The hygienic packaging material is created by mixing bioplastics, derived principally from corn starch, with oil-based resins – including polyethylene and polypropylene.
Samples of the Biohybrid product are now being fabricated at the Deer Park factory of Sercos subsidiary Cardia Bioplastics outside the city of Melbourne. Samples from a trial run will soon be air-freighted to potential customers ‘across the Asia-Pacific region’ according to a report on Plastics News.
The new product is looking to supplement Cardia’s existing business in fabricating biodegradable plastic rubbish bags. The impetus to create it has come from a recent decision to merge Cardia with another bioplastics developer Stellar Films, also owned by Sercos.
The level of demand for its current bin-bag plastics means the Deer Park plant is only running at 30% capacity. The managing director of Cardia Stephen Walters hopes that the new packaging film may raise this to 50% over the next year, and to 100% in two years’ time.
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