Ingeo News: Volume 10, Issue 3
January 8, 2014
Innovation Takes Root, the Ingeo biopolymers conference, is coming soon!
ITR Will Feature More than 50 Speakers
Speakers representing more than 50 companies, including thought leaders from Stratasys, Unilever, Danone, Lego, Kimberly-Clark, Kodak, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Green Sports Alliance, GreenBlue, and European Bioplastics. These industry leaders emphasize the growing maturity of the industry throughout the program. Check out the speakers’ webpage.
ITR sessions offer the latest ideas, strategies, and developments around Ingeo and the biopolymers industry
Six industry tailored breakout sessions will share the latest in biobased innovations, from raw material to retailer, across a breadth of markets, and don't miss the newest session on additive manufacturing or 3D printing with Ingeo. Read More.
Pre-conference workshops on Monday, February 17th
Two workshops are planned for the 2014 Innovation Takes Root giving attendees the opportunity to deeply explore specific topics. Read more.
Attendees and speakers love this conference
"The reason it's important for me to be here, and for all of us in the industry to be here, is that what we put into the package is only part of the story. The package itself is a huge part of our ecological footprint. Our water footprint, our toxins footprint. This isn’t so much about sharing the answers. There's a little bit of humility involved in this process."
- Gary Hirshberg
“There’s this wonderful spirit of collaboration that’s going on here.”
Director Sourcing Sustainability
More Ingeo News
NatureWorks extends Ingeo performance range
Following a major two year production and processing upgrade at the company’s Blair, Neb., production facility, NatureWorks recently released new higher performance Ingeo grades. The new grades for injection molding and extrusion allow faster cycle times and production rates. New fibers and nonwovens grades deliver reduced shrinkage, improved fabric dimensional stability, and increased hydrolysis resistance. A new polymer grade lactide, rich in meso-lactide, can be used as an intermediate for copolymers, amorphous resins, grafted substrates, adhesives, coatings, and elastomers. Production at the Blair facility increased in 2013 from 140,000 to 150,000 metric tons.
European Commission and Private Sector invest in a biobased future
The European Biobased Industries Consortium, a cross sector group of more than 50 large and small companies, has joined forces with the European Commission to set up an unprecedented public-private partnership worth $5.2 billion. The partnership’s goal is to accelerate the deployment of biobased products in Europe by 2020. This biobased industries public-private partnership is set to boost European economic growth and jobs, especially in rural areas, as it invests in new and sustainable ways to organize the economy.
Distributors respond to strong demand for Ingeo
In the last few months, NatureWorks has signed distribution agreements with PTT Polymer Marketing Company for distribution of Ingeo in Thailand and Vietnam, Cromex in Brazil, and First in Colours and D&L Polymers and Colours in the Philippines.
NatureWorks in the News
- How innovation is taking root, Sustainable Nonwovens
- NatureWorks biopolymer can take the heat, FoodProductionDaily.com
- Green Matter: Ingeo helps to give the environment a sporting chance, Plastics Today
- How sports teams divert waste using bioplastic, Environmental Leader
- Professional teams raise bar on zero waste, BioCycle
- Green Matter: Methane feedstock of the future says NatureWorks CEO Verbruggen, Plastics Today
- Natural selection, The Nation
- The future for biopolymers, Sustainable Nonwovens
Minnesota Green Chemistry 2014: Connecting Policy, Technology, and Economy
January 16 | Minneapolis, MN
Marc Verbruggen, NatureWorks’ President/CEO, will provide his perspective on how the renewable materials market is gaining steam in his keynote.
January 26-29 | Oakland, CA
Steve Davies, Director of Marketing & Communications, will present "Improving the Dining Experience: Examples from the Pros."
Innovation Takes Root 2014
February 17-19 | Orlando, FL
Join us for the next ITR conference where we bring together users of Ingeo from all around the globe for three days of collaboration, learning, thought-leadership & networking.
April 8-11 | Geneva, Switzerland
NatureWorks will be exhibiting the latest in Ingeo nonwovens.