22 May 2013 12:35 [Source: ICIS news]
GUANGZHOU (ICIS)--China’s processed-food sector has been a source of growing demand for plastics, because of its government’s regulatory efforts on food safety, a source from Dow Chemical’s packaging and special plastics division in Greater China said on Wednesday.
Food safety concerns have led to a rising demand for better packaging, particularly for beverages, meat and wine in the country, according to Lawrence Cheung, commercial director of Dow Chemical’s packaging and special plastics in Greater China.
Cheung was speaking at a press conference for Chinaplas 2013, a plastics raw material and machinery exhibition in Asia.
Cheung added that small packaging sizes would be more popular in China in the future as the government believes that smaller packaging helps process perishable food hygienically and maintains its freshness longer.
Suppliers to the plastics industry need to be attuned to the issues and requirements of the market in order to provide comprehensive solutions, said Peter Wong, commercial vice-president of Dow Chemical’s packaging and special plastics in Asia-Pacific, at the same conference.
Demand for plastics in Asia-Pacific has been rising in line with the region’s economic development, Wong said.
Dow Chemical’s new plastics project in Saudi Arabia will be able to support the growing demand in the region, Wong added.
Chinaplas is held on 20-23 May.
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