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SABIC’s latest polypropylenes to run on high performance injection moulding processes at Fakuma

10-19-2011 08:56 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

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Sittard, the Netherlands – October 18, 2011 – Visitors to this year’s Fakuma plastics exhibition (Friedrichshafen, Germany, October 18-22) will have an opportunity to see several of SABIC’s latest polypropylenes running on different injection moulding machines of its machine manufacturing partners, producing thin-walled packaging and medical components. The grades presented at Fakuma are supplied on a global scale from our facilities in Europe, Saudi Arabia and Asia.

SABIC’s new grade for thin-wall injection moulded packaging, SABIC® PP Flowpact FPC 100, will have its public premier at the show. Stork Plastics Machinery B.V., the Dutch specialist in high-speed injection moulding machines, will use it to make margarine tubs with 0.45-mm wall thicknesses in a four-cavity mould installed on a Stork E 2500-850 full-electric machine with a 2500-kN electric clamp unit. Stork, on Stand A7-7304, says the high crystallisation speed of the SABIC impact copolymer will help it decrease cycle times.

SABIC® PP Flowpact FPC 100 contains a state-of-the-art package of processing and antistatic additives. It is distinguished by very high flow (Melt Flow Rate, is 100g/10min at 230°C/2.16 kg) as well as high crystallisation speed, which together result in reduced cycle times for moulders. It was developed specifically for the production of thin wall containers for yellow fats and packaging for dairy products such as yoghurts, cream, flavoured milk and cheese spreads.

A second Stork machine processing SABIC® PP Flowpact FPC 100 will be on Stand A1-1210, operated by product handling specialist Polymac. In this case, a Stork S+2500-1450 will be equipped with a four-cavity flower pot mould.

KrausMaffei will be running SABIC® QR673K, part of the SABIC® PP Qrystal grade family, at their stand (Stand A7-7303). The material has state-of-the-art part aesthetics and a broad processing window which enables lower processing temperatures, thus reducing energy consumption and cycle times.

SABIC® PP Flowpact FPC 100 will also be used by ARBURG GmbH + Co KG (Stand A3-3101), to make in-mould labelled 1.2-litre pails. A two-cavity mould will be running on an Arburg Allrounder 720 H with a clamp force of 3200 kN.

On Stand A6-6224, meanwhile, Toyo will use a special SABIC polypropylene grade for medical and pharmaceutical applications, SABIC® PP PCGR25, to make high-clarity syringes.

Toyo will use an all-electric Si-130 V machine (1300 kN) equipped with a 32-cavity mould. SABIC’s random copolymer grade, which was launched earlier this year at the Pharmapack show in Paris, has very good antistatic properties and enables production of highly transparent products at low processing temperatures (around 200°C) – optimal conditions for efficient and economical production of medical parts, according to Toyo.

Ben Raven, SABIC Technical Marketing Engineer PP, comments: “Converters using
SABIC® PP PCGR25 may operate with significantly shorter cycle times and achieve energy savings of up to 15%.”

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top 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 21.5 billion (US$ 5.73 billion) in 2010. Sales revenues for 2010 totaled SR 152 billion (US$ 40.5 billion). Total assets stood at SR 317.6 billion (US$ 84.5 billion) at the end of 2010.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and China. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with 33,000 employees worldwide.
SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. SABIC’s overall production has increased from 35 million metric tons in 2001 to 66 million metric tons in 2010.
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 in Europe
In Europe SABIC has 12 world-scale production facilities which manufacture polyethylenes, polypropylenes, engineering thermoplastics and chemical products. An extensive network of local sales offices and logistical hubs are responsible for sales of these products as well as those manufactured elsewhere in the world. In addition SABIC has three research facilities based in the region, which form part of its global Technology and Innovation organization.
SABIC employs approximately 6000 people in Europe.
Media Notes
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