SABIC opens PP compounding business in Mississippi

02 November 2011 22:37  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--To meet growing demand from the automotive industry, SABIC Innovative Plastics opened a specialty polypropylene (PP) compounding operation in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, the company said on Wednesday.

The new compounding operation, which opened at SABIC's existing Bay St Louis facility, will supply SABIC PP compounds and SABIC STAMAX long-glass fibre-filled PP composites.

Information on capacity and cost was not available.

As the automotive industry has moved toward global vehicle platforms, there is a growing need for a supply of materials that can meet specifications for several regions, said Leon Jacobs, PP global leader for SABIC Innovative Plastics, Automotive.

The use of PP in automobiles has grown by about 3–5%/year over several decades, in part because of weight savings, design flexibility and corrosion resistance versus metals, the company said.

"New doors are opening for polypropylene and the broader category of thermoplastic materials," Jacobs said. "In components for hybrid and electric vehicles; in the under-hood area where heat is not a critical factor; and in semi-structural applications where polypropylene can allow for the creation of highly integrated parts to further reduce mass and cost."

The Mississippi site is the second PP compounding operation that the company has opened in less than two years. In June 2010, it opened a specialty PP compounding facility in Genk, Belgium, with the capacity to produce 110,000 tonnes/year of PP compounds and 30,000 tonnes/year of STAMAX long-glass fibre PP.

By: Michelle Klump
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