Ingeo News: February 2022

NatureWorks to Open New Headquarters and Advanced Biopolymers Research and Development Facility

n response to rapid growth in the market for sustainable biomaterials, NatureWorks has announced our intent to open a new headquarters and advanced biopolymer research facility in Plymouth, MN. Expanded laboratory capabilities will support research into the full circular lifecyle of Ingeo™️ biopolymers from next generation fermentation technology to new applications, to increased functionality.

The expanded R&D capabilities will also support the construction and operation of NatureWorks’s new fully integrated Ingeo PLA manufacturing complex located in Thailand. With an expected opening in 2024, the facility will have an annual capacity of 75,000 tons of Ingeo biopolymer and produce the full portfolio of Ingeo grades.

“In the face of these challenging times, we’ve designed a space that will enable research, invention, and collaboration between us, our partners, and the market, no matter where we are located in the world,” said Rich Altice, President & CEO of NatureWorks. “These new facilities will help accelerate the pace of research and innovation as the urgent need for real, safe solutions that help address climate and environmental challenges from plastics and chemicals continues to grow.” Read the press release.

Sulzer’s PLA Bioplastics Production Technology Selected for NatureWorks’ New plant

On January 13th, Sulzer announced via press release that their PLA bioplastics production technology has been selected for NatureWorks’ new plant, which will be located in Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex, Thailand and will have an annual capacity of 75,000 tons. The new, fully integrated plant will use Sulzer Chemtech’s advanced purification and polymer production technology onsite.

Steve Bray, Vice President of Operations and Project Program Manager at NatureWorks, comments: “Sulzer Chemtech’s specialists have a proven track record delivering highly effective PLA units, and we are looking forward to this cooperation between two market leaders in PLA technology. Leveraging their expertise in process technologies for lactide and PLA products, NatureWorks will design and construct a state-of-the-art production facility that will increase the global availability of functional, high quality Ingeo biopolymers.” Read the press release.

Ingeo in a Biobased Additive Manufacturing Composite for Large Format Printing

On January 28th, NatureWorks Applications Engineer, Deepak Venkatraman, joined the Alliance for Pulp & Paper Technology Innovation (APPTI) webinar on Biobased Materials for Advanced Manufacturing. He shared how Ingeo had a role in the large format additive manufacturing composite developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the UMaine Advanced Structures and Composites Center. Deepak’s section begins at 1:02:45, but all the speakers deliver great content on the project collaboration.

2022 Green Sports Alliance Summit Registration is NOW OPEN

Recently, the 2022 Green Sports Alliance Summit was announced and will take place in-person from June 21 -23 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. NatureWorks is proud to announce sponsorship of this crucial summit.

The 2022 GSA Summit will showcase how sports venues, teams, leagues, and corporate partners around the world are taking ambitious action on both environmental and social issues to create a more sustainable, just, and resilient future for all.

Learn how the scope of the sports greening movement continues to expand, including improved operational performance measurement, zero waste efforts, tracking and reporting, as well as commitments on equity and increased diversity in sports. Learn more and register.

David Stanton Retires After 19 Years at NatureWorks

NatureWorks bid farewell to a great colleague on our North American sales team last week. Thanks for the 19 years of stellar work on Team NatureWorks, David Stanton! We'll miss your infectious laugh and complete dedication to our company and mission. Enjoy your retirement!


3D Printing

IC3D’s 2021 3D Printed Toys for Tots Campaign

IC3D has successfully organized another annual effort to donate 3D printed toys to kids in need over the holiday season through Toys for Tots. To date, they printed over 61K toys and had over 421 volunteer “Printing Elves” working to produce the toys. Read some “3D Printing Elf Stories” to get an idea of who was behind the work!

NatureWorks has been a proud Sponsor Plus to this program and we support IC3D’s goal to democratize additive manufacturing. Read more.



Sustainable Bioplastics Asia 

Ian Toh, NatureWorks’ Commercial Director in the Asia Pacific, presented at Sustainable Bioplastics Asia. He covered PLA innovation in the circular economy via market trends and investments. Read more.

Bioplastics Europe 
NatureWorks’ Global Public Affairs Director, Mariagiovanna Vetere, joined the Bio-Plastics Europe Virtual Meeting on How Cooperation Models Strengthen Stakeholder Engagement. She discussed our involvement in a joint venture to open the new Nakhon Sawan Province, Thailand plant starting operations in 2024. Read more.

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The Circular Economy Specialist provides advice to both commercial sales staff and customers who may have questions about environmental impacts for packaging and products made from NatureWorks’ Ingeo™. The Circular Economy Specialist also provides technical assistance and public affairs support on issues around how biobased and compostable polymers provide environmental benefits and contribute to the circular economy. NatureWorks adheres to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation concept of the circular economy, which entails gradually decoupling economic activity from the consumption of finite resources and designing waste out of the system

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