CHINA - This is the second of a two-part interview which the European Bioplastics association conducted with Janice Li of the JinHui Group.
Question: What is the current situation regarding standardisation, certification and labelling in China. Is there any progress in these areas?
Answer: EN 13432 is one of the most important global standards for the bioplastics industry. It has been successfully introduced in China. In fact, as China’s products are largely exported to Europe and the US, producers have had to conform to international standards from the beginning. The same applies to our company whose certified compostable products are labelled with the seedling.
We rely on standards like EN13432, ASTM D6400 and labels like FDA, Din etc. to provide information to our clients. We are also required to conform to the national quality standard, which is consistent with the international standards.
Question: How does China’s role as a producer and converter of bioplastic materials compare to other Asian countries that aspire to be hubs for bioplastics production such as Thailand?
China is set to become the world largest bioplastic producer and converter within 3 to 5 years. The consumption of bioplastics depends largely on government policy. However, this is the direction, it will happen sooner or later.
Thailand is doing well, and we can learn a lot from them. However, it cannot compete with China in terms of the overall size of production capacity and the potential market. I believe that China will become the hub for bioplastics production in Asia and globally.
Question: What role does the JinHui Group have in China’s bioplastic development?
Answer: When we decided to enter the bioplastics industry in 2012, we were under huge pressure as the market for bioplastic products was very difficult. However, we believe in taking a long-term approach towards business and that our children will benefit from our hard work in the future.
The JinHui Group currently has 20,000mts PBAT production capacity in place. Our target is to become a top bioplastics enterprise globally in terms of technology, product range, services and market influence. Apart from this, we would like to work with our partners, competitors and the Chinese government to push forward bioplastics development in China making it a hub for bioplastics production in Asia and globally.
This article is reproduced with permission from the European Bioplastics association.
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