To meet customers’ requirements, SABIC continues to invest in the expansion of global production capacity and to add new technology resources in key sectors.
• SABIC’s Expanded Capacity – In 2009, the company added more than I mln tons of polymer capacity at its plants in Sharq and Yansab in Saudi Arabia; expanded bi-model high-density polyethylene (HDPE) production in Germany; and opened a new low-density polyethylene (LDPE) facility in the United Kingdom (U.K.). Considerable capacity will be added when SABIC’s plants in Saudi Kayan and Al-Jubal, Saudi Arabia come online in the near future.
• SABIC® PP Compounding Capabilities – The company will add state-of-the-art specialty PP compounding to its Bay St. Louis, Miss., site in Q1-2011 to satisfy demand from the North American automotive sector. The new Genk, Belgium facility, the largest greenfield PP compounding plant ever built in Europe, will supply polypropylene (PP) compounds to Europe and Stamax® composites to Europe and Asia Pacific.
• Ultem* Polyetherimide (PEI) Resin Production Facility – SABIC Innovative Plastics new Ultem PEI resin production facility in Cartagena, Spain opened in September and will provide customers with enhanced supply reliability. Further, sophisticated technology and scalable capacity for producing ultra-high-temperature Extem* resin grades and specialty intermediates (anhydrides) have been incorporated.
• LDPE Plant – SABIC's Teesside, United Kingdom, plant has a name plate capacity of 400,000 tpa (which makes it the largest plant of its kind in the world). The material targets growing customer needs for packaging applications. This capacity enables SABIC to ensure a reliable and long-term supply of LDPE.
• Exatec* Plasma Coating Technology – There has been an upgrade to the SABIC Innovative Plastics’ businesses plasma coating capabilities at its United States global technology center in Wixom, Mich. The upgrade expands plasma coating capabilities for Lexan* polycarbonate (PC) glazing solutions. These enhanced plasma coatings have been shown to improve the scratch and abrasion resistance of Lexan PC glazing.
2. Technology :SABIC continues to focus on the development of new and future innovations, giving customers a broad and growing portfolio of materials technologies. These materials deliver better performance and added value by reducing system costs, opening up new design opportunities, and driving market penetration and growth. Key technologies include:
• Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Tape Fabric – Jointly developed by SABIC and the Austrian engineering company, Starlinger & Co. Gesellschaft m.b.H. The new fabric can be made with material input that is reduced drastically, compared with a woven fabric made from filaments, while the high-quality chemical and physical characteristics of PET are maintained.
• Extem Resin Blends – A new, incredibly tough family of high-end resin blends for electrical applications, with one of the industry’s highest continuous use heat performance meeting UL 746B requirements up to 240C.
• SABIC PP Flowpact Copolymers – Delivering measurable benefits to converters, particularly for thin-wall packaging. They offer shorter cycle times, lower energy costs and increased down gauging possibilities, and have proven successful in the high-end food packaging sector.
• Ultem PEI Composite Aerospace Board (CAB) – A superior alternative to thermoset aramid honeycomb composites, co-developed and manufactured with Crane & Co. Advantages include much faster cycle times and the ability to be “re-skinned” to lengthen its useful life.
• Light Emitting Diode (LED) Portfolio of Advanced Resin Technologies – Including flame-retardant (FR) Lexan PC resin enabling thin-wall transparent lighting and diffusion applications with UL94 V0 compliance at 1.5 mm.
• SABIC LD/LLDPE – A combined concept with multi layer film, this material enables converters of consumer packaging to reduce material usage considerably while optimizing performance on their equipment. Customers benefit from cost savings, improved down gauging opportunities, higher processing speeds, and lower energy consumption.
• Conductive Noryl GTX* 98 Polyphenylene Oxide (PPO) Resins – Allows automotive designers greater freedom to create larger top-quality, high-precision body panels than previously feasible. They cut the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) by 20 to 40 percent vs. previous grades for increased dimensional stability and improved gap and flush management.
3. Sustainability : Global sustainability issues are at the core of SABIC’s business strategy, built on the company’s commitment to maximize the usefulness of valuable natural resources. Customers want solutions that help reduce their environmental footprint by cutting energy consumption during manufacturing; that help reduce the weight of their products or make them thinner; and that are more easily recycled or include recycled content. Sustainability examples announced here today include:
• SABIC Innovative Plastics’ Sustainability Solutions Portfolio
• SABIC PP Qrystal
• Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) Materials
• SABIC Vestolen A RELY
• SABIC LDPE Ultra Melt Strength (UMS) Line
• New Ultra-Stiff Lexan Thermoclear* Multi-wall PC Sheet
4. Customer Focus