Cromex named Ingeo distributor for Brazil

Seeing strong growth potential in Brazil, NatureWorks aligns with Cromex to establish a robust sales channel in the rapidly expanding Brazilian market

MINNETONKA, Minn., May 20, 2013  --  NatureWorks, the world’s leading supplier of biopolymers with Ingeo™ fibers and plastics made from plants, not oil, has named Cromex S.A. as its Ingeo distributor in Brazil. Cromex will bring Ingeo to its broad customer base of thermoformers, film extruders and injection molders. 

"Cromex S.A., a leader in color masterbatches, plastic additives and thermoplastic resin distribution, brings experienced plastics industry sales and technical personnel, as well as a broad customer base to the NatureWorks and Ingeo market expansion," said Salvador Ortega, the Latin America market development manager for NatureWorks. "We evaluated several distributors and found Cromex S.A. to be the strongest, best positioned and best aligned with our organization."

"We are pleased to expand our portfolio of products with the addition of Ingeo, the world’s leading plastic that is made from renewable materials," said Celso Ferraz, distribution director for Cromex. "Our collaboration with NatureWorks now gives converters and brand owners in Brazil the opportunity to develop a full range of innovative products with a reduced carbon footprint."

Cromex S.A. will distribute the comprehensive suite of Ingeo resins developed for the plastics markets. The company’s employees will provide technical support to converters and enable them to seamlessly transition plastics made from non renewable petroleum to Ingeo.

The manufacture of Ingeo emits 60 percent less greenhouse gas and requires 48 percent less energy as compared to such plastics as PET. Ingeo offers converter and brand owners stable pricing as compared to the volatility of the plastics made from petroleum. Ingeo food service items, such as flatware, cups and utensils, are typically biodegradable in industrial composting facilities – enabling the diversion of organics from landfills, where the composting infrastructure exists. Rigid and film-based Ingeo packaging delivers performance advantages. For example, clamshell packaging made with Ingeo requires 20 to 30 percent less material than a comparable package made from PET.

A sampling of current Ingeo solutions can be found online in NatureWorks’ Ingeo LookBook. For more information about NatureWorks and Ingeo, visit www.natureworksllc.com. Follow NatureWorks on Twitter (@natureworks) for the latest updates. The international Ingeo users’ forum Innovation Takes Root will be held February 17-19, 2014 in Orlando, Florida, and a significant number of Latin American attendees are expected.

For Ingeo inquiries to Cromex S.A., please contact: 

Cromex S.A.
Estrada do Corredor, 250
São Paulo – SP
CEP: 02992-210
Brazil

Mr. Celso Ferraz celso.ferraz@cromex.com.br Tel 55 11 2131-5406 

About NatureWorks
NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available, low-carbon-footprint Ingeo™ lactides and biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based intermediates, plastics, and fibers, and provide brand owners new cradle-to-cradle options after the use of their products. NatureWorks is jointly owned by Thailand’s largest chemical producer, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial, and industrial products and services. 

About Cromex S.A.
Cromex is a Brazilian company distributing color masterbatches, plastic additives, and thermoplastic resin distribution to thermoformers, film extruders, and injection molders. www.cromex.com.br

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