NatureWorks Awards Contract for Front End Engineering of Its New Ingeo™ Production Facility

  NatureWorks Awards Contract for Front End Engineering of Its New Ingeo™
  Production Facility

  Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., one of the world’s largest and most diverse
    providers of professional technical services, selected for the project

Business Wire

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- September 24, 2013

NatureWorks announced today that Jacobs (NYSE:JEC) has been awarded the
engineering design contract for the company’s next world-scale Ingeo^™
production plant in Southeast Asia.

Jacobs, headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., is one of the world's largest and
most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services
with extensive experience in polymer and chemical plant design and

“Jacobs’ front-end engineering design work will include major equipment design
and is the next stage of what is a multi-year project that will move into
detailed engineering design, procurement, construction, and plant start-up,”
explained Steve Bray, Director of Manufacturing and Engineering, NatureWorks.
The company noted that these phases of the project collectively may require
three years for completion, with Thailand currently targeted as the preferred
plant location.

Jacobs Group Vice President Chris Nagel stated, “We’re delighted to continue
our partnership with NatureWorks as they expand support to their clients in
the Asia Pacific region and increase their global production efforts.”

Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the project is
expected to be executed primarily out of Jacobs’ Greenville, South Carolina

Ingeo is made from locally abundant renewable plant materials, not oil. In
2002, NatureWorks became the first company to produce a biopolymer at
world-scale quantity. In 2013, NatureWorks expanded its flagship Blair
facility to an annual total Ingeo capacity of 150,000 metric tons, and located
its first Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok, expanding its team of
senior commercial, managerial, and technical personnel to enhance support of
Ingeo customers throughout the region.

A sampling of current Ingeo products can be found online in NatureWorks’ Ingeo
LookBook. For more information about NatureWorks and Ingeo, visit 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, Florida.

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.

Ingeo and the Ingeo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
NatureWorks LLC in the USA and other countries.


For NatureWorks LLC:
GB Network, Milano
Silvia Loda, +39 02 76018402
Steve Sterling, +1 952-935-0078
Asia Pacific & Japan
Pauline Ning, +86-138 1650 1881
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