Continuing its global manufacturing expansion plan, NatureWorks has been authorized to invest in excess of US$600 million in the new fully integrated Ingeo manufacturing plant, which includes lactic acid, lactide, and polymer. The beginning of the construction for the new manufacturing site in Nakhon Sawan/Thailand, is planned for the 2nd quarter of 2022. With an expected opening in 2024, the facility will have an annual capacity of 75,000 tons of Ingeo biopolymer and produce the full portfolio of Ingeo grades.
In 2002, NatureWorks became the first company to produce PLA biopolymers at commercial scale. In 2013, NatureWorks expanded its facility in Blair, NE/USA, to a capacity of 150,000 tons/year.
The expanded global production of Ingeo biopolymers will support growth in markets including 3D printing and hygiene as well as compostable coffee capsules, tea bags, flexible packaging.