The Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI), recently presented SABIC Innovative Plastics with the Responsible Care Award 2009 for its efforts in developing a polybutylene terephtalate (PBT) based product portfolio using discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic, usually found in disposable materials like drinking bottles. The material, using a proprietary process, consumes less energy and yields less carbon dioxide (CO2) through its entire manufacturing process compared to traditional resins. SABIC Innovative Plastics' program was deemed a model for the "cradle-to-cradle' concept, whereby materials that have been used for one product can be used for another product without loss of quality.
SABIC-IP's iQ PBT resin is created using up to 65% post-consumer plastic waste, giving it a carbon footprint 50 - 75% lower than other engineered thermoplastics, extending the useful life of a polyethylene terephtalate bottle to 20 years. Applications for Valox and Xenoy iQ resins include furniture, computers and consumer electronics, transportation and automotive components like connectors, fans, mud guards, door-handles, lighting bezels and more. Due to high performance of the iQ portfolio, the possibilities are endless - solutions are impact modified, glass-filled, FDA approved, or flame retardant - offering customers stiffness, impact resistance, chemical resistance and ease of processing.
SABIC Innovative Plastics also recently received Silver Cradle to CradleSM Certification for its Valox iQ* resin portfolio, from internationally renowned sustainable design firm, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC (MBDC). As a winner of the Dutch award, SABIC Innovative Plastics will be nominated for the 2009 European Responsible Care Award organized by the European Chemical Manufacturers Association (CEFIC).