Biodegradable plastics

I had the opportunity to visit two plastic factories in Johor today – Dragonpak and Heng Hiap Industries. These companies received Commercialisation of Research & Development Fund (CRDF) from Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC).

For societal well-being, all plastics in the market should be biodegradable which is now possible with the advancement of technology.

MOSTI through MTDC funded the commercialisation of an Oxo biodegradable polymer additive technology implemented by a partner, Dragonpak Industries (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Based in Taman Sri Alam, Johor Baru, they produce 500 tonnes of biodegradable plastic bags monthly, of which 400 tonnes are exported to 20 countries including seven in Europe. Others are African Countries, Indonesia, India and the United States. This additive has also been patented in over 170 countries.

It is unfortunate that only one-fifth of its production volume is being used by Malaysians and yet the demand for plastic bags in Malaysia is very big.

This is another case of Malaysians not appreciative of our very own Made in Malaysia products.

I visited this factory this morning and MOSTI will promote this product, as Plastics and Composites being one of the five sectors that have been identified in the Mega Science 3.0. The other four sectors are Tourism, Creative, Automotive and Furniture.

Heng Hiap Industries Sdn Bhd’s Smart Factory is another impressive case. The factory is a plastics recycling plant with integrated recycled rainwater and powered by diesel made from plastic scraps that enables it to leave negative carbon footprint.

Last year it received a Gold certification of Green Building Index under the Industrial Building category, the first and only in the country.

The primary business of Heng Hiap is producing high performance plastic resins from plastic scraps. Meaning a combination of good characteristics can be incorporated into the newly made plastics.

Currently they are looking into producing new coal and oil from plastic scraps. They generate their own power from the 1000 litre of biodiesel obtained from these scraps.

Classic example of waste to wealth!

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