Sabic Builds PP Pilot Plant in the Netherlands
Sabic will have a new pilot plant for development of next-generation polypropylenes on-stream in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands, by the end of March next year. The plant, which will use gas-phase polymerization technology, will support the production at nearby full-scale plants of superior materials that meet the needs of the different industries like automotive, pipe, appliances and advanced packaging.
The pilot plant is the latest in a series of investments being made by SABIC at the Brightlands Chemelot R&D and manufacturing campus in Sittard-Geleen. “When it starts up next year, we will have considerably more capacity to develop new PP materials for commercialization in our current European assets in Geleen and in Gelsenkirchen, Germany,” says Lina Prada, Global PP Technology Director. The company already opened a new research facility there in May.
Sabic is looking in particular to develop grades with improved stiffness/impact, flow properties and other specific secondary properties needed in different industries. The company plans to concentrate on development of impact grades of polypropylene, as well as random copolymers and homopolymers. It will also carry out experiments on advanced catalysts. The plant will complement pilot plants used by Sabic at other strategic locations, and would support the strategic innovation initiatives to address continuously evolving market needs.
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