

Flamini spent millions to fund the research, find and equip a factory in Italy and run the costly trials that lasted years. recounting the origins of pair’s venture, he explained: “GF stands for Granata-Flamini.

“At the start we wanted the name of the company to be Green Futures.

“For seven years I haven’t mentioned it to anyone. When I moved to Milan in 2008 I met Pasquale, who became a close friend and we always had in mind to do something together.

“I was always close to nature and concerned about environmental issues, climate change and global warming.

“He was on the same wavelength. We were looking how we could make a contribution to the problem.

“After a while we found out about Levulinic Acid.

“It’s a molecule identified by the US Department of Energy as one of the 12 molecules with the potential to replace petrol in all its forms.”

Flamini added: “Researchers told us LA is the future and by doing research in that field we could come up with a great discovery and success.

“We financed the research by the Milan Polytechnic.

“After several months we came up with the technology of how to produce LA on an industrial scale, meaning cheaply and cost-effectively. We patented it.”

But it was not plain sailing from then on. The ex-France international added: “Once you have a process you move from the lab to the plant.

“But you must adapt the technology to the plant and that becomes hard work. We found a plant and equipped it.

“We thought it was going to be like a car — you put the key in and the engine starts. It was not like that.

“We started with trials. Switch on the plant, switch it off all that at big cost, analyse the data, what’s working, what’s not, adapt, improve or change.

“It was constant evolution for years.

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Flamini continued: “Today we have several patents on LA. They give a real advantage.

“We are the first company — and the only one in the world — to produce LA on an industrial scale.

“We started production this summer. It comes from wood waste or corn waste etc.”

He added: “Yes, I invested a lot of money in this. It was a big risk. But to be successful you take risks. It was a challenge.

“We employ around 80 people in the plant and we give work in total to about 400 people. Which at a time of crisis in Italy makes me even prouder.

“There is the plant in Caserta in Italy, we have a lab there, an office in Milan with another in Holland, and we’re planning to open an office in the US soon.”

Proudly, he continued: “We have researchers, chemists and other scientists, from France, Italy, Russia, Holland, Germany and Egypt.

“And we work closely with the famous University of Pisa — one of the most prestigious universities in Italy.

“The head of the chemistry department is one of Italy’s top scientists in LA research. She is Professor Anna Maria Raspoli Galletti and we are so grateful to her.

“We are pioneers. We are opening a new market. And it’s a market potentially worth £20bn.

“Many people tried and failed to find a way to produce LA on a break-even basis.

“Obviously, when you start something like that and you spend so much money, and where there is risk there is stress.

“To me, it was an escape. A football career is made of ups and downs.

“It cleared my mind and helped me to think about something different. And it was something intellectually challenging too.”

Flamini laughed: “Pasquale and I still ask — why us? So many people have tried and failed before so why did we succeed?

“But it’s about believing. I read up on chemistry. I am not a chemist, I started my law studies at Marseille University until I had to give up because of my football career.

“But I know a lot about LA and the process of course.”

Amazingly, Flamini was devoting money and tireless energy on this company — but no-one knew.

He added: “I was not thinking about losing millions.

“When I started I knew it would happen but of course there are times when you doubt.

“Not even my family knew anything about it. My parents did not know about it until about a year ago.

“First, they were worried, but now they are proud.

“My Milan team-mates probably found out in our launch this week and my Arsenal teammates will probably find out reading this.

“I don’t think Arsene Wenger knows, I never spoke to him about it.

“I wanted it to be all in place first, up and running and announce it when I was ready.

“We’ve come here after seven years of work. We achieved something that has never been done before.

“Of that I am the most proud.”

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/6742052/Mathieu-Flaminis-no-fuel.html


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Post by LeVersacci Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:22 pm

Read about this earlier today. What a goat :bow:
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Post by urbaNRoots Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:29 pm

When we all thought Mathieu had turned traitor in 2008, he's in fact been working on ruining oil clubs all over the world.

We're unworthy :bow:
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Post by RealGunner Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:30 pm

Hope he buys Arsenal

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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:31 pm

Buy Newcastle u pos, and insert yourself in the starting lineup while your at it hmm
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Post by M99 Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:37 pm

So that's why he always turned it up when needed a contract extension. He never cared about playing good, he needed to stay at Milan to complete his mission.

Flamini :bow:
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Post by El Gunner Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:59 pm

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Post by BarrileteCosmico Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:21 pm

urbaNRoots wrote:When we all thought Mathieu had turned traitor in 2008, he's in fact been working on ruining oil clubs all over the world.

We're unworthy :bow:


Laughing

This is damn impressive. Does anyone have any links about LA? It seems a little too good to be true
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Post by El Gunner Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:25 pm

Google it imo hmm
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Post by McAgger Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:44 pm

Molenation

This man just became one of my favorite players. So alpha ffs.
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Post by forza.milan Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:06 pm

M99 wrote:So that's why he always turned it up when needed a contract extension. He never cared about playing good, he needed to stay at Milan to complete his mission.

Flamini :bow:

I'm not even mad about the €4m signing on fee any more.
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Post by El Gunner Sat Nov 14, 2015 11:26 pm

I was only joking hmm
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Post by breva Sun Nov 15, 2015 3:51 am

Good Italian boy born in France. I am truly impressed. He based the company and the production in Italy, the worst place to try to start a company. The bureaucracy is absurd. Good for him. And, he can play football at a high level.
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Post by Firenze Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:24 am

all part of his master plan to buy arsenal and keep giving himself a 12 month contract extension until he turns 60 imo
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Post by sportsczy Sun Nov 15, 2015 7:57 am

BarrileteCosmico wrote:
urbaNRoots wrote:When we all thought Mathieu had turned traitor in 2008, he's in fact been working on ruining oil clubs all over the world.

We're unworthy :bow:


Laughing

This is damn impressive. Does anyone have any links about LA? It seems a little too good to be true

One of many alternative clean biofuel concepts going around:

Here's another one: http://www.anaergia.com/

In the end, it will come down to cost, sustainability and adoption rate. Long ways to go for Flamini but that's biotech for you...
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Post by zenmaster Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:10 am

Insane :bow:
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Post by Myesyats Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:47 am

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Post by RealGunner Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:43 pm

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini acquires US bioplastic firm to take 'a step closer' to saving the world

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/arsenal-midfielder-mathieu-flamini-acquires-us-bioplastic-firm-to-take-a-step-closer-to-saving-the-a6884231.html
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Post by Sri Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:47 pm

:bow:

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Post by Hapless_Hans Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:51 pm

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Post by Kaladin Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:06 pm

Please buy Milan :bow:
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Post by Great Leader Sprucenuce Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:08 pm

ES wrote:Please buy Milan and only buy players when their contract is running down in tribute to yourself :bow:
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Post by Sri Fri Feb 19, 2016 4:23 pm

Flamini only does free signings. :coffee:

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Post by M99 Fri Feb 19, 2016 5:03 pm

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Post by Hapless_Hans Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:47 pm

I can not understand why he's not devoting his full attention and time to saving the world.

The world really needs some saving, and Arsenal fans really don't need the shit he produces on the pitch these days.

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