SABIC’s latest PP pilot plant is now operational in the Netherlands

Sittard, the Netherlands, September 13, 2017 - SABIC’s latest pilot plant for development of next-generation polypropylenes (PP) is now on-stream in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands. The gas-phase polymerization licensed technology plant includes a dedicated extrusion line and it will support the production at nearby full-scale plants of materials that meet the needs of various customer industries, most notably automotive, pipe, appliances and advanced packaging.

Lina Prada, Global PP Technology Director at SABIC, says the pilot plant, at the Brightlands Chemelot R&D and manufacturing campus, is the latest demonstration of SABIC’s commitment to invest in innovation; the company opened a research facility on the Brightlands Chemelot campus in May 2016. “We are making a significant step in growing and developing our capabilities in Geleen, where we have solid expertise in polyolefin developments from all aspects: catalyst, process, material and application” says Prada.

SABIC will use the new facility to develop grades with improved balances of stiffness and impact resistance, further improved flow, and properties specific to individual applications. The company 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.

“Our new facility complements other globally located polyolefin innovation centers in Riyadh, Bangalore, Shanghai and Houston, supporting the strategic innovation initiatives for polypropylene product line to address continuously evolving industry needs,” says Lada Kurelec, Global Business Director Polypropylene at SABIC.

“We are very proud that the pilot plant, which was made in components offsite, was then assembled safely and quickly, with precision and quality.”

The pilot plant was constructed in modular form in nearby Enschede in The Netherlands and installed in just two weeks by Zeton B.V., a leading designer and builder of innovative pilot and demonstration-scale plants. It will be operated by 13 qualified operators.

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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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