BP Consulting, Inc. to distribute Ingeo biopolymer in Japan

At Eco-Products 2010 at Tokyo Big Sight, both companies will be present and supporting Ingeo™ partners, Dec. 9-11

MINNETONKA, Minn. / TOKYO, November 30, 2010 -- NatureWorks LLC and BP Consulting, Inc. announced today that BP Consulting will begin distributing Ingeo biopolymer in Japan. Ingeo is an innovative plastic that is made from plants, not oil.

Since BP Consulting’s inception in 2007, it has been an innovator in bio-based packaging materials. This passion for innovation, in addition to the company’s commitment to offer sustainable solutions to the Japanese market, moved the company to focus on Ingeo applications.

"The broad distribution of Ingeo biopolymers to Japanese manufacturers and brand owners will give companies new opportunities to develop more sustainable packaging, foodservice items, health and beauty aids, durable/semi-durables, compounded resins, and nonwovens," says BP Consulting president Takeyuki Yamamatsu. "A number of these products will be for both local consumption and for export to the United States, the European Union, and Asia Pacific — major trading partners with Japan."

BP Consulting will distribute the full Ingeo product family of resins. The company’s personnel will provide technical support to converters and enable them to seamlessly transition plastics made from non-renewable petroleum to Ingeo biopolymers.

The agreement with BP Consulting, Inc. signals NatureWorks’ long-term commitment to support Japanese businesses as they move toward greater sustainability. Ingeo biopolymer, made from renewable plant material, not oil, emits 60 percent less greenhouse gas and requires 48 percent less energy to manufacture into resin as compared to such plastics as PET.

BP Consulting, Inc. and NatureWorks LLC will be present and supporting Ingeo partners at Eco-Products 2010 at Tokyo Big Sight from December 9th to 11th (booth # P-05, Bioplastic Pavilion, East Hall 2).

To view numerous examples of how companies around the world have incorporated Ingeo into their products, visit NatureWorks’ most recent LookBook. For more information on Ingeo, visit www.natureworksllc.com and BP Consulting, Inc. www.bpc-tyo.com.

About NatureWorks LLC
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 biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. For more information, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

About BP Consulting, Inc.
BP Consulting, Inc. (BP: Bio-based Plastic and Packaging), established in 2007, develops and markets innovative biopolymer products. The company’s mission is to promote the performance products made of annually renewable resources that are required for a sustainable society. BP Consulting develops high quality products of 100% biopolymers, or such polymers with minimum use of inorganic minerals and/or food additives, to enhance bio-based product competitiveness. BP Consulting’s cutting edge technologies have accelerated commercialization of a range of unique Ingeo products. Key products include Ingeo laminated film parts, extruded sheets, crystallized injection molded parts, foam products, and shrink films. With access to leading edge processing technologies from Japanese partners, the company manufactures products in Taiwan and other Asia Pacific countries for global markets. For more information, please visit www.bpc-tyo.com.

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