Thailand: Maiden Biocomplex Project Nature Works to Develop New Ingeo PLA Production Facility

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Nature Works has plans to establish a new fully integrated Ingeo PLA production facility in Thailand. Expected to have a capacity of 75,000 tons annually, the plant is scheduled to be completed by 2024.

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Nature Works recently completed the front-end engineering design work with Jacobs.
Nature Works recently completed the front-end engineering design work with Jacobs.
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Minnetonka/USA – Nature Works recently announced the completion of key milestones in its global manufacturing expansion plan for a new fully integrated Ingeo PLA production facility that is anticipated to open in Thailand by 2024, subject to shareholder approval. When fully operational the new plant will have an annual capacity of 75,000 tons of Ingeo biopolymer and will produce the full portfolio of Ingeo grades.

The Thailand Board of Investment also announced its approval for the project that will be located at the Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex (NBC) in the Nakhon Sawan province. The NBC is the first biocomplex project in Thailand established in accordance with the government's bioeconomy policy.

Nature Works recently completed the front-end engineering design work with Jacobs. Jacobs was selected and managed in partnership with IAG, who provided front-end project management and project controls. Final detailed engineering is currently underway, and Nature Works expects to announce further details on the new facility later this year.

“We are pleased to share these significant accomplishments as part of our next phase for global manufacturing expansion,” said Rich Altice, President and CEO of Nature Works. “The approval and support from the Thailand Board of Investment was a critical milestone on our path towards opening our new facility in Thailand. With both the recently announced capacity expansion at our facility in Blair, Nebraska and this new manufacturing complex, we can further address the global market demand for sustainable materials and continue leading the development of high-performance applications that capitalize on Ingeo’s unique material properties.”

The new manufacturing complex will include production for lactic acid, lactide, and polymer making it the world’s first polylactide facility designed to be fully integrated. Nature Works will build and operate all three facilities, having both process and energy integration to increase efficiency of the manufacturing operation dedicated to Ingeo biopolymer production.

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