The new factory increases both Cardia Biohybrid™ and Cardia Compostable bag making capacity to 100 million bags per year to meet the increasing global demand for Cardia’s carry and waste bags, films for the hygiene market and custom products. With the launch of a new Cardia bag range aimed at the retail sector already in high demand, the factory is already running to full capacity.
Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director Dr. Frank Glatz stated, “The move to the new factory could not have come at a better time, with the growing demand for sustainable bags and products with a lower carbon footprint, driven by consumers, brand owners, governments and municipals our Biohybrid™ and Compostable bags and films are a quality solution.” Dr Glatz continues, “Following the success of both Interzoo and APAS trade fairs we have committed to the purchase of six additional new film extrusion and bag making lines to meet further increased orders, doubling our current production capacity to meet demand.”
China is amongst countries that have banned or restricted the use of plastic bags, such as: Australia, Austria, and Ireland and of course, it has by far the biggest business potential.
Italy has published a decree limiting the use of mono usage plastic bags and specifically banning petrochemical plastic bags or oxo additivated petrochemical plastics bags as of May 27 2014. Only compostable plastic bags as per European EN13432 norm are authorized for mono usage bags.
A similar legislation is on its way to the French Parliament supported by the Ministry of Sustainable Development. It is very likely EU countries will gradually move towards restricting non compostable resins for the manufacturing of mono usage bags.