In the same week that the national press has denigrated biodegradable plastics as confusing, UK-based oxo-bio plastics company Symphony Environmental has announced its second overseas deal in a month.
Just weeks ago, Symphony agreed to supply South Africa based food processor Tiger Brands with the product additives to make d2w oxo-biodegradable packaging (mrw, April 21 2008).
This week, the company has agreed a 15-year distribution and manufacturing agreement with Fujairah Plastics Group of Sharjah from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which will cover the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Jordan. Once production is up and running, volumes are expected to reach more than 500 tonnes monthly.
Fujairah Plastic Group managing director Khalid Al Kaabi said: "Fujairah is one of the largest and fastest-growing carrier bag producers in the UAE and is concerned with the environmental effects of plastic pollution caused by littering. The demand for a competitive eco-friendly plastic is expected to be substantial and in the past week our volumes have nearly doubled with the award of a new contract by the Sharjah Co-operative for d2 carrier bags. Fujairah will be taking a lead position in the supply of eco-friendly oxo-biodegradable plastic products and polymers."
Symphony chief executive Michael Laurier said: "This agreement sets the foundations for major expansion for both groups in the region. This ambitious new project will make a positive difference in helping to solve the problems associated with plastic litter that are so often written about, but frequently misunderstood.