Alto Food Packaging is renowned for delivering exceptional innovation in rigid packaging solutions for fresh food. A key part of the Company’s innovation is based on principles of sustainability. As a result, Alto is proud to be in collaboration with Cardia Bioplastics to produce high performance packaging solutions, manufactured with Cardia’s novel thermoplastic starch resins.
“Packaging is an integral part of modern day living and we use it in nearly every thinkable industry,” said Dr Frank Glatz, Managing Director of Cardia. “For this reason, the development of packaging solutions with improved environmental properties, through the use of renewable components, is important for the packaging industry to consider.
“By incorporating our thermoplastic starch resins into their packaging systems, Alto Packaging is taking significant steps to reduce the environmental footprint of their packaging products,” said Dr Glatz.
Initially focusing on fresh food packaging, the new packaging will be manufactured with Cardia’s bioplastic resins, which have a higher renewable content and lower carbon footprint than conventional resins. Furthermore, they are compatible with current plastic recycle processes and will be food safe compliant.
Cardia’s Biohybrid™ resins combine renewable thermoplastics with oil-based polymer material to reduce dependence on finite oil resources and to reduce carbon footprint. The renewable material is derived from corn crop grown for industrial use.
Ron Starnes, Technical Manager of Alto Food Packaging, said: “Alto Packaging is proud to be working in partnership with Cardia Bioplastics to produce high performance packaging solutions with improved environmental attributes.”
“We are serious about creating a more sustainable future through the use of more renewable materials, and we are looking forward to working with Cardia Bioplastics to bring more environmentally-friendly packaging solutions to the market, in Australia and in New Zealand through Alto and associated group companies,” Mr Starnes said.
About Alto Food Packaging
Alto Food Packaging has been operating for over 62 years and today has eight plants in New Zealand and four plants in Australia. The Company has over 300 employees and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Pact Group which has 55 factories and employs more than 3,000 people throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Alto Packaging is now one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading rigid plastic packaging companies, specialising in extrusion and thermoforming; blow moulding and injection moulding for use in a wide range of market areas, including fresh food; beverage; personal care and health; industrial and technical.
About Cardia Bioplastics
Cardia Bioplastics Limited, through its 100%-owned subsidiary Cardia Bioplastics Australia Pty Ltd, is a developer and manufacturer of sustainable resins and finished products derived from renewable resources for the global packaging and plastic products industries. Cardia Bioplastics holds a strong patent portfolio of sustainable resin technologies. The Company was established in 2002 and its main headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia. The Product Development Centre and manufacturing plant is in Nanjing, China and there are also offices in America, Europe, Malaysia and China.
Source: Cardia Bioplastics, press release, 2012-07-09.