Cibra Nova, a Milan-based manufacturer of machines that weld plastic film, has developed a new glove-making machine that is capable of producing disposable gloves made not only of conventional materials, but also from Novamont's Mater-Bi bioplastic. It is not the first time the company has produced gloves from this material, says Augusto Colombo of Cibra Nova. "We started making them in 2003, but we were much too far ahead of our time," he said. "Competitors from Asia came onto the market with extremely cheap gloves made from conventional materials, and we could not compete. So we stopped."
Now, almost 15 years later, the situation has changed. "We decided we'd try again. We've partnered with Novamont and now we're trying to build demand for these gloves, using Novamont's Mater-Bi material. We see that people appreciate the value of that," said Colombo.