SABIC Opens New PP Compounding Line
With a virtual inauguration event, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical sector, announced the start-up of its new polypropylene (PP) compounding facility in Genk, Belgium. The new line will employ raw materials from SABIC’s PP operations in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Geleen, The Netherlands, and will be added to the company’s existing production capacity for SABIC® polypropylene compounds at the Genk facility.
It has been outfitted with cutting-edge large-scale extrusion equipment in order to address the market’s increasing need for high-quality, high-performance PP compounds in a consistent and reliable supply.
“This investment is part of our business strategy for growth through advanced PP compound solutions designed to help customers develop next-generation lightweight applications in industries such as automotive, home appliances and consumer goods,” says Lada Kurelec, General Manager for PP & E4P* Business, SABIC.
“The added capacity also enhances our on-site production flexibility for introducing innovative new PP polymer technology without compromising the security of supply of established compound products.”
Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Executive Vice President for Petrochemicals, and other SABIC leaders presided over the unique virtual opening, which provided insight into how customers can benefit from the company’s expanded capacity to promote innovation in their industries.
“We all are seeing industries evolve rapidly, with an increasing demand for high-performance PP compounds that are lighter, yet strong and durable while meeting rigorous standards,” said Mr. Al-Fageeh. “At SABIC, we are playing our part by relentlessly pursuing cutting-edge technologies, both in production and new material development.
This new production line will support our company’s strategy to develop new sustainable material solutions that help our customers achieve their goals, as we work with them in ever-closer collaboration.”
Together with SABIC’s expertise in processing and polymer science, the new compounding line opens significant opportunities for accelerating the development and implementation of high-performance and sustainable PP applications – with Chemistry that Matters™.
* Elastomers, PVC, PET, PS, PU