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Global consumption of biodegradable materials has been on the rise and in Asia, the use of bio-based and biodegradable materials as an alternative has seen tremendous growth. The 2017 Asia Plastics Processing Technology and Innovative Materials Summit, organized by Ringier Trade Media Ltd, culminated with a Factory Tour on September 7 at the Inter Aneka Lestari Kimia PT production site. 

The factory tour gave the conference participants an introduction on the company operations and its products. International Plastics News for Asia (IRNA) learned from Ir. Herman Moeliana, President Director of Inter Aneka Lestari Kimia PT, how the company has been able to develop ENVIPLAST®, a green alternative to plastic. 

In the interview, Mr. Moeliana said that Inter Aneka Lestari Kimia was founded in 1985 to manufacture chemical products for building related purposes. In 1990, the masterbatch and polymer compound business division was established to serve the growing plastic industry in Indonesia.  The biopolymer compound business unit, as well as the research and development division (R&D) was established in 2006. In 2011, ENVIPLAST® was introduced to the market as environmental friendly bio-based pellets and bags/film.
To date, the company has two factory buildings in Tangerang, Indonesia and its production capacity totals 3,000MT annually for pellets and 3,000MT yearly for film/bags. Inter Aneka has been serving the Indonesian domestic market especially the packaging and other sectors. However, it has also set  new sights outside Indonesia as we tap new international markets. 

What makes ENVIPLAST® interesting is that it is a bio-based polymer compound made from industrial natural starch, vegetable oil derivatives and other natural ingredients. It is biodegrading in nature and is safe for plant growth and animals. This product offers solutions to most of the issues as it has a sustainable lifecycle, from the bio-based raw materials, low-cost process and production, to no necessity for end of life processing facilities, and finally back to nature in the form of CO2, H2O and biomass. 

The bags/film produced from the pellets uses similar conventional blown film technology with a processing temperature condition ranging from 120 - 170 ℃. The film can then be used to produce shopping bags, garbage bags, laundry bags, aprons, and multi-purpose disposable flexible packaging. The bags are applicable for supermarkets, hotels, hospitals, department stores, restaurants, and those who wish to contribute to a better environment. ENVIPLAST® bags are available in two types; one with handle (T-shirt) and one with a grip-hole. We also provide customers with custom sizes, which may include logo imprint. Click here to read the interview...