SABIC’s global footprint meets local demand for protective products

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SABIC is making a significant contribution to the battle against COVID-19 through increased production within its LEXAN polycarbonate portfolio.

The focus of the production increase has been on innovative polycarbonate sheets and films for a wide variety of high-performance products to help improving sanitation control and preventing infections.

SABIC’s efforts in combatting COVID-19 are boosted by the company having production facilities across Europe, Asia and North and South America. This provides the company’s Functional Forms business with the ability to manufacture and swiftly distribute its sheet and film products across every region around the world.

SABIC and its predecessors have a long history as an innovator in polycarbonate technology, having invented polycarbonate resin in 1953, and initiated production of high-performance sheets and films in 1968. Since then, SABIC excels in polycarbonate development with a portfolio of over 350 material grades. SABIC’s Functional Forms business spearheads materials innovation, enabling applications in industries where there is a need for safety, high optical quality, durability, anti-bacterial properties and flame, chemical and impact resistance products.

LEXAN protective sheets and films have applications across an extensive range of sectors that are experiencing particular hygiene and social distancing challenges during the pandemic. These include hospitals and medical clinics, care homes, dental practices, schools and kindergartens, retail and hospitality outlets, sports centers, reception areas and mass transportation, among many others.

“There is an urgent and ongoing need around the world for protective equipment, not only to fight against this current pandemic, but also to improve safety and hygiene standards in the future ”, said Sandeep Dhawan, global business director functional forms, SABIC. “As a company that excels in ground-breaking materials, we are driven by the ambition to innovate and are committed to providing the latest technology and expertise to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help mitigate further infection.”

As testament to its global reach, SABIC has supplied innovative polycarbonate sheet and film solutions to some of the world’s leading organizations, for some of the most demanding applications aimed at providing increased protection against COVID-19. Examples include:

For the aviation industry to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic, airlines must instil confidence in passengers using their aircraft, without the costly need to implement an empty seat policy. Krüger Aviation has taken up the challenge by developing seat dividers, made from SABIC’s LEXAN F2000A polycarbonate sheet, which provide passengers with a high level of protection from any aerosols produced by neighbours. The seat divider, which is attached to the middle seat in rows with three seats, is constructed for easy mounting without need of any modification of the seat itself, with a full aircraft being equipped within a few hours.

“While facemasks may be still required, seat dividers will establish an additional layer of protection and significantly reduce risk of infection” said Florian Ehinger, Head of Customer Service. “We believe this will be a highly cost-effective way to help restore passenger trust in airline travel.”

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