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NatureWorks Forms New Division to Supply Bio-based Chemical Intermediates

Published on 2017-06-21. Author : SpecialChem

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- NatureWorks has formed a Performance Chemicals Division to supply lactides, polyols, binder resins, and chemical intermediates to companies that manufacture innovative C.A.S.E. (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomers), toners, and fine chemicals.

Renewably Sourced Chemical Intermediates

wood coatings NatureWorks
Vercet lactides can be used to create low VOC,
solvent-borne alkyd resins for wood

"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," said Richard Weber, Performance Chemicals Division General Manager. "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."

The Vercet™ Tunable Platform


  • Vercet™ is a new tunable platform of lactide-based chemistries from the NatureWorks Performance Chemicals Division
  • The customizable properties of Vercet polyols provide excellent hardness, solvent resistance, and low color 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 
  • 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 biobased 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.

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