SABIC Innovative Plastics plans to invest in expansion of its Lexan polycarbonate multi-wall and solid sheet products for the construction and industrial markets across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The company will add production lines at 3 locations by Q3 2008 at Vienna, Milan, and Bergen op Zoom. These lines will meet growing demand for Lexan structural glazing, roofing, signage and other applications in Eastern Europe, Russia, and other locations. Products will include Lexan Thermoclick*, Thermoroof* and Thermopanel* specialty sheet systems, as well as Lexan Thermoclear* multi-wall and Lexan solid sheet products.
The line in Vienna will manufacture up to 2100mm wide Lexan Thermoclear sheet, which is used for lightweight, impact-resistant, transparent glazing of commercial greenhouses, verandas, industrial buildings and stadiums.
The additional line in Milan will produce Lexan Thermoclick sheet systems for translucent building facades; Lexan Thermoroof sheet for industrial rooflights; and Lexan Thermopanel sheet, which is used to provide natural light in insulated metal roofing applications.
The Bergen op Zoom line will produce Lexan solid sheet, a product used in a wide range of building & construction and industrial applications, including signage, displays and security glazing.
Lexan sheet materials can help to deliver measurable return on investment through ease of installation; lower insurance costs due to better fire resistance, and impact resistance to prevent breakage and weather damage; and less need for replacement due to UV degradation, weathering, and breakage.