NatureWorks Mulls New Production | March 23, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 12 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 87 Issue 12 | p. 22 | Concentrates
Issue Date: March 23, 2009

NatureWorks Mulls New Production

Department: Business
NatureWorks already makes polylactide in Blair, Neb.
Credit: NatureWorks
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NatureWorks already makes polylactide in Blair, Neb.
Credit: NatureWorks

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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