SABIC develops advanced polypropylene catalyst

31 March 2010 18:43  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has developed a fourth-generation catalyst for polypropylene (PP) production, it said on Wednesday.

SABIC said its catalyst offered better performance than conventional PP catalysts, especially in applications such as packaging, carpets, piping and automotive parts.

The company had already commercially applied the new catalyst at its IBN ZAHR Saudi European Petrochemical affiliate to produce nearly 30,000 tonnes of PP, which was sold into local and international markets, it said.

Chief executive Mohamed Al-Mady said the development of the catalyst was a “milestone” for SABIC that would further strengthen its position in the PP industry.

Al-Mady recently told ICIS news that his company would eventually pursue acquisitions to gain access to technology and markets.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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