Sabic Expands PP Ventures in Europe
On September 12, Sabic officially inaugurated a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, The Netherlands, and announced a further investment in a state-of-the-art PP extrusion facility to be built at the same location. Both facilities, dedicated to innovation in Sabic PP products, support Sabic’s 2025 strategy to be the preferred world leader in chemicals by delivering ‘Chemistry that Matters’.
In line with Sabic’s strategic commitment to customer-driven innovation, the new PP pilot plant, located at the SABIC’s Global Technology Center for Europe in Geleen, will design next-generation PP materials. It is already on-stream using gas-phase polymerization technology. The plant will enable accelerated development and commercialization of highly innovative material solutions that meet the growing needs of various industries, including automotive, health- and personal care, appliances and advanced packaging.
The new facility will serve to develop grades with improved balance in stiffness and impact resistance, flow properties and other properties specific to target applications. SABIC 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 highly automated, cutting-edge PP extrusion line is expected to be in operation in the fourth quarter of 2017 on SABIC’s Geleen site. It will answer customers’ needs for advanced materials that can support them developing the next generation lightweight applications in industries such as packaging, appliances, automotive, and healthcare.
Across industry, Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Executive Vice President of Petrochemicals at Sabic, explained, there is an increasing need for creative solutions that are sustainable, cost-efficient and compliant with ever-tougher regulations. At the same time, they must provide increased consumer safety and convenience, while delivering improved functionality. Describing how innovation and collaboration are the key enablers of Sabic’s 2025 strategy, he said: “We look at specific challenges and market needs through the lens of collaboration and innovation to create products and solutions that lead to business growth internally and at our customers. Our new investments will open up opportunities to create smarter, more efficient, higher performing products that can generate sustainable solutions for long-term success.”
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