NatureWorks expands facility, product offerings

By Staff | October 08, 2012

NatureWorks LLC is expanding its Blair, Neb., facility from 140,000  to 150,000 metric tons-per-year production capacity. Sulzer Ltd. recently shipped proprietary production equipment to the plant. The new equipment will allow NatureWorks to increase production of its Ingeo biopolymer and produce new, high-performance resins and lactides. The equipment is scheduled to be installed in the first quarter of 2013, with the increased capacity and new products becoming available in the second quarter.

The new technology will enable NatureWorks to introduce new high-performance Ingeo resin grades in the injection molding and fibers arenas. The upgrades will also allow NatureWorks to become the world’s first company to offer commercial quantities of a high-purity, polymer-grade lactide rich in the stereoisomer meso-lactide, which will be used as an intermediate for copolymers, amorphous resins, grafted substrates, resin additive/modifiers, adhesives, coatings, elastomers, surfactants, thermosets and solvents.