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Cardia Bioplastics develops innovative BiohybridTM films technology for bag-in-bag water packaging

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image Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce that it has developed proprietary BiohybridTM packaging films tailored to the innovative bag-in-bag water packaging process. Australian BOS Water and Canadian Yukon Spring have launched their ˜Bag-of-Spring Water" offering made from Cardia BiohybridTM packaging in the Australian and Canadian markets.

Cory Reeve, Manager of BOS Water, stated: "We have launched our "Bag-of Spring Water" offering in the Australian water distribution market. Our BOS Water bulk packaging redefines the entire bulk water supply chain. Replacing the traditional polycarbonate rigid bulk water bottles with our single-use Biohybridâ"¢ bag solution, delivers commercial and environmental benefits to our spring water customers. This is of particular benefit to our mining and oil and gas customers operating in remote locations where the supply chain management of traditional rigid plastic bottles is particularly challenging and costly."

Paul Sheridan, President of Yukon Spring Inc., expanded: "Yukon Spring water is now available to be delivered to water coolers in a bag-in-bag format. We at Yukon Spring have chosen Cardia Biohybrid TM Bag-in-Bag packaging films as they are tailored to our bagged water production process and deliver exceptional Bag-in-Bag product performance. This single-use water bag is financially and environmentally attractive to our customers. They save the deposit on bulk water bottles and the hassles of managing bottle returns. In addition, the BiohybridTM water bag offering is good for the environment as they are made with less oil and deliver a much lower carbon footprint than conventional packaging options.

"We are excited to be launching our Biohybridâ"¢ packaging films with BOS Water and Yukon Spring in the Australian and Canadian water distribution markets,†said Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director Dr Frank Glatz. "Collaborating with these innovative companies presented an exciting opportunity to develop high performance packaging with lower environmental impact. The bag-in-bag water packaging application expands the commercial successes of our Biohybridâ"¢ packaging and further validates the commercial appeal of our unique patented resin technology. There are significant opportunities in extending the application of the Bag-in-Bag system to other bulk beverage and liquid product dispensing systems."
"In addition to offering a product with beneficial environmental profile and full food safety compliance, delivering superior packaging performance through the product life cycle is a key criterion for success."

The global bottled water market has seen a remarkable and continued annual growth, with much of the growth in global still water consumption been driven by water for coolers and other bulk formats. In 2012, retail sales of bottled water in Canada reaching 2.3 billion litres, while value grew 3% to reach C$2.3 billion. Bottled water sales in Australia generated A$1.4 billion in 2012, an increase of just over 3% in current value terms compared to the previous year. The Asian/Australasian region is second only to Western Europe in terms of volume consumption and is the fastest growth region across the globe. In terms of per capita consumption, the highest is in Australia, Indonesia and South Korea.

Source: Cardia Bioplastics

Cardia Compostable resin and process secures patents in USA

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imageCardia Bioplastics Limited has secured patent protection for its Cardia Compostable resin family of products from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The U.S. patents 8,067,485 and 8,232,348 were granted for Cardia's unique and innovative compostable resin formulations and production processes.

On receiving the news, Dr. Frank Glatz, Managing Director of Cardia Bioplastics said, This marks an important milestone for Cardia Bioplastics as granted patents further support the technical differentiation of our globally certified Cardia Compostable product offering and protect the intellectual property of the Company.

Cardia's proprietary compostable resins technology delivers homogeneous and well compatabilised materials that are differentiated in their product performance. Cardia Compostable films are strong and tough with good sealability and long shelf life. They display superior puncture, tear resistance and impact toughness. Cardia Compostable products are breathable and therefore great for controlling odour & dissipating moisture. The Cardia technical team has proven with third parties the Cardia Compostable products composting performance in industrial operations and at home.

These US patents expand Cardia Bioplastics growing intellectual property portfolio of 11 patent families, with 12 patents so far granted in USA, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa. The patents protect the composition formulation and manufacturing process invented by Cardia's R&D team.

Richard Tegoni Cardia Bioplastics Chairman stated, Protecting Cardia's intellectual property is a high priority as it supports our businesses long-term growth strategy of creating new Compostable and Biohybridâ„¢ resins that meet the needs of the growing market for resins and finished products.

Cardia Compostable resins are certified biodegradable and compostable to international standards including Europe EN13432, USA ASTM D6400, Australia AS4736 and Japan Green Pla and are used in a wide variety of applications from films, bags and moulded products to waste management items.

With the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcing several enforcement actions against plastics companies for not complying with the FTC Green Guides and cities across the United States taking steps toward developing composting infrastructures, the demand for validated certified compostable bioplastics is growing.  Demand for bioplastics in the United States continues to grow and is predicted to reach 550 million pounds, valued at nearly $700 million, in 2016[1].

[1] The Freedonia Group

Cardia Bioplastics wins waste management supply contract into Nanjing, China

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-Nanjing Jianye District selects Cardia Bioplastics as preferred supplier of waste management products, awards first quarter orders of A$250,000 with a forecast of A$1 million annual supply requirement.

-Contract represents 5% of Nanjing City households with potential to expand rollout

-Significant opportunity to secure additional City Councils in China

-Continues momentum of growth for Cardia’s China business with focus on organic waste management products

Cardia Bioplastics Limited is pleased to announce that it is has been selected as preferred supplier of waste management products by the Nanjing Jianye District. Cardia received the first quarter order of A$250,000 for the supply of Cardia waste management bins and Cardia Biohybrid™ kitchen waste bags to the individual households of this region with a forecast of A$1 million annual supply requirement. Cardia Biohybrid™ kitchen waste bags are made with Cardia's proprietary Biohybrid™ technology that uses less oil, is cost competitive and delivers a lower carbon footprint compared to conventional plastics.

The contract win follows the successful one-year trial of Cardia products in Nanjing’s various city districts. Nanjing Jianye District is the first city district to have moved forward with full commercial roll out of their organic waste diversion programme using Cardia products. Nanjing’s other district councils are at various stages of their trial programmes, with several councils expected to progress to full-scale implementation. With a population of over 6 million, Nanjing is actively moving towards organic waste diversion.

Dr. Frank Glatz, Managing Director of Cardia Bioplastics said: “This marks an important milestone for Cardia Bioplastics waste management products business in China and builds on the existing A$1.2 million annual supply contract with Shanghai Pudong. The success of winning these contracts is a result of our superior product technology, validation of product performance and effective supply capability by our manufacturing plant in Nanjing, China. Based on the trial programmes that are already in progress in other districts in China we are confident in our corporate strategy of securing additional long-term contracts.”

Mr. Jacky Chen, Cardia Bioplastics Global Director of Sales and Head of China Operations stated: “We are delighted with this outcome and will continue to develop and maintain strong Government relationships to work with China City Councils towards managing household waste sustainability and reducing their environmental footprint.”

Cardia also has a certified compostable product offering in its organic waste management business, which is delivering sales in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Canada, USA, Brazil and the UK.

The Nanjing waste management contract continues to build on Cardia’s growth, with recent announcements made regarding supply contract wins with Brazilian Ricoy supermarkets and Cardia’s Bag and Film production expansion.

Cardia Biohybrid™ kitchen waste bags in use, enabling organic waste diversion in Nanjing Jianye District in China

About Nanjing Jianye District
Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in eastern China. With a population of over 6 million, Nanjing is the second-largest commercial centre in the East China region. Nanjing Jianye is one of 13 districts of Nanjing City. Jianye is characterized by its long history, its green environment and its commercial leadership position. It is currently being developed into a modern district with a wide range of high technology industries. Nanjing city will host the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics with its Olympic Sports Centre located and key activities taking place in Jianye District.

About Cardia Bioplastics
Cardia Bioplastics Limited (ASX CODE: CNN) develops, manufactures and markets its patented renewable resource-based materials and finished products derived from Cardia’s proprietary technology for the global packaging and plastic products industries. The company holds a strong patent portfolio and its growth is fuelled by the global trend towards sustainable packaging. Established in Australia in 2002 as Biograde, the company Headquarters and Global Applications Development Centre is in Melbourne, Australia. The Product Development Centre and manufacturing plant for resins and finished goods is in Nanjing, China. There are Cardia Bioplastics offices in Australia, China, USA, Brazil and Malaysia, and a network of leading distributors across the Americas, Asia and Europe. Visit



Cardia Bioplastics doubling film and bag making capacity to meet increased demand for its finished products business

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  • · Purchase of three new film extrusion and bag making machines with aim to order a further three by end of June quarter.
    · Each production line capable of producing an additional 1.5 million bags per month. Cardia Bioplastics’ strategy to expand finished products division having early impact on global sales.
    · Increased finished products capacity will enhance sales margins, as Cardia products will be made in-house.
    · Existing capacity for resin production meets business requirements.

Cardia Bioplastics Limited the supplier of Cardia Biohybrid™ and Cardia Compostable resins, films, bags and custom finished products is expanding production to meet increasing demand for its film and bag products.

An early entry into the bioplastics sector, Cardia Bioplastics proprietary technology has focused on developing high quality fully certified Compostable and Biohybrid™ films, bags and products at a competitive price point.



Growth in finished products is being driven by a number of factors, including Cardia’s reputation for a price competitive high quality product, changing legislation and increased global consumer demand for quality sustainable bags, films and other packaging. Cardia’s strategy to focus on finished products is yielding favourable results with early signs that revenues will continue to grow in this division. 

Dr. Frank Glatz Cardia’s Managing Director said, “The market dynamics are shifting. Over the past few years brand owners, retailers and packaging companies have commenced using bioplastic resins, films and packaging to replace conventional plastics. In parallel, Councils and waste management companies have started programmes to separate organics from landfill, using compostable bags to divert organic waste from households and industry to composting. Both developments offer growth opportunities for the Cardia Bioplastics business.”

Richard Tegoni Cardia’s Chairman stated, “These are exciting times for Cardia Bioplastics. By focusing on finished products sales we stand to generate strong revenue streams. With orders flowing in from major international companies, well known brand names, Councils and Governments around the globe, Cardia is reaping the results of years of developing innovative solutions, as well as technological and product refinement to deliver high quality products at competitive prices.”

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Cardia Bioplastics sign s supply contract with Ricoy Supermercados in Brazil in lead up to FIFA World Cup

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cardia-bioplastics-logo Cardia Bioplastics Limited (ASX: CNN) continues to expand its retail carrier bag sales in international markets after having been selected as the preferred bag supplier to Ricoy Supermercados in Brazil.

Ricoy Supermercados is one of Brazil’s large regional supermarket chains operating 90 stores with more than 8500 employees in Brazil's premier state of Sao Paulo. Ricoy Supermercados, through its subsidiary Russi Supermercados ordered US$150,000 of Cardia Bioplastics bags over 4 months and successfully validated Cardia's product quality. An annual supply agreement has been executed with forecast of 5 Million Cardia Bioplastics bags (US$70K) per month based on initial orders.

Brazil is South America's largest consumer market and the seventh largest globally. With the impending 2014 FIFA World Cup BrazilTM, Rio 2016TM Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as changing legislation increasing demand for Cardia BiohybridTM and compostable bags, Cardia's entry into the Brazilian market is well timed.

We are very excited to be supplying Ricoy Supermercados,†said Cardia Bioplastics Managing Director Dr Frank Glatz. As one of Sao Paulo State's largest supermarket chains, we have entered the market working with a true leader.

The opportunities for growth in Brazil are immense. Our team in Brazil is perfectly placed to continue to grow the business at such an exciting time, he said. Working in Brazil, we recognise that having a local team who understands the culture and regulations is imperative to Cardia's  success.

Cardia Bioplasticos (Brasil) Ltda. under the leadership of Joao Paulo Mignot, Cardia's Managing Director Latin America, has set up resources and infrastructure to supply both resin and finished goods to the large Brazilian plastics and retail market.

The Ricoy Supermercados agreement follows further wins for Cardia Bioplastics having won major contracts in China including supplying Shanghai Pudong Council with its BiohybridTM waste management products.

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Creating Bioplastics from Wastewater

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On Monday, January 27th, an important pilot installation was officially inaugurated at the Friesland Water Authority (Wetterskip Fryslân) in Leeuwarden.


From left to right: Wietze de Haan, Governor of Friesland Water Authority,Jacob Bruus, Managing Director AnoxKaldnes, Håkan Emsgård, Swedish Ambassador, Hans Konst, Governor of the Province of Friesland, and Cor Kamminga, Director KNN Advies

Research has shown that it is possible to create value from wastewater by producing renewable resources such as bioplastics. This opportunity has led to a joint initiative of the Swedish company AnoxKaldnes (part of Veolia), KNN Bioplastic, the Province of Friesland and Friesland Water Authority, where bioplastics recovery is being tested at a pilot installation located at the wastewater plant in Leeuwarden.

Anoxkaldnes, KNN Bioplastic and the province of Friesland together strive towards a regional circular production chain of bioplastics and, to support this goal, the province recently granted KNN Bioplastic a 100000 EUR subsidy. The test facility at Friesland Water Authority is therefore one step closer to the goal.

Four hundred years of cooperation

As this year marks the 400th anniversary of mutual trade relations between The Netherlands and Sweden, the Swedish Ambassador Mr. Håkan Emsgård took this opportunity to inaugurate the demonstration site, as proof of the continuing cooperation.

Demonstration site

The Friesland Water Authority, in collaboration with the technology institute Wetsus, has been conducting applied research at the demonstration site arranged at the Leeuwarden wastewater treatment plant. Through this demo site, the water board promotes the development of innovative and sustainable water purification.

Source: AnoxKaldnes™

Toray plans bio-based polymer transition

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image Japanese textile giant Toray has said it plans to transition all of its polyester fibre production to ‘plant-based’ polyester where at least 30 per cent of the biopolymer is derived from waste molasses – a by-product of the sugar industry that is normally disposed of. The company, which has an annual polyester capacity of 488,000 tonnes, has also commenced work on the construction of a pilot-scale facility to help it make 100 per cent bio-based polyester yarns.

Source: Ecotextile News