INDIA – US bioplastics company Cereplast Inc has been working with three dozen Indian companies, testing various Cereplast bioplastic resins for a variety of different applications.
According to Cereplast, some of the compostable applications currently tested by companies such as Jeevan Polmers of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and Back to Compost of Mumbai, Maharashtra include blow-molded water bottles, blown film garbage bags and single-use grocery bags.
Testing for biopropylene applications are also underway for industrial products, electrical tubing, helmets, bottles and caps, reusable non-woven bags, buckets, dishes, furniture and other household items by companies including Saraswati Plastics, Sachin Plastics, Jain Plastic Corporation and Sri Sai Vishwas Industries of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Pleased with the way application development has been turning out so far in India, Frederic Scheer, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, said, "We are encouraged by the growing interest in the Indian market for our bioplastic resins. Based on the positive feedback we are receiving from our customers about their trials, we anticipate that several of these applications will be commercialized soon."
Cereplast opened a corporate office in Hyderabad in August 2012 to service its partners in South Asia. Highlighting the National Geographic Greendex 2012 report – which indicates that Indian consumers rank the highest overall as the most 'green' in the world with 63% describing themselves as green; 33% are willing to pay more for eco-friendly products, 49% avoid environmentally unfriendly products and 50% buy eco-friendly products – the company said at the time of the new office opening that India is a key market with a rapidly growing demand for bioplastic alternatives to conventional plastics, and “we are poised to take advantage of this opportunity.”