SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business has inaugurated a new, state-of-the-art pilot facility that will allow chemistry and process development for its high performance polymers (HPP) – Ultem*, Siltem* and Extem* resins – product line. The new 3,000-sq.-ft., world-class facility is an innovation resource that will enable SABIC to more rapidly produce new polymers – particularly custom formulations – for customers. It will also significantly increase customer access to SABIC research scientists, product development specialists and the intricate application development process. Previously, piloting was done externally; now this work will be seamlessly integrated into product research and development and scale-up to commercial production. The new facility demonstrates SABIC’s ongoing commitment to true innovation, working side-by-side with customers to provide high-performance, tailor-made solutions for greater end-product differentiation and business success.
“This is a critically important addition to our capabilities in Mt. Vernon and is the latest in a history of new investments to this site, which has long been a hub for major innovation breakthroughs and the source of 500 patents,” said Sanjay Mishra, global high-performance polymers technology leader, Specialty & Performance, Innovative Plastics. “Mt. Vernon is the ideal location for the new pilot facility because it takes us to a new level of high performance polymers technical innovation and dedicated support that our customers expect of us, especially those in growing, high-demand sectors like aerospace and healthcare.”
The new pilot facility becomes a critical enabler for new material development, production support of the Mt. Vernon commercial plant and customer application testing. The pilot facility will begin operations in the first quarter of 2012.