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About NatureWorks

What began in 1989 as a Cargill research project looking for innovative uses of carbohydrates from plants as feedstock for more sustainable plastics, quickly matured into the innovative materials for which we are known today.

NatureWorks is now an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably-sourced polymers and chemicals to the performance packaging, polymers, fibers, and chemicals markets. With performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers, naturally advanced Ingeo™ polymers are valued for their unique functional properties. For brand owners, there are new cradle-to-cradle options after the use of Ingeo products. Creating performance through chemistry, Vercet™ lactide-based solutions help innovators realize significant, measurable development and performance advantages in products for the C.A.S.E. market.

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.

Our manufacturing facility, located in Blair, Nebraska, USA, has a name plate capacity of 300 million pounds (140,000 metric tons) of Ingeo biopolymer. Our plant came online in 2002. In 2003, we built the world’s largest lactic acid manufacturing facility to feed our polymer plant. Then in 2009 we opened a state-of-the-art applications development facility. In 2016, we opened a new fermentation laboratory to develop commercial-scale methane to lactic acid fermentation technology. Our launch of the Performance Chemicals division in 2017 delivered new lactide-based chemistries through innovative collaborations with customers.

Today, with representatives in over 10 countries, NatureWorks does business in North America, Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific. We continue to work with converters, brandowners and retailers around the world to help introduce products and solutions that span multiple industries and categories, including rigid and flexible packaging solutions; food serviceware; coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers; toners and surfactants; health and personal care; durable products in home, appliance, and electronic categories; and 3D printing filament.