Sabic intends to build the largest ever polypropylene compounding facility in Europe at its Genk site in Belgium.
The plant will have an initial capacity of 110,000tpa of PP compounds and a further 30,000tpa for the company's Stamax long fibre PP.
Scheduled to start up in early 2010, the unit will be targeted mainly at the automotive sector, serving customers in Western and Central Eastern Europe.
“This plant will be the biggest greenfield PP compounding plant ever built in Europe and has been designed with fully optimised production and logistics flows in mind,” said Mark Neville, business unit director for Sabic PP Automotive.
The new Genk facility will also house Sabic's compounding innovation centre with three pilot lines aimed at speeding the development cycle for new products and processes.