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Sabic announces plans to expand capacity for Ultemt and Norylt resin production

Monday, February 12, 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherland - In response to customer needs, Sabic has announced projects in Asia and the Netherlands designed to increase global capacity for two of its high-performance engineering thermoplastic materials, Ultemt and Norylt resins. To increase capacity for Ultemt resins, a polyetherimide material, Sabic plans to expand its existing footprint in Singapore where it currently has compounding operations, pending final government clearance. The planned new production facility in Singapore is expected to go online in the first half of 2021. The company also plans to recommission operations at its Bergen op Zoom PPE resin plant in the Netherlands by the end of 2019 to produce polyphenylene ether (PPE), the base resin for its line of Norylt resins and oligomers. "Increased customer demand, especially in Asia, prompted the further capacity expansion plans,", said Ernesto Occhiello, Executive Vice President, Specialties, Sabic. "While interim capacity gains for both Ultemt and Norylt resins have been achieved, global demand for both product lines has increased significantly, and Sabic is planning to expand its capacity to support our customers' growth aspirations. We will continue to focus efforts to deliver the right capacity, in the right global locations, at the right time to support our customers' needs." Ultemt resins are currently produced in two locations, Mt. Vernon, Indiana, and Cartagena, Spain. The planned operations in Singapore will localize supply for customers in Asia, reducing lead times, especially for shorter qualification cycle applications. When fully operational, the Singapore facility is expected to increase capacity by 50% over a 2018 baseline. "With the addition of Singapore, Sabic will be the only petrochemical company with the ability to produce the high heat resin in Asia, the Americas and Europe, a significant advantage for the company's customers," Occhiello noted. The decision to recommission the Bergen op Zoom Norylt resins facility provides customers with a second source of PPE resins globally, and affirms Sabic's commitment to the European market and global customers who specify their material solution needs from Europe. When operational, the Bergen op Zoom facility is expected to add more than 40% global capacity over a 2017 baseline. In the meantime, Sabic expects incremental manufacturing process improvements at the Selkirk, New York, and Mt. Vernon plants to provide increases in Norylt (PPE) resin and Ultemt (PEI) resin production by the end of 2018. The resulting supply gains will be used to meet growing demand and improve lead times for customers. - * Email


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Friday, February 16, 2018
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Thursday, February 15, 2018
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
TechnoBiz offers specialized training course for the rubber processing industry this April in Jakarta
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Malaysia sees the use of cold mix asphalt and rubber as a boost for industry
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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Global natural rubber prices increased by 5 percent in January
Mitsui Chemicals posts record high profit for 2017

Monday, February 12, 2018
ARPM's 2018 State of the Rubber Industry report is now available
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