Sabic is preparing a plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, to produce bimodal HDPE for blow moulded bottle applications. Commercial production is due to start in the second quarter of this year.
“Some processors are concerned about future supply of bimodal HDPE grades from Europe, so we think this is the right time for us to support the market,” says spokesperson Mario Scholle.
The company is currently fine-tuning the grades and is already in talks with potential customers.
Initially, the Gelsenkirchen plant will supply two grades, both with a density of 0.958 g/cm3, and with melt flow rates of 22 and 28 g/10 min (21.6 kg) respectively
The same grades, as well as grades intended for jerry cans, drums and other large containers, will also be produced at one of the company’s plants in Saudi Arabia. Production there will start in the third quarter of 2013.