Plastics-maker SABIC is highlighting a range of solutions for customers across various focus segments, including automotive, building & construction, appliances and consumer goods, pipe and packaging, At Feiplastic 2017
Manufacturers in the region are strongly familiar with SABIC for its comprehensive offering of engineering and high performance plastics. Now the petrochemical producer is focusing on increasing awareness around a new array of polymer materials from its broad and growing portfolio.
These include products from SABIC’s new octane metallocene portfolio, like SABIC SUPEER (mLLDPE), SABIC COHERE (polyolefin plastomer, POP) and SABIC FORTIFY (polyolefin elastomer, POE) materials. These resins offer a variety of high-performance properties and are typically used for manufacturing flexible (food) packaging and wrapping materials. Each of these SABIC products are produced using NEXLENE technology, an advanced solution that can offer customers better performance – including excellent impact strength, enhanced toughness, superior transparency, and much more.
Additional materials come from SABIC’s vast portfolio for pipe applications – including those for infrastructure, domestic, industrial, agriculture and aquaculture. In infrastructure, for example, plastic pipes made out of SABIC’s various polyethylene and polypropylene resin grades (such as its PE80, PE100 and PP RELY family) offer an efficient, reliable and affordable way to distribute drinking water and reduce both the risk of contamination and illness.
“We anticipate future growth in segments like packaging and pipe, among others, especially as economies in the region gain strength,” said Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Executive Vice President for SABIC’s Petrochemicals business. “As our customers’ needs and demands evolve in this region, we are committed to be there as a dependable source for the expertise and materials they may require. We have long-standing relationships in this region, and we intend to grow those and build many new ones.”
Customers need to respond quickly to an ever-changing environment, from new trends in manufacturing to changing market needs, and they need suppliers to have a deep understanding of their industries, noted Al-Fageeh. Recognizing this, he said SABIC has strengthened its market-facing approach and is adding greater flexibility and agility across the organization to help accelerate the pace of innovation.
“It is critical for us to be at the forefront of technology, especially for those customers who are looking to us for highly differentiated and innovative offerings that will allow them to set new standards of performance,” said Greg Adams, Regional Vice President for SABIC in the Americas.
Today, SABIC is doing work at the front edge of trends across various segments, like automotive. An example on display at SABIC’s booth is a plastic-metal hybrid (PMH) structural reinforcement located in the rocker panel of a production vehicle. This PMH floor rocker reinforcement combines NORYL GTX resin (MPPE/PA) from SABIC with steel to form a very efficient energy-absorption crash box structure. This saves 1 kilogram (kg) in weight and maintains the required level of crashworthiness. The component is an industry-first use of plastic in a body-in-white (BIW) reinforcement without the use of structural adhesives or foams. Use of the NORYL GTX resin allows the part to go through the automaker’s e-coat process with the rest of the BIW. Additional opportunities across the BIW means a weight reduction of up to 8 kg vs. all-metal reinforcements.