Materials maker Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) has inaugurated a new polypropylene (PP) pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, and is set to invest in a new “state-of-the-art” PP extrusion facility at the same site.
In a 13 Sept statement, the Saudi materials maker said the investments were part of its 2025 global expansion strategy and were dedicated to innovation in SABIC PP products.
The pilot plant is located at SABIC’s Global Technology Centre for Europe in Geleen and will produce next-generation PP materials.
The unit is already on-stream using gas-phase polymerisation technology, and is expected to be full operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.
According to SABIC, the facility is expected to support development and commercialisation of new materials for growing industries such as automotive, health, personal care and appliances.
The materials include grades with improved balance in stiffness and impact resistance, flow properties and other properties specific to target applications.
SABIC said it planned to concentrate on development of impact grades of polypropylene, as well as random copolymers and homopolymers. It will also carry out experiments on advanced catalysts.
The Geleen pilot plant is part of SABIC’s network of 21 global technology centres.
“We look at specific challenges and market needs through the lens of collaboration and innovation to create products and solutions that lead to business growth internally and at our customers,” said Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, executive vice president of Petrochemicals at SABIC.
“Our new investments will open up opportunities to create smarter, more efficient, higher performing products that can generate sustainable solutions for long-term success,” he added.