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NatureWorks forms performance chemicals division
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Jun '17
NatureWorks, an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals, has formed a performance chemicals division to supply lactides, polyols, binder resins, and chemical intermediates, for various manufacturing firms, and has announced the launch of Vercet, a new tunable platform of lactide-based chemistries.

The new division will supply chemicals to companies that manufacture innovative C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and fine chemicals.

The customisable properties of Vercet polyols provide excellent hardness, solvent resistance, and low colour in polyurethanes. As components in polyester resins, Vercet lactides can be used to create low volatile organic compound (VOC), solvent-borne alkyd resins for wood, and metal coatings that have excellent adhesion and impact resistance. Solvent-borne coatings and hotmelt adhesives utilising Vercet intermediate resins offer a tunable work life, more end-of-life options, excellent adhesion, as well as low dispensing temperatures for food packaging, paper, fibre board, and wood applications. Vercet lactide-based products will have direct and indirect food contact approval as well as inherent health and environmental safety advantages when compared to traditional chemical building blocks.

Since NatureWorks uses bio-based feedstocks to produce its lactide monomer, the company does not have the price volatility and supply chain pinch points of traditional coating and adhesive components. This helps procurement, finance, and manufacturing personnel at Vercet customer locations better manage product cost.

Richard Weber, performance chemicals division general manager said, “The NatureWorks performance chemicals division delivers renewably sourced chemical intermediates with tailored functionality at competitive prices that help customers move through the R&D process faster with minimal supply chain risk. This new business focuses on collaborative innovation with our customers across R&D, product development and operations – a far different approach than found today with most global suppliers of functional intermediates.” (GK)

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