SABIC expands growth with polypropylene ventures in Europe
SABIC recently inaugurated its new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, Netherlands, and announced a new investment in a state-of-the-art PP extrusion facility to be built at the same location. The opening ceremony for the pilot plant was presided over by Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, and the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp.
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 SABIC’s Global Technology Center for Europe in Geleen, will design next-generation PP materials. The Geleen pilot plant is part of SABIC’s network of 21 Global Technology Centers, located strategically around the world. It will support strategic innovation initiatives for SABIC’s polypropylene product line to address evolving market needs. 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.
L-R: Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, and the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp.