The expanded R&D capabilities are also expected to help build and operate the company’s new fully integrated Ingeo PLA manufacturing complex in Thailand, with an annual capacity of 75,000 tonnes of Ingeo biopolymer
Advanced materials company NatureWorks is set to open a new headquarters and advanced biopolymer research and development (R&D) facility in Plymouth, Minnesota, US.
The company will begin the movement to the new headquarters and R&D facility from next month.
The new R&D facility will feature modern facilities committed to fermentation research and development of new applications using Ingeo PLA biopolymer.
The expanded R&D capabilities are also expected to help build and operate the company’s new fully integrated Ingeo PLA manufacturing complex in Thailand.
Slated to be opened in 2024, the new facility is expected to have an annual capacity of 75,000 tonnes of Ingeo biopolymer. It will involve in the production of full portfolio of Ingeo grades.
NatureWorks president and CEO Rich Altice said: “In the face of these challenging times, we’ve designed a space that will enable research, invention, and collaboration between us, our partners, and the market, no matter where we are located in the world.
“These new facilities will help accelerate the pace of research and innovation as the urgent need for real, safe solutions that help address climate and environmental challenges from plastics and chemicals continues to grow.”
NatureWorks stated that the new space is designed to reflect its mission to create sustainable and high-performance materials, by integrating low environmental impact materials such as lighting, flooring, and art made with Ingeo.
The facility also includes an advanced organics recycling collection system for the diversion of food waste away from landfills and compost them with compostable food serviceware, coffee pods, and tea bags that are available to visitors and employees.
According to the company, the lab allows visitors to view applications of Ingeo ranging from appliances to 3D printing, to compostable and recyclable paper coatings at the new facility.