Saudi Arabia's SABIC continues its global growth with the opening of a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in the Netherlands and committing to a new investment in a PP extrusion facility.
The new PP pilot plant is located at the SABIC’s 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 commercialisation of highly innovative material solutions that meet the growing needs of various industries.
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.
Yousef Al-Benyan, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO said: “At SABIC, we have a long-term vision to drive sustainable success for our customers and we work constantly to create and deliver innovative solutions that answer their challenges. It’s about innovative thinking, extending and improving our portfolio, and – as we are showing here today – investing in technology and innovation.”
Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Executive Vice President of Petrochemicals at SABIC added: "At SABIC, we are playing our part by relentlessly pursuing cutting-edge technologies, both in production and new material development."
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp commented: "The Limburg region has been known to develop new and innovative industrial activities to maintain economic growth. SABIC’s new investment in Geleen is a fine example of successful and close cooperation between a large industrial company, knowledge & research institutes and local governments. The new pilot plant is a welcome addition to the Chemelot Campus. I’m sure this investment will make a useful, long-term contribution to our economy and the growth of the chemical industry.”
The Geleen pilot plant is part of SABIC’s network of 21 Global Technology Centers, located strategically around the world. It will support strategic innovation initiatives for SABIC’s comprehensive polypropylene product line to address continuously evolving market needs.