SABIC has announced the start-up of its new polypropylene (PP) compounding line in Genk, Belgium with a virtual inauguration event.
The new line is an addition to the company’s existing production capacity for SABIC polypropylene compounds at the Genk site and will use raw materials from SABIC’s PP plants at Gelsenkirchen, Germany, and Geleen, The Netherlands. It has been equipped with cutting-edge large-scale extrusion technology to meet the market’s growing demand for high-quality, high-performance PP compounds with reliable and consistent supply.
“This investment is part of our business strategy for growth through advanced PP compound solutions designed to help customers develop next-generation lightweight applications in industries such as automotive, home appliances and consumer goods,” stated Lada Kurelec, general manager for PP & E4P Business, SABIC. “The added capacity also enhances our on-site production flexibility for introducing innovative new PP polymer technology without compromising the security of supply of established compound products.”
The unique virtual opening was presided over by Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, executive vice-president for petrochemicals, and other SABIC executives, providing insight on how customers can benefit from the company’s extended capacity to drive innovation in their markets.
“We all are seeing industries evolve rapidly, with an increasing demand for high-performance PP compounds that are lighter, yet strong and durable while meeting rigorous standards,” said Al-Fageeh. “At SABIC, we are playing our part by relentlessly pursuing cutting-edge technologies, both in production and new material development. This new production line will support our company’s strategy to develop new sustainable material solutions that help our customers achieve their goals, as we work with them in ever-closer collaboration.”
Together with SABIC’s expertise in processing and polymer science, the new compounding line opens significant opportunities for accelerating the development and implementation of high-performance and sustainable PP applications – with ‘Chemistry that Matters’.