THAILAND: NatureWorks appoints PLA distributor; commissioning expansion in Thailand

PTTGC last year acquired a 50 % interest in NatureWorks, which had a 140,000-t/y PLA facility in the USA and was building a 140,000 t/y PLA plant in Thailand.

"PTTPM has experienced plastics industry sales and technical personnel, as well as a broad customer base in both Thailand and Vietnam,” said Rich Weber, Asia Pacific commercial director for NatureWorks.

Separately, in reporting its quarterly results, PTTGC disclosed that NatureWorks in April "started commissioning of the expansion portion of the PLA plant, which increases the nameplate capacity of PLA from 140,000 t/y to 150,000 t/y.”

Source: Weekly "PetroChemical News", Durham, NC, USA; 13 May 2013

(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)