Manuel Natal

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Manuel Natal 
Director of Product Development, NatureWorks


Breaking it Down: Engineering for Degradability in New Applications

From metal casting to oilfield services, horticulture, food packaging, and food serviceware, a growing number of markets demands a new generation of advanced materials that perform as needed, when needed, and then conveniently “disappear”, so to speak, at the end of their useful life. Whether through vaporization, hydrolysis plus dissolution, or industrial composting, Ingeo and Vercet systems are already preferred in several markets for how they function and how they bid farewell. Other markets have discovered the untapped value and have become inspired to develop & commercialize unique and viable solutions. We’ll explore such markets, degradation mechanisms, and other considerations during this presentation.


Emerging Markets for Ingeo

Focus on new markets, cutting-edge applications, and innovative business models with Manuel Natal, Director of Product Development, and Tim Vanyo, Applications Engineer, as they look into their crystal ball and read the future of our industry.

About Manuel Natal

Manuel has 19+ years of industrial experience, and an extensive 10-year experience at NatureWorks, including leading engineering projects in support of plant operations, capacity expansion, leading the lactide derivatives business unit, and leading new product & application development. Before joining NatureWorks, Manuel spent 9 years at Dow Chemical where he worked on epoxides, glycols, and polyurethanes businesses. Manuel is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.


Don’t just take our word for it

I strongly recommend Innovation Takes Root. It's a good opportunity to understand and see what happens in this area of biopolymers. It's an international event and not just on PLA. I think it's well done, well-managed, and well-organized. It was a good investment for me.
Marco Garilli

Innovation Expert - Polymers, Electrolux

I'd definitely come back (to ITR) and recommend it. I think many different industries could learn something from a conference like this - it really is focused on the next level of sustainability.
Maddie Guillory

Vice President, Titan Robotics

It has been a wonderful event; very well organized. I especially appreciate the scheduling of activities, the alternation of speeches, and time to network, which has been one of the key successes from my point of view. We also felt very supported by your team; we had the feeling you believe in what Flo is doing and, for us, that's very important.
Tazio Zerbini

Operations Director, Flo S.p.A.