Saudi Kayan to start up new Al-Jubail PC plant at end of March

10 January 2011 14:34  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Saudi Kayan is expected to start up its new polycarbonate (PC) plant in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, at the end of March, a SABIC source said on Monday.

SABIC has a 35% stake in Saudi Kayan, while Al-Kayan Petrochemical Company owns 20% of the company. The remaining shares are publicly traded on the Saudi bourse.

The facility, with a nameplate capacity of 260,000 tonnes/year, will be the first PC plant in the Middle East, the SABIC source said on the sidelines of the Arabplast exhibition in Dubai.

Supply from the plant will be used in applications such as optical products, greenhouses and automobiles, the source said.

SABIC is trying to raise awareness on engineering plastics, including PC, in the Middle East as that market is currently more focused on commodity plastics, he added.

The producer also aims to gain a larger share of the Asian engineering plastics market, which is currently dominated by companies such as BayerMaterial Science, Teijin and Honam Petrochemical, the source said.

The four-day 10th Arab International Plastics and Rubber Industry Trade Show and Conference in Dubai ends tomorrow.

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