Polycarbonates Sabic Announces Polycarbonate Capacity Expansions in China to Support Region’s Strong Growth

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

The Innovative Plastics strategic business unit of Sabic announced that it is adding new production lines at the company’s polycarbonate resins and films production facilities at Shanghai and Nansha, China.

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Sabics’s Lexan optical quality films clean room in Nansha, China. (Picture: Sabic)
Sabics’s Lexan optical quality films clean room in Nansha, China. (Picture: Sabic)

Guangzhou, China – These additions are part of Sabic’s strategy to support the dynamic growth of key plastics sectors in this region, particularly the consumer electronics, electrical, solar, security and automotive industries, the company says. “Our nearly 60-year-old commitment to polycarbonate remains unmatched – from a relentless focus on innovation, to continued investments in global capacity, to a team of polycarbonate experts including a highly trained sales force, application development specialists, and process development engineers around the globe,” said William Russell, polycarbonate business leader, Innovative Plastics. “The size and diversity of our performance-rich Lexan polycarbonate material portfolio is an excellent case in point, illustrating how we deliver tailored materials solutions to meet our customers’ specific needs. These expansions will enable Innovative Plastics to provide a stronger, localized supply of Lexan resin and film to meet Asia’s accelerating demand of these tough, high-performance and versatile material technologies.”

Polycarbonate Films for Growing Asian Market

Innovative Plastics is adding production lines of its Lexan PC resin at Sabic's Shanghai facility in early 2012. This capacity increase will ensure ample, reliable supplies of Lexan resins and Lexan specialty copolymers to meet the growing demands of Asian customers, the company says. This addition comes on the heels of a similar Lexan production expansion in Nansha in late 2010.

Innovative Plastics is also adding a new extrusion line of optical quality (OQ) and textured film products to its Nansha facility, with subsequent capacity additions in Asia planned for the next years. This new producion line, which opened in the first quarter of 2011, uses class 1000 clean room technology to produce optical performance film. Here custom textured materials and surface polished OQ films can be made.

This expansion addresses accelerating market demand for specialty film materials for high-end film applications in consumer electronics, automotive and security segments where these materials are widely used in applications such as automotive navigational display units; notebook PCs; monitors; and liquid crystal display and light emitting diode TVs.