Aeris Environmental has entered a three-year exclusive distribution agreement with Chinese trade distribution firm, Aus Made Express International Group, for its environmentally-friendly, paper-based disinfection range, Southern Cross.
Products in the range include Southern Cross hard surface disinfectant dry paper wipes, Southern Cross skin dry paper wipes and Australian government approved hospital grade disinfectant Evocide Extra, which has residual effect.
Aeris Environmental CEO Peter Bush said Aeris is excited to launch in China.
“The Aus Made team, led by Mr Liu, has been extremely committed in its approach and has made significant investments in pre-launch marketing and regulatory approvals in China,” he said.
“From a manufacturing perspective, we have partnered with third-party groups in Australia with longstanding expertise in paper conversion and chemical manufacturing expertise.”
The Southern Cross and Evocide Extra products will bear the Australian Made logo,
“Aeris is targeting an ever-growing market in China that demands innovative, quality Australian products that provide both enhanced environmental hygiene and a greener planet. The paper-based technologies complement our existing AerisGuard range of sustainable products currently being rolled out with major partners around the world.”
At the range’s official launch last week, federal member of parliament and previous president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) Dr Kerryn Phelps AM told attendees Australia needs to take action to limit the amount of plastic being dumped in rivers and oceans worldwide.
“We are at the front row of the greatest most unprecedented plastic waste tide we have ever faced and we need to find solutions,” she said.
According to the Boomerang Alliance, 275 million tons of plastic waste is generated globally every year.
“Managing waste is an enormous cost burden on councils who have diminishing options for recycling and eliminating plastic waste.
“It’s great to see that business is taking the lead. This all Australian innovation has the potential to disrupt and replace much of the non-biodegradable wet wipe market globally which is valued at over $50 billion,” said Phelps.
Aus Made CEO Liu Huifeng said the partnership will provide opportunities to Chinese businesses and consumers.
“This will generate ongoing export opportunities for Australian manufactured and developed products. We anticipate that the three products now being launched will represent the first step in a stream of innovations that we can bring to the Chinese market, with Aeris, ensuring a cleaner, greener future.”
The Southern Cross range offers a direct replacement alternative for many plastic-based wipes, and incorporates the capability to disinfect both surfaces and hands by moistening the paper-based wipes.
Evocide Extra provides hospital-grade disinfectant capability, effective against bacteria, viruses, mould and mildew, with superior cleaning and extended residual anti-microbial protection properties.
Aeris chairman Maurie Stand said the global market for improved environmental hygiene products is growing rapidly.
“The Southern Cross dry wipes are targeting the replacement of plastic-based wipes, which have a very significant and negative effect on the environment, land fill, our oceans and our waterways,” he said.
“The Southern Cross wipes are 100 per cent paper-based, manufactured exclusively from renewable resources and share the environmental advantages of cellulose-based (paper) technologies which are rapidly replacing plastic in many fields.”
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