SABIC To Invest in Chinese Production Line

SABIC To Invest in Chinese Production Line

Plastics Business

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is proceeding with an investment in a production line for STAMAX long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at its manufacturing site in Shanghai, China. The new capacity, expected to come on stream during the second half of 2015, brings SABIC’s STAMAX operations closer to customers in China and Asia Pacific and responds to increased demand for the lightweight LFGPP material from automakers in the region. SABIC is headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Leading automakers have successfully used STAMAX resin as a weight and emissions reduction solution since the early 2000s, primarily for large molded parts and semi-structural parts such as front-end modules, door modules, instrument panel carriers, tailgates and seat structures. SABIC currently operates two STAMAX resin plants: one in Genk, Belgium, the largest greenfield polypropylene compounding plant ever built in Europe; and one in Bay St. Louis, MS, which opened in November 2011.

The STAMAX resin production line in Shanghai will be built using the same state-of-the-art design and technology of those in Genk and Bay St. Louis. As a result, SABIC will be poised to deliver uniform product quality for its customers’ global platforms from each plant.

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