Full Innovation Takes Root Program Released Featuring New Speakers for September 2018 Conference



announced today the full program for the sixth Innovation
Takes Root
: A NatureWorks Advanced Biomaterials Forum. Innovation
Takes Root (ITR) draws brand owners, global thought leaders,
sustainability professionals, marketers, and business leaders together
with scientists and engineers from the biomaterials value chain. The
forum offers a full-scale immersion into rethinking and remaking
products that will address the need for performance materials while
embracing the growing consumer preference for sustainability and the
tenants of the circular economy.

ITR’s program features over 60 speakers across six breakout sessions,
four workshops, and two plenary sessions. The program will illustrate
the latest developments in the market based on new product introductions
and innovations in applications, processing, and converting amidst a
broader context on changes around the world from a policy, legislative,
and societal perspective.

Speakers highlight new applications innovation driven by brand owners
and consumers.

Parallel breakout sessions over two days will each explore a market
integrating presentations on key market drivers with new Ingeo product
and application technologies. Sessions will highlight applications such
as coffee capsules, tea bags, nonwovens for personal care, compostable
food serviceware, 3D printing, foundry, flexible food packaging, and

Workshops go in-depth on critical industry issues and technical

Focused workshops designed to provide an in-depth exploration of
industry critical topics and technical performance opportunities are
available in addition to the regular program:

Open plenary will highlight how incoming generations and evolving
consumer preference is driving innovation up the materials supply chain.

The opening plenary session on September 10 will kick off with
father/son team, David and Jonah Stillman. As experts in emerging
generational characteristics and workplace trends, the duo will describe
expectations of future “Gen Z” consumers and workplace colleagues and
how this will affect the biomaterials industry. Representing the Ellen
MacArthur Foundation, Mats Linder speak about how the products and
materials we consume fit into the construct of the circular economy, a
restorative and regenerative model embraced by brands globally. Just as
important as the re-use of materials or end-of-life considerations for
products, the way in which materials are sourced is a concern at the
forefront. Dr. Norbert Schmitz, from ISCC, will present on certified
sustainable agricultural practices and how essential they are to
creating biomaterials that live up to their sustainable ideals. Omar
Hoek from Ahlstrom, Marco Garilli from Electrolux, and Marc DeSchutter
from Danone will then share examples of how brands and the supply chain
can and must partner together to create real, sustainable solutions for
materials and manufacturing that align with brand commitments to
delivering superior consumer products alongside pledges for

Innovation Takes Root will be held September 10-12, 2018, at the Rancho
Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California. Organizers are expecting
attendees from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and
more. Register now on the Innovation
Takes Root
website, and follow NatureWorks on Twitter (@natureworks,
#ITR2018) for the latest updates. For more information about NatureWorks
and Ingeo, visit natureworksllc.com.

About NatureWorks

NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio
of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals to the packaging, polymers,
fibers, and chemicals markets. With performance and economics that
compete with oil-based plastics and fibers, naturally advanced Ingeo™
polymers are valued for their unique functional properties and used in
products from coffee capsules and electronics to diapers and wipes.
Creating performance through chemistry, Vercet™ lactide-based solutions
help innovators realize significant, measurable performance and cost
advantages in products such as CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, and
elastomers), toners, and surfactants. NatureWorks is jointly owned by
Thailand’s largest ASEAN leading integrated petrochemical and refining
company, PTT Global Chemical, and Cargill, which provides food,
agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the
world. www.natureworksllc.com;
follow NatureWorks on Twitter @natureworks

Ingeo and the Ingeo logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of
NatureWorks LLC in the USA and other countries.



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