"NatureWorks is the first company to offer a family of commercially available biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with cost and performance that compete with petroleum-based packaging materials and fibers. It applies its unique technology to the processing of natural plant sugars to create the proprietary polylactide polymer marketed under the Ingeo brand name. NatureWorks represents one of the largest efforts ever in green chemistry and biorefinery.
The manufacturing facility, located in Blair, Nebraska, USA, has a name plate capacity of 300 million pounds (140,000 metric tons) of Ingeo biopolymer. The plant came online in 2002. In 2003, the company built the world’s largest lactic acid manufacturing facility to feed its polymer plant. Then in 2009 it opened a state-of-the-art applications lab. Recently it announced Thailand as a preferred location for a 2nd manufacturing plant.
Today, with representatives in over 10 countries, NatureWorks does business in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. It continues to work with converters, brandowners and retailers around the world to help introduce innovative eco-friendly products made with Ingeo plastics and fibers."