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5th Ingeo Biopolymer Conference Speakers and Program Announced – Begins on March 30

Ikea, Green Sports Alliance, World Wildlife Fund, and Minnesota Twins join Duke University and a host of others at the 2016 conference. The program features 40 speakers, 8 parallel tracks, and 3 workshops

MINNETONKA, Minn. March 3, 2016 – Conference speakers and program are now finalized and available for review online for the 5th edition of Innovation Takes Root (ITR), a three-day event bringing together global Ingeo™ channel partners from the entire bioplastic value chain to learn more about the latest developments in new products, applications, processing, and converting, amidst a broader global perspective of social trends and policy initiatives. ITR will be held March 30 – April 1, 2016, at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Orlando, Florida.

This year marks the fifth ITR conference, which began in 2008 and is held biennially. This conference is designed to share the latest innovations occurring in a host of different markets, which include 3D printing, food serviceware, single serve beverage capsules, flexible and rigid packaging, and personal care products. The conference anchors material and product innovations within the broader context of societal, environmental, and market trends. Conference plenary sessions feature global brands, leading academics, and non-governmental organizations, while market focused sessions include in depth discussion on:

  1. Single serve beverage delivery systems
  2. New developments in Ingeo flexible packaging
  3. Advancements in dairy, dessert, and chilled snack packaging
  4. Food serviceware
  5. New horizons for Ingeo in 3D printing
  6. Ingeo fibers and nonwovens advancements

Plenary Sessions

Plenary speakers present the overall bioeconomy and sustainability context for the conference. Plenary speakers include Ikea, describing the company's vision for sustainable materials innovation – "Circular Ikea." A representative of the Green Sports Alliance will show how the organization's more than 300 member sports leagues, teams, and arenas are partnering with industry to drive societal change in terms of less waste going to landfills. The Director of Duke University's Center for Sustainability & Commerce will place bioplastics in the broader context of the USA's $369 billion bioeconomy. A representative from World Wildlife Fund, founding member of the Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance, will describe the NGO's partnership with brand owners on responsible applications of bioplastics and how these practices have the opportunity to positively impact the environment.

The best-selling author of "Outthink the Competition," Fast Company blogger, and business strategist Kaihan Krippendorff sets the tone for the conference in an opening keynote addressing how companies can succeed by unlocking innovation and seizing opportunities others ignore. In a day-two opening keynote, a speaker from the non-profit e-Nable describes how the creation of the first 3D printed hand made for a five-year-old child has quickly evolved into a passionate volunteer network that is positively transforming the lives of children around the globe.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Three four-hour workshops will be offered on Wednesday, March 30. Two are technical in nature, covering the theory and practice of delivering heat resistance and practical approaches to impact modification. The third workshop, Progressing the Ingeo Journey, offers an in-depth look at Ingeo feedstock diversification, feedstock sustainability and certification, relevant regional and global regulations, strategies and pilots for increasing Ingeo post-consumer and post-industrial recovery, and the latest Ingeo life cycle assessment.

"ITR is an ideal opportunity to discover new solutions, network with the full spectrum of plastics industry subject matter experts, and learn more about the impact of key market, social, and environmental trends," said Jim Nangeroni, Ph.D., Program Co-Chair.

At the 2014 ITR, there were 197 companies represented. Attendees came from 27 countries, and there were 30 exhibitors. Visit the Innovation Takes Root website for detailed information on the upcoming program, including individual presentations. Attendees can also register online and book hotel accommodations. Follow NatureWorks on Twitter (@natureworks) for the latest updates #ITR2016. For more information about NatureWorks and Ingeo, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

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. Today, NatureWorks is a world leading biopolymers supplier and innovator with its Ingeo portfolio of naturally advanced materials made from renewable, abundant feedstocks 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, which provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. For general information on NatureWorks and Ingeo, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

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