Saudi Arabian Company invests in European sites: Sabic inaugurated a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and announced a new investment in a state-of-the-art PP extrusion facility to be built at the same location.
Sittard/The Netherlands — 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.
An opening ceremony for the pilot plant and a customer event was presided over by Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, and the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp.
In line with Sabic’s strategic commitment to customer-driven innovation, the new PP pilot plant, located at the Global Technology Center for Europe in Geleen, will design next-generation PP materials. 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 Geleen pilot plant is part of the network of 21 Global Technology Centers, located strategically around the world. It will support strategic innovation initiatives for comprehensive polypropylene product line to address continuously evolving market needs.
Development of lightweight applications
The highly automated, cutting-edge PP extrusion line is expected to be in operation in the fourth quarter of 2017 on Geleen site. It will answer customers’ needs for advanced materials that can support them developing the next generation lightweight applications in industries such as packaging, appliances, automotive, and healthcare.