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Cover-Story Advertorial

Cover-Story Advertorial Present biodegradable plastics Shanxi JinHui Group–An Important Player on Promoting Biodegradable Plastics in China “…a lot of work needs to be done, (…) for the coming generations, for our human being on the planet” says Janice Li, Vice President of Shanxi JinHui Group. With rising of people’s environmental protection awareness as well as a higher standard for living quality, bold and swift actions have been done all around the world to improve the living environment. However, white pollutions caused by plastics are damaging our living environment on a tremendous speed, and our daily lives are been negatively affected. Many countries like Italy, France, Belgium and USA have passed (or are preparing) regulations on Ban of Plastics and promoting biodegradable plastics usage. When it comes to China, relative steps are moving fast and stably, especially against the White Pollution. The consumptions of biodegradable plastics depend largely on government policy. With its 1.3 billion population and strong central government, China is set to become the world largest biodegradable plastics producers, converters and users within 3 to 5 years. The industrialized biodegradable plastics in China include PBAT, PBS, PLA, PHA, PPC etc. The combined existing production capacity is around 85,000 tonnes annually. In the past, the majority of biodegradable raw materials, modified compounds and final products, like shopping bags and food service items etc., were exported to Europe, Australia, USA and Canada, etc. And the biodegradable plastic products’ consumptions in China remains minimal. However, this all will be changed with an increase of environment awareness and government support. A Chinese central government policy – Ban on Plastic Bags – has been in place since June 1 st , 2008, under which the plastic shopping bags thinner than 0.025 mm are not allowed to be produced, sold and used in China. All supermarkets, shopping malls and wet markets are requested to provide priced plastic shopping bags only; free plastic shopping bags have been banned in China. Paid plastic bags become a new norm in people’s lives. While as the time goes by, this policy didn’t decrease the consumption of polyethylene bags in quantity, white pollution became more severe than before. Fortunately, a new ban emerged recently, which is like a bright star in the night sky. “Regulations of Jilin Province to Ban the Production and Provider of Disposable Nondegradable Plastic Shopping Bags and Plastic Food Wares” have been fully implemented starting from January 1 st , 2015. “If we do not stop usage of non-degradable bags and 14 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/15] Vol. 10

Cover-Story Advertorial development in China food wares, sooner or later, someone will definitely do it; if we do it at present, definitely more people will do the same”, said a local government official. Learning from prior experience, the Jilin government issued many detailed and specific regulations to ensure the implementation of the new policy. As a result many biodegradable plastic materials and final product producers have settled in Changchun City, the capital of Jilin Province. ShanXi JinHui Group is part of this development as one of the big players in the biodegradable plastics sector. With the full backing of the provincial government and Jinlin’s NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission), JinHui is confident that Jilin will achieve the target becoming the first successful region in China to undertake such a move. At the same time, other provinces are passing similar regulations. This trend will significantly change the standing of the biodegradable plastics industry in China. With China’s large population base and the support of government, biodegradable plastics industry will grow in an unimaginable speed. In order to build a successfully sustainable biodegradable plastics industry and meet the unexpected instantaneous large market, both national and local government have drawn much attention on this project and has been making great efforts to support it. For example, Changchun Bio- Based Material Industry Innovation Park (CBMIIP) is built. Shanxi JinHui Group, an important player in China’s Biodegradable Plastics Industry Being the largest producer of PBAT in China, JinHui ZhaoLong (100 % owned by Shanxi JinHui Group), with its 20,000 tonnes/yr capacity, has expanded a sound market in Italy and UK with its ECOWORLD PBAT based starch compound (ECOWILL FS-0330). And the new established entity in CBMIIP of Jilin, namely Jilin SenRuiDa High Technologies. Co., Ltd, (hereafter called SenRuiDa which is 100 % owned by Shanxi JinHui Group) aims to manufacture ECOWORLD PBAT based PLA compound (ECOWILL FP-0335). With the financial support, mature technology, stable elite team, and most importantly a sister company JinHui ZhaoLong which produces stable quality PBAT, SenRuiDa has built a close and solid collaboration with local wellknown plastic bag manufactures and successfully helped them transform from traditional PE bags producers to biodegradable bag suppliers. Through full aspects of cooperation from all parties since beginning, currently around 90 % Jilin Province’s biodegradable shopping bags are made with SenRuida’s material (ECOWILL FP-0335), especially the first line super-markets and well known international enterprises like Wall-mart and KFC in Jilin. They all gave active respond and action to this ban. “The challenges we face are real, even though we have advantages of raw materials and technology, a lot of work needs to be done, which is not only for us, for Jilin, but also for China, for the coming generations, for our human being on the planet. After all, action speaks louder than everything. No matter how hard it will be, we have determined to do it”, as Janice Li said, the vice president of Shanxi JinHui Group. “Actually, each person can do his or her contribution to our environment, we together can do better, we can do more, and so as to we could embrace a bright future.” Jilin’s Ban on Traditional Plastics is just like one corner of the biodegradable industrial iceberg, which is effectively creating market demand and fostering the biodegradable plastics industry development in China. SenRuida is planning to reach a 30,000 tonnes /yr compounding capacity by year 2017 in Jilin. In the near coming days, no doubt will the biodegradable plastics market of China grow larger, and Shanxi JinHui Group has been ready to play its key role to build a greener and healthier environment. The target of Shanxi JinHui Group is to become an influential bioplastics enterprise globally in terms of technology, product range, services and market influence. “We are willing to work with companies with same vision, such as providing greener and safer environment for coming generations. I believe that companies with strong financial background, stable material supplies, growing market and mature industrialized technologies will succeed with support of strong government regulations. But most importantly, an open mind to learn and to cooperate from all parties is the key. We are open to work with all of you to push forward biodegradable plastics development in China.” said Janice Li. bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/15] Vol. 10 15

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