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Sunday, June 1, 2008

NTI - The Perfect Storm

Plastic waste / Plastic bans all over the news

China limits use of plastic bags out of environmental, energy concern
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Plastic Waste: More Dangerous than Global Warming
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This is both an environmental issue as well as an energy issue

NTI is a double edged sword in this fight, as they have a plastic replacement that is 100% biodegradable AND they have a unique patented process to convert plastic waste to CRUDE OIL



1)Plastic Waste to Crude Oil


Read about this technology


Polymer Energy™ can turn this plastic waste into useable energy



"Polymer Energy(TM) (waste-plastic to oil conversion) machines, which we have just launched in India and Thailand."

Thailand said crude oil imports could be cut by 12% (Thailand article) .
India (India article)

What type of plastic wastes can the Polymer Energy™ system process?

The Polymer Energy™ system is designed to primarily process polyolefins i.e. polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP). The plastic waste is typically of the following types
- Disposable sacks and shopping bags,
- Packaging used for cleansers, cleaning products and cosmetics,
- Plastic parts of household appliances, computers and office equipment
- Plastic containers, tanks, parts of piping and insulation of cables

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2) Biodegradable Products





Unlike the competing plastic products claiming to be 'degradable' or 'oxo-degradable' that only break down into smaller plastic fragments, Natur-Tec products will completely biodegrade within 180 days in accordance with the ASTM D6400 standard for compostable plastics and are certified 100 percent biodegradable and compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute.

Biodegradable bags at "significantly lower" cost and better perfromance properties - From last 10-k

Patents and
trade secrets allow NTIC to produce biodegradable (compostable) plastic products
with better performance properties in comparison to competitive products
currently available in the market, and at a significantly lower price. NTIC's
products include totally biodegradable compost bags, agricultural film and other
products intended for single-use disposable packaging applications.

Natur-Tec™ polymer resins are engineered for high performance, ease of processing and reduced cost, and can be easily processed
by converters using conventional manufacturing processes and equipment.

By using Natur-Tec products as an alternative to conventional plastics, industry and consumers are able to reduce their carbon footprint and move towards a zero carbon or carbon neutral footprint.

MBLX which has a market cap of approximately 255 million, is working to develop alternatives to petrochemical-based plastics, chemicals, and energy. NTI market cap is approximately 55 million and they have proven product that just completed test sales.


Must read NTI article

Biodegradable Plastic Markets with high growths to 2015 over 6 Billion US Dollar and 12.5 bn 2025
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The Company has a 2.6m float and 3.7m o/s shares (per Bloomberg) and is profitable with .18 eps last quarter and .35 eps for the first six months of 2008. Revenues were down due to the loss of a customer that the Company said did not impact net income. The Company has an IBD eps rating of 94.

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