THAILAND – NatureWorks is well on its way to setting up its first Ingeo production plant in Southeast Asia, having awarded California-based Jacobs Engineering Group Inc the engineering design contract.
One of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services with extensive experience in polymer and chemical plant design and construction. Jacobs’ front-end engineering design work will include major equipment design, explained Steve Bray, NatureWorks’ Director of Manufacturing and Engineering.
“This is next stage of what is a multi-year project that will move into detailed engineering design, procurement, construction, and plant start-up,” he added.
According to the US bioplastics company, these phases of the project collectively may require three years for completion, with Thailand currently targeted as the preferred plant location.
NatureWorks did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the project is expected to be executed primarily out of Jacobs’ Greenville, South Carolina office.
Jacobs Group Vice President Chris Nagel said, “We’re delighted to continue our partnership with NatureWorks as they expand support to their clients in the Asia Pacific region and increase their global production efforts.”
In 2002, NatureWorks became the first company to produce a biopolymer at world-scale quantity. In 2013, NatureWorks expanded its flagship Blair facility to an annual total Ingeo capacity of 150,000 metric tons, and located its first Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok, expanding its team of senior commercial, managerial, and technical personnel to enhance support of Ingeo customers throughout the region.
See PackWebasia.com’s coverage of NatureWork’s Asian expansion:
- NatureWorks appoints Ingeo distributor and compounder in the Philippines
- NatureWorks appoints distributor for Thailand and Vietnam
- NatureWorks locates its first Asia Pacific headquarters in Bangkok
- PTT sets bioplastics production strategy for Thailand
- NatureWorks looks at developing R-PLA markets in Asia
- PTT Global Chemicals supports NatureWorks’ Asian expansion