NatureWorks LLC Expands Resin Distribution with Ashland in North America

MINNETONKA, Minn., March 19, 2009 – NatureWorks LLC is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Ashland Distribution to distribute NatureWorks’ products in North America. This agreement signals NatureWorks’ long-term commitment to broadening the supply of Ingeo™ biopolymer to North American plastics processors. It is another indication that the Ingeo market is growing fast and that NatureWorks and Ashland are ready to supply it.

Ashland Distribution — a leader in the distribution of thermoplastic materials throughout North America, Europe, and China — distributes a wide range of products from commodities to engineering materials for the injection, extrusion, blow molding and rotational molding markets. This agreement with NatureWorks enables plastics processors of any size to benefit from the many advantages that Ashland offers, including local inventory and stocking programs, technical service, broad product line, and professional sales staff.

Michael Gilbert, VP of Plastics for Ashland Distribution, relayed, “We are confident about the future success of the NatureWorks relationship and the enhanced possibilities in the plastic markets by incorporating Ingeo into our distribution mix. With this agreement we are able to provide Ingeo to a wide range of plastics processors to create the innovations today’s brands and retailers are looking for to meet their sustainability objectives.” Processors interested in purchasing Ingeo from Ashland Distribution can call 1-800-531-7106 or visit

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 greenhouse gases than conventional polymers. The company applies its proprietary technology to process natural plant sugars to make Ingeo biopolymer, which is used uniquely to make and market finished products under the Ingeo brand name. NatureWorks LLC is a joint venture between Cargill and Teijin Limited of Japan. For more information, visit


Ingeo and the Ingeo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NatureWorks LLC in the USA and other countries.

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