Australia-based Cardia Bioplastics has expanded film and bag production at its new purpose-built factory in Nanjing, China.

As part of the expansion, the company has installed six new film extrusion and bag making lines at the factory, which will enable it to meet rising demand for its products.

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Cardia Bioplastics has also received orders worth $150,000 from the US and European retailers for its sustainable dog waste bags, which will be manufactured at the China factory.

With the new film extrusion and bag making equipment, Cardia will be capable of doubling its production of both biohybrid and compostable bags to over 250 million bags annually.

The company said that the factory has been running at full capacity from the start due to the increasing number of councils that have opted for Cardia compostable waste management products.

The factory produces a range of compostable and biohybrid bags, films and custom products for a range of retailers, brand owners and councils worldwide.

"Our new purpose-built factory in Nanjing has doubled our annual production capacity to 250 million bags."

Cardia Bioplastics China general manager Jackie Chen said: "We are delighted with the expansion of our film and bag production. Our new purpose-built factory in Nanjing has doubled our annual production capacity to 250 million bags, enabling us to deliver the continually increasing orders and further grow our business.

"We have received large orders from US and European retailers who are keen to stock our compostable and biohybrid dog waste bags."

Cardia Bioplastics managing director Frank Glatz said: "The move to the new factory and expansion of film extrusion and bag making has been well timed, with the growing demand for sustainable bags and products with a lower carbon footprint, driven by consumers, brand owners, governments and councils our Compostable and Biohybrid bags and films are in demand as the quality sustainable solution.

"Following the success of Interzoo 2014 trade fair, we committed to the purchase of six additional new film extrusion and bag making lines. With these production lines in full operation, we are well positioned to meet further increased orders."

Image: Cardia Bioplastics implements expansion of film and bag production in China. Photo: courtesy of Cardia Bioplastics.