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First in Colours and D&L Polymers and Colours Named Ingeo Distributor and Compounder in the Philippines

Seeing strong local market interest for renewably sourced, performance products, NatureWorks taps into First in Colours' vast sales network and D&L Polymers and Colours' manufacturing expertise to expand Ingeo™ into the Philippines

MINNETONKA, Minn., July 2, 2013  --  NatureWorks, the world's leading supplier of biopolymers with Ingeo fibers and plastics made from renewable resources, has named First in Colours, (FIC) and D&L Polymers and Colours (DLPC), both wholly-owned subsidiaries of D&L Industries, Inc., as its distribution and compounding partners, respectively, in the rapidly growing Philippine market. FIC will bring Ingeo to its broad customer base of thermoformers, film extruders, and injection molders. To achieve specific properties, DLPC for its part, will perform modifications and compounding of products.

FIC and DLPC are the leading providers of customized dry colorants, color masterbatches, additives and engineered polymers to the local plastics industry for a wide range of applications.

"The Philippines economy and population are growing rapidly," said Daisuke Takabatake, industry segment leader for NatureWorks. "There is a need for low carbon footprint plastics that offer a variety of performance features and also end of life options including industrial composting. Of the potential distribution partners we explored, First in Colours and D&L Polymers and Colours received the highest evaluations in terms of technical support, compounding capability, the ability to carry inventories that shorten delivery times for customers and having a diverse, growing, loyal customer base. We are proud that First in Colours and D&L Polymers and Colours are the NatureWorks distributor and compounder in the Philippines."

First in Colours will distribute the full comprehensive suite of Ingeo resins developed for the plastics markets.

"Bioplastics are an exciting new category of materials," said Lester Lao, managing director for FIC and DLPC. "To be associated with the world's leading producer certainly will give our customers quality, quantity, the broadest range of resins available and access to world class technical support capabilities."

The manufacture of Ingeo emits 60 percent less greenhouse gas and requires 48 percent less energy to manufacture into resin as compared to such plastics as PET. Ingeo offers converters 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, Fla., and a significant number of Asia/Pacific attendees are expected.

For Ingeo inquiries to First in Colours please contact: 

Contact: Noli Jimenez
Email: njimenez@firstincolours.com
Tel. + 63-2-6350680 loc. 220

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 First in Colours

Founded in 1988, First in Colours is the first company in the Philippines to offer customized dry colorants, color masterbatches, additives, and engineered polymers to the local plastics industry for a wide range of applications. Today, its host of services include toll and customer compounding, color matching, color formula verification; customized color masterbatch formulation, color science training, and application development, testing, and laboratory work. www.firstincolours.com

About D&L Polymers and Colours

D&L Polymers and Colours provides local and international plastics industries with custom-designed and formulated dry colorants, color masterbatches and additives, and engineered polymers for a wide range of applications. Established in 2006, it is located in an export-processing zone and is fully compliant with the international management systems (IMS) standards in quality, environment, occupational health, and safety. It is accredited by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent global non-profit product safety testing and certification organization, as color compounder for several UL-registered plastic resins companies. www.dlpc.com.ph

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