NatureWorks, a manufacturer of polylactic acid (PLA), a sugar-derived biopolymer, has started the construction of a new factory in Nakhon Sawan in line with the country’s goal to support a circular and green economy.
PLA is a compostable biopolymer that has multiple applications from coffee capsules and food packaging to household products.
NatureWorks is a 50:50 joint venture between PTT Global Chemical and US-based Cargill Inc.
The US$600 million factory, to be located in the Nakhon Sawan Biocomplex (NBC), is the 2nd biopolymer production facility following an initial plant in Nebraska, in the US. Once completed in the 2nd half of 2024, the factory will have an annual production capacity of 75,000 tonnes of biopolymers.
Kongkrapan Intarajang, Chief Executive and President of PTT Global said the new biopolymer factory will employ the world’s most advanced biopolymer technology and use sugar from Thai cane farmers as a key raw material. This will indirectly add value to Thai agricultural produce.