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At Interplastica 2011, SABIC Showcases Comprehensive Offering for CIS and Baltic Markets, Highlighting Successes and Latest Developments

01-25-2011 04:22 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: SABIC Polymers

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At Interplastica 2011, SABIC Showcases Comprehensive Offering

Sittard, the Netherlands – January 25, 2011 – At Interplastica 2011, the SABIC family of plastics businesses, including Polymers and Innovative Plastics, will be exhibiting a broad array of materials, including the company’s latest innovations, which address the requirements of customers in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Baltic nations. Products for major industry sectors will be showcased, including infrastructure, packaging, lighting and new energy. As part of its comprehensive offering, SABIC operates a dedicated sales office in Moscow with a growing staff, and provides a strong logistical network and reliable supplies to ensure continuous availability for customers. More information and example applications are available at the SABIC Stand Hall 1, stand E18.

Geert Drummen, Managing Director Eastern Europe for Polymers, says; “Our strong growth in the region over the past two years is evidence that SABIC not only delivers a well-balanced, customer-focused portfolio with the best balance of quality and price but also backs our portfolio with excellent logistics and smooth operations. We also provide our customers with dedicated, hands-on support throughout the development process of our grades. Furthermore, we have expanded our local presence with additional expertise and services, and are building long-term relationships with local converters, resellers and moulders to ensure that customers receive exactly what they need, when and where they need it.”

“We are targeting the fast-growing new energy and energy efficiency sectors such as LED and solar with a broad range of existing and new products,” adds Al Ghelani, Regional Manager, Eastern Europe for Innovative Plastics. “We are also a major supplier to other key sectors such as electronics, automotive and appliances, offering sophisticated material technology solutions and breakthrough application development. With a well-established local team and global technology resources, we believe we’re well placed to deliver real value to customers in the CIS and the Baltic nations.”

Successes and new developments

• Light-emitting diode (LED) Lighting

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business recently launched a new portfolio of specialty resins and compounds that can optimize the performance, lifespan and aesthetics of LED retrofit lighting.
These materials include non-brominated, non-chlorinated flame-retardant (FR) Lexan* polycarbonate (PC) resin and new white LNP* Konduit* thermally conductive specialty compound for LED heat sinks, which adds style to outstanding heat dissipation for extended bulb life.

• Packaging

SABIC has helped to boost a significant growth in the packaging market with its linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) grades for blown and cast stretch film. These materials are widely used in shrink wrap, bags, food packaging and floral packaging.

Now the company has launched a combined low density polyethylene (LDPE)/LLDPE multi-layer film concept that benefits converters in many ways. By offering down-gauging opportunities, the multi-layer film concept reduces material requirements for cost savings. It also optimizes equipment performance for higher processing speeds and lower energy consumption.

Other new packaging innovations include the SABIC® LDPE UMS ( Ultra Melt Strength) line for foam applications. By lowering density while maintaining mechanical properties, and also improving thermal performance, these products can deliver significant savings in materials and energy. From an environmental standpoint, SABIC® LDPE UMS grades can reduce the amount of packaging material needed by providing superior insulation and shock absorption. Applications include foam sheeting and foam sealing.

New clarified polypropylene (PP) grades for storage containers and other packaging applications offer improved optical performance and energy savings for converters. SABIC® PP Qrystal random copolymer grades can be processed at significantly lower temperatures than comparable grades without loss of transparency, resulting in energy savings of up to 15 percent. SABIC PP® Qrystal is a clear choice for housewares, office and home storage, lids and caps & closures. The SABIC® PP Clearpact Range is unique on the market: it combines the transparency of a random copolymer with the impact of a block copolymer, giving a “best of both worlds” result for customers.

• Pipe

Infrastructure is another major CIS/Baltic market sector where SABIC has achieved notable growth. SABIC® Vestolen PP random copolymer grades for drinking water pipes and fittings are heat stabilised to handle hot water transport. These high molecular weight materials offer excellent resistance to extraction and leaching.

SABIC® Vestolen A RELY HDPE is used in high-pressure pipes where gas, water and sewage pipe infrastructure is being replaced. RELY stands for good reliability, which is critical for transporting potable water, gas and other valuable liquids, these bimodal high-density materials offer converters considerable energy savings and enable environmentally responsible pipe installation. Developers and contractors can select trenchless pipe installation such as guided boring and horizontal directional drilling that reduce impact on the environment.

Further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable technologies, the company has also recently launched its revolutionary new Strain Hardening method, a fast, cost-efficient and highly accurate method for evaluating the slow crack growth resistance behaviour of HDPE. This method avoids the use of detergents - that can pose an environmental hazard.


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top six petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 9 billion (US$ 2.4 billion) in 2009. Sales revenues for 2009 totaled SR 103 billion (US$ 27 billion). Total assets stood at SR 297 billion (US$ 79.2 billion) at the end of 2009.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with six dedicated Technology & Innovation Centers in Saudi Arabia, Europe, the USA and India. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with 33,000 employees worldwide.

The company has 19 world-scale complexes in Saudi Arabia. Elsewhere, SABIC manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. SABIC’s overall production has increased from 35 million metric tons in 2001 to 59 million metric tons in 2009.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
About SABIC Innovative Plastics
SABIC Innovative Plastics is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with a 75-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, SABIC Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. SABIC Innovative Plastics ( is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the world’s top six petrochemicals manufacturers.
About SABIC in Europe
In Europe, SABIC has 13 world-scale production facilities which manufacture innovative plastics, polyethylenes, polypropylenes and chemical products. Throughout Europe, SABIC employs approximately 6000 people.

The main European offices for three of SABIC’s strategic business units are located in The Netherlands - Innovative Plastics (Bergen op Zoom), Polymers (Sittard) and Chemicals (Sittard). They operate an extensive network of local sales offices and logistical hubs throughout Europe which are also responsible for the sales of products manufactured elsewhere in the world.

SABIC’s European research facilities form part of the global Technology and Innovation organization and can be found in the Netherlands (Geleen and Bergen op Zoom) and Spain (Cartagena).
Media Notes
• As an acronym, SABIC should be all caps whenever it appears in print.
• ® Trademark of SABIC
• * Trademarks of SABIC Innovative Plastics IP BV.

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