Chinaplas: NatureWorks moves forward with expansion in Asia-Pacific

Guangzhou, China - Rich Weber, the newly appointed Asia-Pacific commercial director for NatureWorks, said Southeast Asia is a natural spot for the company to grow.

"It makes sense from a biomaterial standpoint, along with a fully integrated supply chain and a large petrochemical infrastructure," he told PlasticsToday at Chinaplas 2013. "There's a lot of strong growth there."

The world's largest maker of polylactic acid, which is used to feed polymer plants, recently announced that the company has located its first Asia-Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok and has expanded its team of senior commercial, managerial and technical personnel.

By establishing a physical footprint in Thailand, NatureWorks believes it will be better able to support the growth of its existing customers in northern Asia and develop new business in Southeast Asia. The company plans to add warehousing and logistics capabilities, which the company said will improve its supply chain by providing safety stock and the flexibility, and will also add customer service and finance staff....

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