SABIC launches expanded fiber-reinforced thermoplastics tape portfolio at JEC 2017

Lelystad, The Netherlands, March 13, 2017 - SABIC is expanding its UDMAX™ range of continuous fiber thermoplastic composites with the addition of carbon fiber-reinforced tapes, which will be on display at its stand at the JEC in Paris, March 14-16th. The new materials are UDMAX GPE (glass fiber-reinforced polyethylene) and UDMAX CPA (carbon fiber-reinforced polyamide).

“SABIC is looking into entering new markets with the addition of the carbon-fiber reinforced tapes to our existing portfolio of continuous fiber thermoplastics”, explains Andrey Turchin, SABIC FRT business leader. “Having unique mechanical properties, they enable the production of stiffer, stronger and more lightweight parts and can be used in variety of applications such as pipes, pressure vessels, sporting goods”.

At the JEC, SABIC will be targeting the automotive, transportation, building & construction and energy markets. In addition to the new carbon-fiber reinforced tapes, the company will display a roll of UDMAX GPP 45-70 tape which is over 2000m in length.

For the first time, SABIC will present to the market material forms made out of UDMAX GPP 45-70 tape: plain-woven and cross-plied (0/90) material. These material forms gain interest for manufacturing of the lightweight thermoplastic (sandwich) panels for transportation and building and construction markets due to excellent stiffness, strength and impact resistance.

Earlier this year, SABIC’s fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite technologies were used in the ICEhouse™ – an iconic structure designed by the architect William McDonough and built at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Thermoplastic composite sandwich floor panels with skins made out of UDMAX GPP 45-70 tape replaced plywood being up to 50% lighter, with higher abrasion and impact resistance. The thermoplastic composite floor panels do not absorb water and therefore do not decay, increasing safety in use and lifetime of the flooring. Another application was the tubular composite structures made with UDMAX GPP 45-70 tape, a continuous fiber reinforced polypropylene, which partially replaces aluminium L-shaped profiles.

Convertors can potentially benefit from the many advantages offered by UDMAX tapes compared to alternatives. The tapes enable lightweighting, have short manufacturing cycle times, and are also recyclable. Application process techniques include lamination, weaving, overmolding, tape laying and tape winding.

UDMAX tapes are made using a unique proprietary HPFIT™ technology, which quickly and precisely enables the spread and combination of thousands of glass or carbon fibers with a thermoplastic matrix. As a result, the tapes have a high density of fibers, high-quality fiber impregnation in the resin matrix, minimal void content, fewer broken fibers and a resin-rich surface. They can be used to form composite materials that can in turn be used to manufacture lightweight components with sought-after performance compared to alternative materials.

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SABIC is exhibiting at the JEC show in Paris, France, March 14-16. We look forward to meeting you at our stand (Hall 6, Stand R19).

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SABIC is a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We manufacture on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals.

We support our customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end markets such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.

SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 17.84 billion (US$ 4.76 billion) in 2016. Sales revenues for 2016 totaled SR 132.83 billion (US$ 35.42 billion). Total assets stood at SR 316.89 billion (US$ 84.5 billion) at the end of 2016. Production in 2016 stood at 72.7 million metric tons

SABIC has more than 40,000 employees worldwide and operates in more than 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, we have 12,077 global patent filings, and have significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and North East Asia.

The Saudi Arabian government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent publicly traded on the Saudi stock exchange.

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