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NatureWorks awards contract for new production facility

September 24, 2013

NatureWorks has awarded Jacobs the engineering design contract for the company’s next world-scale Ingeo production plant in Southeast Asia.

Jacobs, headquartered in Pasadena, CA, is 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 and is the next stage of what is a multi-year project that will move into detailed engineering design, procurement, construction, and plant start-up," says Steve Bray, director of manufacturing and engineering, NatureWorks. The company noted that these phases of the project collectively may require three years for completion, with Thailand currently targeted as the preferred plant location.

Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that the project is expected to be executed primarily out of Jacobs’ Greenville, SC office.

Ingeo is made from locally abundant renewable plant materials, not oil. 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.

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