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Healthcare market to benefit from SABIC’s broad plastics portfolio, headlined at Pharmapack 2013

02-15-2013 08:42 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

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SABIC® HDPE PCG4906 specifications, applicable for jerry cans, open-head and tight-head drums and IBCs

SABIC® HDPE PCG4906 specifications, applicable for jerry cans, open-head and tight-head drums and IBCs

One of the broadest portfolios of plastic medical products specifically developed to address the demanding needs of the healthcare industry can be seen on the SABIC stand (123) at Pharmapack Europe 2013. The portfolio spans a wide range of dedicated Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE) products - recognized under the SABIC® PCG trademark - and diverse range of highly engineered and high performance resin products such as high purity LEXAN™ Polycarbonate based resins, NORYL™ Poly(Phenylene)Ether (PPE) based resins and ULTEM™ Polyetherimide (PEI) resins. “The portfolio enables our customers – manufacturers of e.g. syringes, injection pens, inhalers and other related healthcare products – to benefit from a unique and competitive "one-stop shop" offering for high quality materials, a real peace of mind experience” said Hery Randrianantoandro, Business Development Manager Healthcare at SABIC.

The materials comply with industry requirements for Pharmacopoeia compliance, biocompatibility, sterilizability, dimensional stability, wear resistance, through ease of processing and aesthetics, to constancy in product formulations.

New to the company’s product line-up is SABIC® HDPE PCG4906, an outstanding performing, high density polyethylene resin that fully complies with the relevant European and US pharmacopoeia requirements. The grade was specifically developed to address the healthcare industry’s needs for a more cost-effective solution for safe and reliable large containers such as jerry cans, tight-head drums or Intermediate Bulk Containers (ICBs) used to preserve valuable bulk content during storage and transport. “Using the new medical grade, healthcare customers will be able to streamline procedures and reduce costs related to the specification of the container for medical products” said Philippe Rasquin, Technical marketing engineer, HDPE, at SABIC. “Tests have demonstrated that drums made from SABIC® HDPE PCG4906 can meet requirements based on UN recommendations covering transport of dangerous goods” Rasquin says. Procedures involve stacking, drop tests at -18°C, and hydraulic internal pressure tests.

Another recent introduction to the company’s range is SABIC® LLDPE PCG 6118NE, “a Linear Low Density Polyethylene grade that continues to gain a strong market interest for its more balanced mechanical properties, excellent optical properties, sealing and hot-tack” said Irving Paz, Business Development Healthcare at SABIC. “These properties make it an attractive alternative to conventional products in order to improve the overall performance of flexible film products used in pharmaceutical primary packaging and/or healthcare packaging”, Paz said.

Hery Randrianantoandro also emphasizes SABIC’s ability to ensure a long term supply and global reach for all of its materials for the healthcare market, thanks to its worldwide manufacturing and supply operations. “We understand the challenges of the healthcare market, we know how important it is to perform to strict specifications, and to do this consistently,” he says. “Pharmapack is a great opportunity for visitors to meet our healthcare team and discuss these challenges in detail, so that we can together arrive at new solutions for the benefit of all.”

The company’s broad product offering of more than 50 high performance materials is backed up with the security of a strong logistical network and ample material supplies to ensure continuous, global availability. In addition, the company has developed a comprehensive healthcare product policy designed to help OEMs achieve regulatory compliance.

About SABIC

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 24.72 billion (US$ 6.59 billion) in 2012. Sales revenues for 2012 totaled SR 189 billion (US$ 50.40 billion). Total assets stood at SR 338 billion (US$ 90.13 billion) at the end of 2012.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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 Innovative Plastics

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, 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. Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).

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