Issue Date: March 23, 2009
NatureWorks Mulls New Production
NatureWorks, a joint venture between agricultural giant Cargill and Japan's Teijin, is considering building a second manufacturing plant to make polylactide polymers. At its Blair, Neb., plant, NatureWorks derives the resins from corn by fermenting dextrose and converting the resultant lactic acid into lactide, which it then polymerizes. The resins are used to make plastics and fibers. The company says that it would locate the second facility in the Americas, Asia, or Europe, depending on the strength of those markets and the availability of plant-based feedstocks.
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