US-based SABIC Innovative Plastics has opened new Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin production facility in Cartagena, Southern Spain. This event marks a 35% increase in Ultem resin capacity for European and global customers. This resin can be used in packaging and several other applications.
The €300m facility, which is SABIC Innovative Plastics’ second Ultem resin plant, will provide customers with higher supply dependability. The plant also encompasses scalable capacity for producing ultra-high-performance Extem resin grades and specialty intermediates. Proprietary process chemistry and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies will improve operating reliability and flexibility while minimising the environmental impact of by-products.
The Cartagena plant will primarily produce Ultem base resin, a proven material that offers the highest performance across a balance of properties of virtually any thermoplastic in the global plastics industry. The Ultem resin can then be compounded into customised compounds with colorants, reinforcements, etc., at the SABIC Innovative Plastics compounding facility in the Cartagena complex or at other global facilities.
Ultem resin is available in fiber, foam, film, fabric and paper forms at other global SABIC Innovative Plastics or value chain partner facilities. Further, the material can be enhanced with special attributes such as inherent electrostatic dissipative (ESD) performance, lubricity and thermal conductivity, provided by the company’s LNP specialty compounds business.