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March 28, 2015 5:31 AM ET


Company Overview of NatureWorks LLC

Company Overview

NatureWorks LLC manufactures and supplies biopolymers. It offers lactides and biopolymers that are used to manufacture a range of finished consumer lifestyle goods, such as apparel, bottles, cards, durable goods, films, folded cartons, fresh food packaging, home textiles, nonwovens, serviceware, lactides, home wares, personal care products, natural plastic food packaging, automotive products, consumer electronics, and durable goods. The company provides its products through representatives, partners, and retailers in North America, Europe, Japan, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. NatureWorks LLC was formerly known as Cargill Dow LLC and changed its name to NatureWorks LLC in February 20...

15305 Minnetonka Boulevard

Minnetonka, MN 55345

United States

Founded in 1997





Key Executives for NatureWorks LLC

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 54
Public Affairs and Communications Director
Business Development Manager of Bottles
Marketing and Public Affairs Director
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

NatureWorks LLC Key Developments

NatureWorks and Natur-Tec Begin Sales of Ingeo in India

NatureWorks and Northern Technologies International Corporation announced the companies are collaborating on marketing and sales of Ingeo in India and surrounding countries, including Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This is the first major sales initiative on the Indian subcontinent for Ingeo, a naturally advanced bio-plastic with a host of commercial uses including rigid and flexible packaging, foodservice ware, personal care products, textiles, in-home durable products, appliances and electronics, and the latest innovations in 3D printing. Initial sales and market development emphasis are focused on flexible films for packaging such items as food and branded consumer goods, paper-based packaging where a thin film of Ingeo provides barrier properties, rigid containers for such products as yogurt, and foodservice ware. Natur-Tec and NatureWorks will also be working with regulatory agencies on waste reduction demonstration projects.

DOE Awards $2.5 Million to NatureWorks to Transform Biogas into the Lactic Acid Building Block for Ingeo

The U.S. Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Bioenergy Technologies Office announced a grant of up to $2.5 million to NatureWorks in support of an ongoing program that aims to sequester and use methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as a feedstock for the company's Ingeo(TM) biopolymers and intermediates. The grant supports an ongoing multi-year joint development program between NatureWorks and Calysta, with the specific goal of transforming, via a fermentation process, renewable biomethane into lactic acid, the building block for Ingeo. Ingeo naturally advanced bioplastics and intermediates are used worldwide in a host of consumer and industrial products. The research and development (R&D) collaboration with Calysta addresses NatureWorks' strategic interests in feedstock diversification and a structurally simplified, lower cost Ingeo production platform and leverages Calysta's Biological Gas-to-Chemicals(R) platform for biological conversion of methane to high value chemicals. For NatureWorks, methane could be an additional feedstock several generations removed from the simple plant sugars used in a lactic acid fermentation process at the NatureWorks Blair, Nebraska, Ingeo production facility.

NatureWorks Introduces its Next Generation Polymer Grade Lactide

NatureWorks, LLC announced world scale availability of its new Ingeo(TM) M700, a high-purity, polymer-grade lactide rich in meso-lactide. Ingeo M700 has been designed to package and deliver performance and functionality all in one unique molecule. This is different than previous industry approaches, which have attempted to deliver the functionality requested by the market with mixtures of two different materials, L-lactide and D-lactide. Ingeo M700 lactide can be used as an intermediate for copolymers, amorphous resins, grafted substrates, resin additives and modifiers, adhesives, coatings, elastomers, printing toners, surfactants, thermosets and solvents. Ingeo M700's melting point is below 60degC, compared to racemic lactide's melting point of nearly 130degC, and L- and D-lactide's around 97degC. Providing a product with a lower melting point allows NatureWorks to supply processors with a more effective chemical intermediate on a number of different levels. For example, because of its lower processing temperatures, Ingeo M700 offers more energy efficient and generally easier manufacturing processes to deliver ester functionality and, because it is effectively an anhydrous form of lactic acid, processors will not have to deal with water when using Ingeo M700. Ingeo M700 is up to two times more susceptible to ring-opening reactions than L-, D- or racemic lactides, which can mean less catalyst usage, lower reaction temperatures, faster reaction time and improved throughput. It can be processed below 80degC, which under most circumstances eliminates the need to handle expensive solid particles and allows easier processing.

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