By Frank Esposito, Plastics News, a Crain publication
Posted 27 October 2010
Dusseldorf, Germany Officials with Saudi focused on sustainability at a K 2010 news conference, while also addressing future plans for additional production of polycarbonate and polyurethanes.
Sabic has placed sustainability at the centre of its development efforts. At K 2010, the firm offered several new sustainable products, including grades of Noryl-brand PPO/PPE, Cycoloy-brand polycarbonate/ABS and Lexan-brand PC resins that contain post-consumer recycled content - as well as a rigorous new validation process for sustainable materials and applications.
"We are stressing that growth must be sustainable," Sabic chief operating officer Mohamed Al-Mady said at the event. "We're looking at recyclability, weight out and fuel efficiency, as well as reducing carbon footprint, water usage and power usage."
In addition to opening the massive, new Saudi Kayaan PC plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia early next year, Al-Mady said that Sabic "is contemplating" the addition of PC to a petrochemicals site it operates in China through a joint venture with Sinopec.
Sabic also "is finalizing discussions with a technology provider" that would bring PU production to a location in Saudi Arabia, according to Al-Mady.