NatureWorks to build polylactic acid plant in Asia

19 April 2011 23:00  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US-based bioplastics producer NatureWorks plans to build a polylactic acid (PLA) plant in either Thailand, Malaysia or Singapore, the company said on Tuesday.

NatureWorks plans to specify the location later this year, the company said. It will be the company's second world-scale plant, having a capacity comparable to its facility in Blair, Nebraska, which can produce 140,000 tonnes/year.

The new Asian plant could come on line in 2015, the company said.

NatureWorks is building the plant because of growing demand for Ingeo, its brand of PLA.

NatureWorks is owned by Cargill.

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