SABIC ex­pands growth with polypropy­lene ven­tures in Europe

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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.

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