NatureWorks Expands Bio–Polymer Production with Process Equipment from Sulzer

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Several producers have addressed the functionality requested by the market with what are described chemically as racemic lactides. “Compared to these, the high-purity Ingeo M700 will be easier to process and an overall cost effective alternative to racemic, L-, and D-lactides in a host of industrial applications,” said Dr. Manuel Natal, global segment leader for lactide derivatives at NatureWorks.

Samples Tested With Target Group of Early Adopters

While the new equipment was being manufactured, Sulzer supported NatureWorks to supply a targeted group of early adopters with demonstration samples of these new resin grades and lactides to enable early-stage feasibility work. Once the new equipment is commissioned in the first quarter of 2013, NatureWorks will expand the availability of these developmental samples to include a broader group of potential users.

Ingeo – Making Polymers from Corn

Ingeo is a USDA BioPreferred biopolymer that is made from renewable plant material, not oil. Its environmental footprint in terms of greenhouse gas emission and energy consumption is smaller than all commonly applied petrochemical-based plastics. Over the past several years, NatureWorks has made significant investments in initiatives that address and certify Ingeo’s sustainability from an agricultural perspective through end-of-life scenarios.

Products made from Ingeo span multiple industries and categories, including packaging, electronics, clothing, house wares, health and personal care, semi-durable products, and the foodservice industry. View this special edition Ingeo LookBook for a sampling of the latest Ingeo innovations.

Bii–Polymers could also become big in Europe: Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, calls upon politician to use the driving forces of the market for the transformation of Europe to a more bio-based society. According to Cefic, import duties and unequal tax treatments are a major obstacle for the use of renewable materials: Europe's Bio-Based Future: Cefic's Statement on Renewable Materials