18 January 2001 17:29 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (CNI)--Two US magazines have recognised Cargill Dow's NatureWorks polylactic acid (PLA) technology as among the most "influential" scientific developments of the past year, according to announcements on Thursday.
In Popular Mechanics, the product earned placement among its 2001 Design and Engineering Awards. And, Industry Week ranked NatureWorks as one of the top technologies for last year, placing it in a category with the Human Genome Project.
Popular Mechanics cited NatureWorks for its impact in the chemical, fibre and plastic industries.
Cargill Dow is a 50:50 joint venture of Dow Chemical and privately-held Cargill established to develop ways to use plants as a raw material for chemical and plastics applications. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cargill Dow is currently building a world-scale plant for production of NatureWorks in Blair, Nebraska.
Citing the recognition, Randy Howard, president of the venture, described the product as one that will set "a standard for the future as we lead the way into the next industrial revolution."
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