Cereplast, Inc. (NASDAQ: CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary bio-based, compostable and sustainable plastics, announced today that it has opened a European headquarters in Bönen, Germany to support the rapid expansion of its European operations.
Cereplast’s new European headquarters will provide a complete suite of services to clients in the pan-European region and handle logistics between its U.S. and Germany-based offices. The office is located at Siemensstrasse 42, D-59199 in Bönen, Germany. Bönen is 10 miles east of Dortmund, the seventh largest city in Germany.
“In 2010, Cereplast entered into a number of multi-million dollar agreements with European manufacturers and distributors, including Sezersan Ambalaj and RI.ME. Masterbatch S.r.l., and the pipeline for new contracts for Cereplast resin across Europe continues to grow rapidly,” said Frederic Scheer, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cereplast, Inc. “Our new European headquarters will help provide European-based clients with regional support and provide Cereplast with an effective platform and capacity to grow our European operations. This marks the first step toward achieving our plan to open a manufacturing plant in Europe during 2012 that will handle at least 200MM pounds, a production capacity double the size of our U.S. factory.”
In addition to increased consumer awareness concerning the environment, demand in Europe for Cereplast bioplastic resin continues to grow as a result of legislation banning the sale of plastic bags in countries across Europe, including the ban on plastic bags approved by the Italian Parliament on December 23, 2010.
European manufacturers are increasingly seeking out plastic alternatives to comply with legislation that go in to effect in 2011.
Source: Cereplast, press release, 2011-01-04.