Cereplast Appoints Technical Services Engineer For On-Site Customer Service In India

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 21, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP), a leading manufacturer of proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics, today announced the appointment of T. Ram Singh as Technical Services Engineer to support Cereplast's customer base in India with regular on-site services. Mr. Singh will manage production and trial runs, and will provide guidance on process conditions, equipment setup and troubleshooting issues.

"The addition of Mr. Singh is a welcome and necessary step for our company as we work diligently in the short term to facilitate the liquidation of our inventory with our partners in India, and build new and existing long-lasting customer relationships," stated Cereplast Chairman and CEO Mr. Frederic Scheer. "Having feet on the ground in India will allow us to act in a quicker and more efficient manner going forward. Mr. Singh will facilitate a direct line of communication between the Cereplast team and our partners in India, providing ongoing support. India presents an immense opportunity for our product base as it is currently the world's third largest consumer of polymers with approximately 6% market share. Governmental policies and a growing economy have sparked a rise in the continued growth of the polymer market in this region. This addition to our team is a key milestone as we continue to explore activities in the Indian region."  

Mr. Singh has over eighteen years of experience in Injection and Blow Molding, Extrusion Processes and Product Design and Development in the plastics industry. He has worked with Savola Packaging Systems, Sanjay Polymers, KN Petrochemicals and S.H. Polymers, among others.

Mr. Singh has an MBA and a Bachelor of Science from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, a post-graduate degree in Plastics Processing Technology from the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) and a post-graduate degree in Marketing and Sales Management from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavans College of Communications and Management. CIPET is an ISO 9001:2008 QMS, NABL, ISO/IEC 17020 accredited premier national institution devoted to Academic, Technology Support and Research (ATR) activities for the growth of plastics and allied industries in India.

About Cereplast, Inc.

Cereplast, Inc. (Nasdaq:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary biobased, sustainable bioplastics which are used as substitutes for traditional plastics in all major converting processes - such as injection molding, thermoforming, blow molding and extrusions - at a pricing structure that is competitive with traditional plastics. On the cutting-edge of biobased plastic material development, Cereplast now offers resins to meet a variety of customer demands. Cereplast Compostables® resins are ideally suited for single-use applications where high biobased content and compostability are advantageous, especially in the food service industry. Cereplast Sustainables® resins combine high biobased content with the durability and endurance of traditional plastic, making them ideal for applications in industries such as automotive, consumer electronics and packaging. Learn more at www.cereplast.com . You may also visit the Cereplast social networking pages at Facebook.com/Cereplast, Twitter.com/Cereplast and Youtube.com/Cereplastinc.

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