18 Jun 2020
SABIC PURECARES™ portfolio offers solutions for medical disposables
SITTARD, The Netherlands, June 18, 2020 - Few sectors face as many critical challenges or as vitally important to humankind, as healthcare. Today the world faces a very serious challenge with the current pandemic and in response to this, SABIC’s engagements with its customers have focused on delivering larger volumes of SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) materials for manufacturing of nonwovens used in medical disposables such as gowns and masks and hygiene applications. SABIC’s Personal Hygiene industry team has ramped up efforts over recent months to ensure customers in the hygiene and medical sectors quickly receive much-needed materials to meet urgent and increasing global demands.
Medical disposable gowns and masks are one part of an overall infection-control strategy and they are used as personal protective equipment in health care settings. Nonwovens that are extensively used for these applications, deliver critical properties for the safety of patients and medical staff because of their high levels of efficiency to control sterility. As a strategic material supplier to the sector, SABIC is supporting its customers by offering a broad SABIC PURECARES™ portfolio of polymers for nonwovens used in making of these products.
SABIC PURECARES™ polymer portfolio including SABIC® PP 514M12 melt blown and SABIC® PP 511A and 519A spunbond polypropylene materials, offers high purity and excellent breathability, delivering critical properties for the safety of patients and medical staff on prevention and spread of infectious diseases. These materials manufactured with phthalate-free, single-material technology aimed to deliver enhanced properties in spunbond and melt blown fibers for nonwoven fabrics.
SABIC is proud to help its customers meet increasing and challenging demands at this critical time. SABIC teams are working on a daily basis to ensure business continuity of the full value chain. The company’s fast response to its customers in hygiene and medical segments reflects SABIC's ability and agility in answering global customers need. The additional delivery to customers in Europe and Middle East follows a similar response in China where SABIC teams sent much-needed additional SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) materials to support the production of nonwovens used in hygiene and some medical disposable products such as facemasks and protective apparels. Separately, SABIC is exploring the potential for its TRUCIRCLE™ solutions to be used in nonwoven applications in the near future.
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SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. SABIC manufactures 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.
SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy. Production in 2019 was 72.6 million metric tons.
SABIC has more than 33,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 12,540 global patent filings, and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.