NatureWorks Assesses Second Ingeo Manufacturing Location

The company looks beyond ongoing expansion at its founding U.S. facility

MINNETONKA, Minn., March 12, 2009 – Anticipating rising global demand for alternatives to petroleum based plastics, NatureWorks LLC, maker of Ingeo™ natural plastic resin, is assessing locations for a second manufacturing plant. With current sales of its Ingeo bioresin in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, NatureWorks will evaluate the location for a potential new resin production facility based on projected growth in these regions and the availability of plant-based feedstock required for Ingeo processing.

“Investing in a second production facility would support brand owners committed to environmentally preferable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, and would be a significant step forward for NatureWorks,” said Marc Verbruggen, president and CEO. “We anticipate continued advancements in the resin’s performance, as well as an increase in the number of products and applications using Ingeo. We’re starting our assessment now, recognizing that typical timeframes for design and construction of such facilities can be 3 years after a decision is made.”

NatureWorks was the first company to produce a natural plastic resin in commercial quantities. Late last year, the Ingeo facility in Blair, Nebraska, inaugurated a new manufacturing process that further lowered CO2 emissions and reduced the energy required to produce Ingeo bioresin. By mid-year 2009, equipment installation and commissioning currently underway will enable the Blair facility to produce up to its full Ingeo design capacity of 140,000 metric tons (~ 300 million lbs).

NatureWorks portfolio of Ingeo biopolymers made from plants, not oil, environmentally outperforms petroleum-based polymers. With performance and product appeal in targeted fibers and plastics applications, Ingeo has seen steady adoption and growth in markets that include packaging, consumer electronics, clothing, textiles, and personal care products.

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 biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. The production of these biopolymers uses less fossil fuel and emits fewer green-house gases than conventional polymers. The company applies its proprietary technology to process natural plant sugars to make Ingeo biopolymer, which is then used uniquely to make and market finished products also under the Ingeo brand name. NatureWorks LLC is a joint venture between Cargill and Teijin Limited of Japan. For more information, visit


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