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18.10.2021

SABIC presents new Portfolio for Nonwovens at INDEX

SABIC has announced that the newly formed Hygiene & Healthcare segment of its Petrochemicals business will showcase its extensive portfolio of SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers for high-purity nonwovens and hygiene films at the upcoming INDEX™ Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 19 through 22, 2021. The company will also present enabling solutions developed with partners to address the issue of plastic waste and support the transformation of the industry towards a circular economy with closed-loop initiatives and certified circular polymers under its TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services.

SABIC has announced that the newly formed Hygiene & Healthcare segment of its Petrochemicals business will showcase its extensive portfolio of SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers for high-purity nonwovens and hygiene films at the upcoming INDEX™ Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, from October 19 through 22, 2021. The company will also present enabling solutions developed with partners to address the issue of plastic waste and support the transformation of the industry towards a circular economy with closed-loop initiatives and certified circular polymers under its TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio and services.

During INDEX, SABIC will exhibit a wide range of PP polymers targeted at these needs. Highlights on display will include dedicated PP and PE grades for lightweight nonwoven fabrics using the latest spunbond and meltblown processes, and a new ultra-high melt flow PP product engineered for meltblown fibers in nonwoven fabrics. The nonwoven focus will be complemented by industry proven polyolefins for cast and blown film applications in hygiene webs and laminates, providing desirable back and top sheet properties such as water tightness, breathability and elasticity.

In addition, SABIC will also present ISCC Plus certified fiber and film polymers based on circular and renewable PP and PE polymer technology as part of the company’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio for advancing the transformation of the plastics industry from a linear to a truly circular economy. Examples of this comprehensive initiative include collaborations with various market leaders in the field. Together with Fibertex Personal Care, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spunbond nonwovens for the hygiene industry, SABIC is creating a range of high-purity nonwovens for the hygiene market using ISCC PLUS certified circular PP polymer derived from post-consumer plastic waste. In another project, Fraunhofer Institute, SABIC and Procter & Gamble (P&G) joined forces to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of an advanced close-loop recycling process for used nonwoven facemasks.

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31.08.2021

DSM and SABIC: Creating recycled-based Dyneema®

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced a collaboration to create recycled-based Dyneema®. Through a joint pilot with multiple CirculariTeam® members, the manufacturing and usage of Dyneema® using mixed plastic waste as feedstock (via mass balance approach) will be successfully demonstrated. It is an important step toward the future goal of fully closing the loop by delivering Dyneema® made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) waste. This collaboration underlines DSM’s and SABIC’s efforts to accelerate a circular economy for materials.

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced a collaboration to create recycled-based Dyneema®. Through a joint pilot with multiple CirculariTeam® members, the manufacturing and usage of Dyneema® using mixed plastic waste as feedstock (via mass balance approach) will be successfully demonstrated. It is an important step toward the future goal of fully closing the loop by delivering Dyneema® made from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) waste. This collaboration underlines DSM’s and SABIC’s efforts to accelerate a circular economy for materials.

By working together with members of CirculariTeam®, DSM will produce recycled-based Dyneema® made using SABIC’s certified circular ethylene as a pilot project in both a sailing rope and a pelagic trawl net application. The circular ethylene, from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio, uses mixed plastic waste as feedstock (mass balance approach), which not only contributes to preventing valuable plastic from becoming waste and the avoidance of carbon emissions compared to incineration, but it will also help preserve fossil resources. These pilots are an important early-stage milestone in the journey toward making fully circular Dyneema® from HMPE post-production and post-consumer waste.

Jon Mitchell, Managing Director at Marlow Ropes: “We’re proud to be one of the first manufacturers to integrate recycled-based Dyneema® within our products and demonstrate the material’s feasibility. By collaborating with materials science pioneers such as DSM and SABIC, we are able to create products that not only deliver superlative functional performance but also have a lower environmental impact. Our products are trialed and tested by professional offshore sailing teams including 11th Hour Racing Team, a proud partner of ours at Marlow, with whom we share a progressive approach to seeking sustainable solutions: no more business as usual."

Klaus Walther, Managing Director at Gleistein: “Warm congratulations to DSM and SABIC for pushing the boundaries of science to deliver a truly unique product. We’re proud that our ropes can be produced from what once was typical household plastic waste. This is an important stepping stone towards becoming circular. It will enable our customer Maritiem BV to further develop high-tech fishing gear whilst contributing to the circular economy. Not to forget Cornelis Vrolijk Fishing Company, who again illustrate their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility by introducing this concept in fishery.”

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16.06.2021

Closed-loop recycling pilot project for single-use facemasks

  • Fraunhofer, SABIC, and Procter & Gamble join forces
  • The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics.
  • The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.

Due to COVID-19, use of billions of disposable facemasks is raising environmental concerns especially when they are thoughtlessly discarded in public spaces, including - parks, open-air venues and beaches. Apart from the challenge of dealing with such huge volumes of essential personal healthcare items in a sustainable way, simply throwing the used masks away for disposal on landfill sites or in incineration plants represents a loss of valuable feedstock for new material.

  • Fraunhofer, SABIC, and Procter & Gamble join forces
  • The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics.
  • The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.

Due to COVID-19, use of billions of disposable facemasks is raising environmental concerns especially when they are thoughtlessly discarded in public spaces, including - parks, open-air venues and beaches. Apart from the challenge of dealing with such huge volumes of essential personal healthcare items in a sustainable way, simply throwing the used masks away for disposal on landfill sites or in incineration plants represents a loss of valuable feedstock for new material.

“Recognizing the challenge, we set out to explore how used facemasks could potentially be returned into the value chain of new facemask production”, says Dr. Peter Dziezok, Director R&D Open Innovation at P&G. “But creating a true circular solution from both a sustainable and an economically feasible perspective takes partners. Therefore, we teamed up with Fraunhofer CCPE and Fraunhofer UMSICHT’s expert scientists and SABIC’s Technology & Innovation specialists to investigate potential solutions.”

As part of the pilot, P&G collected used facemasks worn by employees or given to visitors at its manufacturing and research sites in Germany. Although those masks are always disposed of responsibly, there was no ideal route in place to recycle them efficiently. To help demonstrate a potential step change in this scenario, special collection bins were set up, and the collected used masks were sent to Fraunhofer for further processing in a dedicated research pyrolysis plant.

“A single-use medical product such as a face mask has high hygiene requirements, both in terms of disposal and production. Mechanical recycling, would have not done the job”, explains Dr. Alexander Hofmann, Head of Department Recycling Management at Fraunhofer UMSICHT. “In our solution, therefore, the masks were first automatically shredded and then thermochemically converted to pyrolysis oil. Pyrolysis breaks the plastic down into molecular fragments under pressure and heat, which will also destroy any residual pollutants or pathogens, such as the Coronavirus. In this way it is possible to produce feedstock for new plastics in virgin quality that can also meet the requirements for medical products”, adds Hofmann, who is also Head of Research Department “Advanced Recycling” at Fraunhofer CCPE.

The pyrolysis oil was then sent to SABIC to be used as feedstock for the production of new PP resin. The resins were produced using the widely recognized principle of mass balance to combine the alternative feedstock with fossil-based feedstock in the production process. Mass balance is considered a crucial bridge between today’s large scale linear economy and the more sustainable circular economy of the future, which today is operated on a smaller scale but is expected to grow quickly.

“The high-quality circular PP polymer obtained in this pilot clearly demonstrates that closed-loop recycling is achievable through active collaboration of players from across the value chain”, emphasizes Mark Vester, Global Circular Economy Leader at SABIC. “The circular material is part of our TRUCIRCLE™ portfolio, aimed at preventing valuable used plastic from becoming waste and at mitigating the depletion of fossil resources.”

Finally, to close the loop, the PP polymer was supplied to P&G, where it was processed into non-woven fibers material. “This pilot project has helped us to assess if the close loop approach could work for hygienic and medical grade plastics”, says Hansjörg Reick, P&G Senior Director Open Innovation. “Of course, further work is needed but the results so far have been very encouraging.”

The entire closed loop pilot project from facemask collection to production was developed and implemented within seven months. The transferability of advanced recycling to other feedstocks and chemical products is being further researched at Fraunhofer CCPE.

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Warden Schijve joins the AZL team (c) AZL
Dr. Michael Emonts, Warden Schijve, Philipp Fröhlig und Dr. Kai Fischer (von links nach rechts) im AZL Tech Center
02.11.2020

Warden Schijve joins the AZL team

Aachen - Warden Schijve, former Chief Scientist Composites at SABIC, recently joined the AZL engineering team in October. As Design Leader, he is further expanding the product and application development division of the service provider for business development and technology development in lightweight.

AZL Aachen GmbH supports companies along the entire value chain in implementing competitive lightweight technologies. "We develop component and production concepts for companies, including the analysis of costs and production-relevant KPIs. With our broad range of material and production technologies, we provide a comprehensive solution for the development and evaluation of products and identify the most suitable paths to implementation. Warden Schijve will use his many years of experience to support our partners in the efficient development, evaluation and implementation of component and production solutions through to market readiness," says Dr. Kai Fischer, Managing Partner of AZL Aachen GmbH.

Aachen - Warden Schijve, former Chief Scientist Composites at SABIC, recently joined the AZL engineering team in October. As Design Leader, he is further expanding the product and application development division of the service provider for business development and technology development in lightweight.

AZL Aachen GmbH supports companies along the entire value chain in implementing competitive lightweight technologies. "We develop component and production concepts for companies, including the analysis of costs and production-relevant KPIs. With our broad range of material and production technologies, we provide a comprehensive solution for the development and evaluation of products and identify the most suitable paths to implementation. Warden Schijve will use his many years of experience to support our partners in the efficient development, evaluation and implementation of component and production solutions through to market readiness," says Dr. Kai Fischer, Managing Partner of AZL Aachen GmbH.

From his 35 years in the composites industry with Fokker, DSM and SABIC, Warden Schijve brings a broad and deep expertise in structural design, plastics and composites, as well as processing technology.
Warden Schijve: “In my career I’ve always seen that it pays off to evaluate various different design concepts, which may use different materials or material combinations, to finally come to the most cost-competitive lightweight applications. Taking into account different manufacturing technologies right from the beginning can save a lot in later stages of component development. And this is what fascinates me about AZL and its eco-system: the available knowledge on a wide variation of process and production technologies, including cutting edge equipment, at both the AZL Tech Center, and the various institutes present in the total RWTH Aachen Campus.”

Dr. Michael Emonts, Managing Partner of AZL Aachen GmbH: "We are delighted that Warden Schijve, as a well-known face from the AZL community, will enrich us in developing lightweight applications, production systems and processes, identifying competitive technology optimizations through the analysis of markets and applications, and supporting our customers in the industrial implementation of the developed technologies."

Warden Schijve will also lead the project for a concept study for future battery casings based on composite-based multi-material systems. The AZL started the project in October together with 30 participating companies from the entire value chain to get an overview of existing component solutions, evaluate the advantages of a multi-material approach and develop a multi-material component design including a production concept for battery casings.

24.10.2018

SABIC: neues PP mit besonders hoher Fließfähigkeit für leichte, atmungsaktive Vliesstoffe in Körperpflegeanwendungen

Auf dem RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium präsentiert SABIC ein innovatives neues Polypropylen (PP), das gezielt für erhöhte Eigenschaften in Schmelzblasfasern zur Fertigung von Vliesstoffen entwickelt wurde. Das unter der Bezeichnung SABIC® PP 514M12 vermarktete Produkt eignet sich für eine Vielzahl möglicher Endanwendungen in Körperpflegeartikeln und weiteren Marktsegmenten. Es ist der erste Typ einer neuen Familie besonders leichtfließender Compounds von SABIC und wird nach nur zweijähriger Entwicklungszeit voraussichtlich ab Ende 2018 kommerziell verfügbar sein.

Auf dem RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium präsentiert SABIC ein innovatives neues Polypropylen (PP), das gezielt für erhöhte Eigenschaften in Schmelzblasfasern zur Fertigung von Vliesstoffen entwickelt wurde. Das unter der Bezeichnung SABIC® PP 514M12 vermarktete Produkt eignet sich für eine Vielzahl möglicher Endanwendungen in Körperpflegeartikeln und weiteren Marktsegmenten. Es ist der erste Typ einer neuen Familie besonders leichtfließender Compounds von SABIC und wird nach nur zweijähriger Entwicklungszeit voraussichtlich ab Ende 2018 kommerziell verfügbar sein.

Die aktuellen Herausforderungen und hohen Verbraucheransprüche im Körperpflegemarkt haben alle Akteure entlang der Wertschöpfungskette in dieser Branche veranlasst, ihre Entwicklungsprogramme zu beschleunigen und richtungsweisende Lösungen umzusetzen. SABIC betrachtet Herausforderungen seit jeher als Chancen und ist bestrebt, Markttrends und Marktdynamiken zu antizipieren, um neue Materialien für innovative Anwendungen anzubieten. Das Unternehmen stellt auf dem RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposium auch einen der Hauptreferenten. Die Veranstaltung findet von 24. bis 26. Oktober 2018 in Xiamen (China) statt und erwartet Repräsentanten von mehr als 160 führenden Unternehmen der Körperpflegeindustrie aus aller Welt.

SABIC® PP 514M12 basiert auf einer phthalatfreien und geruchlosen Technologie, die sehr gute Verarbeitungseigenschaften zur Produktion von Schmelzblasfasern mit hoher Ziehfähigkeit, Spinnbarkeit und Gleichförmigkeit bietet. Die daraus gefertigten Vliesstoffe vereinen hohe Barriere- und Absorptionseigenschaften mit Atmungsaktivität in dünnen und leichten Hochleistungsgeweben, die sich durch erhöhte Anpassungsfähigkeit und reduzierten Materialverbrauch auszeichnen.

Mit einer Fließfähigkeit von >1,000 g/10 min erschließen Schmelzblasfasern aus SABIC®514M12 vielseitige Möglichkeiten zur Fertigung äußerst leichter und dünner Vliesstoffe mit dem Ziel, die Tragbarkeit und Luftdurchlässigkeit der Endprodukte zu optimieren und gleichzeitig sehr gute Barriereeigenschaften sicherzustellen.

Hydrostatische Wassersäulenversuche, eine häufige Anforderung an spezifische Spinnvlies/Schmelzblas/Spinnvlies-Strukturen für Hygieneartikel, haben das Potenzial von SABIC® PP 514M12 zur Verbesserung der Absorptions- und Barriereleistung von Geweben bestätigt.

Darüber hinaus ist die phthalatfreie Monomaterialtechnologie von SABIC darauf ausgerichtet, dem Verarbeiter im Vergleich zu etablierten Schmelzblaspolymeren und Benchmark-Blends ein Material mit hoher Reinheit und besseren Gebrauchseigenschaften zu bieten. So wird SABIC® PP 514M12 als normales Granulat geliefert, was seine Handhabung, Lagerung und Verarbeitung erleichtert.

Die Körperpflegeindustrie sucht laufend nach fortschrittlichen Materiallösungen, die es den Herstellern gestatten, bestehende Grenzen in Aspekten der Verbrauchersicherheit, Verbraucherfreundlichkeit, Funktionalität, Nachhaltigkeit und Kostenkontrolle zu überwinden. Das innovative neue Polypropylenprodukt von SABIC für Schmelzblasfasern greift diese Herausforderungen auf, während es strikte Hygiene- und Verbraucherschutzvorschriften erfüllt.

SABIC® PP 514M12 lässt sich problemlos an spezifische Kunden- und Anwendungsanforderungen anpassen. Verarbeitungstests mit Produktionsmengen des neuen Schmelzblas-PP auf neuesten, schnelllaufenden Anlagen eines spezialisierten Maschinenherstellers haben seine ausgezeichneten Verarbeitungs- und Leistungseigenschaften auf oder über dem Niveau marktgängiger Referenzprodukte unter Beweis gestellt. In anschließenden Versuchen bei ausgewählten Vliesstoffherstellern wurde die hohe Eignung des innovativen neuen Materials für eine Vielzahl möglicher Endprodukte untermauert – von Windeln bis hin zu Monatsbinden und anderen Hygieneartikeln. Neben Monomaterial- und Verbundvliesstoffen kann SABIC® PP 514M12 auch als Basispolymer für Farbmasterbatches eingesetzt werden.

Als strategischer Anbieter neuer Materiallösungen im Markt ist SABIC entschlossen, einen signifikanten Beitrag zum Erfolg seiner Kunden zu leisten, indem es die Messlatte für Qualität und Leistung immer ein Stück höher legt, langfristige Zuverlässigkeit sicherstellt und wertvolle Beziehungen aufbaut, um gemeinsame Wachstumschancen zu nutzen.

SABIC bietet ein umfassendes PP-Portfolio für Lösungen in diversifizierten Marktbereichen, zu denen neben dem Körperpflegesegment auch die Kraftfahrzeug-, Haushaltsgeräte- und Verpackungsindustrie sowie die Medizintechnik und das Bauwesen zählen. Die globalen Geschäftseinheiten und das Sortiment der Polymere von SABIC sind gezielt darauf ausgerichtet, die Kundenanforderungen in diesen Bereichen zu erfüllen. Das unterstreicht die marktorientierte Strategie des Unternehmens zur wirksamen Kundenunterstützung mit Innovation, Service und Anwendungsentwicklung rund um den Erdball.

Während des RISI Asia Pacific Hygiene Products Symposiums hält Mavis Liu, Market Development Engineer für das Personal Hygiene Segment von SABIC in Asien, am 25. Oktober um 14 Uhr im Conrad Xiamen Konferenzhotel einen Leitvortrag über „Innovative Solutions for the Personal Hygiene Industry: Achieve Functionality, Consumer Convenience and Safety“.

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SABIC SHOWCASES FULL COMPLEMENT OF MARKET LEADING FLUIDS FOR CHINESE AND ASIAN MARKETS AT IESD SHOW, SHANGHAI
23.04.2018

SABIC SHOWCASES FULL COMPLEMENT OF MARKET LEADING FLUIDS FOR CHINESE AND ASIAN MARKETS AT IESD SHOW, SHANGHAI

As a global leader in the chemical industry, SABIC will present its full Fluids product portfolio at IESD, the leading surfactants and detergents show for China and Asia, in Shanghai, April 24 -26.

SABIC Specialties provides high value, technologically advanced chemical derivatives for use in a wide range of applications. Employed as surfactants, detergents, emulsifiers, emollients and thickeners for consumer products ranging from cosmetic and personal care, home care and pharmaceuticals, to industrial products like textiles, paints and coatings. Additionally, these products find their way into industrial uses such as specialty lubricants, crop protection, and oil & gas applications.

As a global leader in the chemical industry, SABIC will present its full Fluids product portfolio at IESD, the leading surfactants and detergents show for China and Asia, in Shanghai, April 24 -26.

SABIC Specialties provides high value, technologically advanced chemical derivatives for use in a wide range of applications. Employed as surfactants, detergents, emulsifiers, emollients and thickeners for consumer products ranging from cosmetic and personal care, home care and pharmaceuticals, to industrial products like textiles, paints and coatings. Additionally, these products find their way into industrial uses such as specialty lubricants, crop protection, and oil & gas applications.

A key aspect of SABIC Specialties Fluids business - not only within China, but for the broader Asia region - is its ability to deliver the added value only a dedicated, local team with stocked inventory and flexible packaging options, can supply. In addition to local team know-how and readiness, SABIC’s Chinese operations are supported by a global team with significant expertise and production facilities around the globe. Focused on creating the right balance of properties and performance to meet the ever-increasing needs of consumers and industry, SABIC works closely with specifiers and formulators to develop vital constituents for game changing products.

At IESD SABIC will be introducing SAPEG 400 PH, its new pharma grade PEG400, conforming to USP-NF monograph and manufactured to EXCiPACT Good Manufacturing Practices of pharmaceutical excipients. It is used in liquid preparations as a viscosity modifier, in ointment and suppository bases as a melting point regulator, moisturizer and lubricant and in the preservation of pathological specimens. It can be used in the manufacturing of creams, lotions, toothpastes and in soaps as a humectant.

“SABIC Specialties has long been a pioneer in developing innovative chemicals and polymers to support the production of the latest and most advanced domestic and industrial applications”, said Eric Jaarda, Senior Manager, Fluids Marketing Global at SABIC Specialties. “We are proud to present some of our most advanced and versatile offerings at this year’s IESD in Shanghai and to demonstrate our commitment to the Chinese and broader Asian market.”

In addition to SAPEG 400 PH, SABIC will also be showcasing the following:

  • Natural Fatty Alcohol (C12-14) Ethoxylates (SABIC® SABICOL L2/L3/L7/L9) - both colorless and odourless, this is a range of versatile non-ionic surfactants. Supplied as liquids or as a paste, they are efficient water in oil emulsifiers and readily biodegradable.
  • Synthetic Alcohol (Isodecyl and Isotridecyl Alcohol) Ethoxylates (SABIC® SABICOL DA5/DA7/TA5/TA6/TA7/TA8/TA9) - a series of fast wetting, low odor and biodegradable non-ionic surfactants.
  • Castor Oil Ethoxylates (SABIC® SABICOL EL30/40/55) - supplied in liquid form or as a paste, they are completely miscible in water and many organic solvents. Non-toxic and non-irritant, they are employed as emulsifiers in both domestic and industrial applications.
  • Polyethyleneglycols (SAPEG200/300/400/600) - consisting of a distribution of polymers of varying molecular weights, these are colorless and odorless liquids. Non-toxic and non-irritant, they are used as humectants, lubricants, solvents and viscosity modifiers in a range of applications.

 

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