SABIC’s new phthalate-free polypropylene impact copolymers enable downgauging and faster processing for thinwall packaging

Riyadh, May 15, 2017 - SABIC announces an important expansion of its industry leading SABIC® PP polypropylene portfolio for packaging industry with the introduction of two new high flow, injection-molding grades, SABIC® PP “513MK46” and “512MK46”, impact copolymers based on a phthalate free catalyst. These new offerings open further opportunities for packaging manufacturers and convertors with production efficiency through shorter cycle times and weight savings through thin wall manufacturing. The new grades are developed to help SABIC customers to comply with industry’s organoleptic requirements for taste and odor, with excellent stiffness and higher top-load strength for high stack ability that help manufacturers achieve faster production cycle times, lower transport and storage costs.

“The need for the industry has never been greater to find efficient solutions to the challenges – especially in food packaging – that the world faces today. SABIC understands the need for its packaging customers to not only stay ahead of industry trends and regulations but also meet the demand for lowering weight and cost by reducing packaging thickness with down gauging, faster production cycle times, and minimizing waste and the environmental impact. SABIC’s new impact polypropylene 513MK46 and 512MK46 grades are created to help our customers remain at the forefront of industry where consumer safety and sustainability are all critical,” said Lada Kurelec, Director of Polypropylene Business for SABIC.

Developed for thin-walled packaging applications for both food and non-food applications; high flow SABIC® PP 513MK46 (MFR 70) and 512MK46 (MFR 50) products provide a great balance between high stiffness and impact strength than a standard impact copolymers. The grades are typically used in rigid packaging such as packaging for frozen / chilled / ambient food, dairy products, applications in the housewares, appliances, toys, caps and closures. These new products are produced in SABIC’s Saudi Kayan facility in Jubail and they will be available for customers around the world.

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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 17.8 billion (US$ 4.8 billion) in 2016. Sales revenues for 2016 totaled SR 132.8 billion (US$ 35.4 billion). Total assets stood at SR 316.9 billion (US$ 84.5 billion) at the end of 2016. Production in 2016 stood at 72.7 million metric tons

SABIC has more than 35,000 employees worldwide and operates in more than 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, we have 12,191 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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