SABIC officially opens PP compounding operation in Mississippi, US

24 November 2011 10:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--SABIC Innovative Plastics has officially opened its specialty polypropylene (PP) compounding operation in Bay St Louis, Mississippi, in the US, the Saudi Arabia-based company said on Thursday.

The compounding operation, which has opened at SABIC's existing Bay St Louis facility, will supply SABIC PP compounds and SABIC STAMAX long-glass fibre-filled PP composites, in order to meet growing demand from the automotive industry.

“With this investment in Bay St Louis, we have significantly boosted our capability to meet that demand and deliver even more responsiveness to our global customers,” said Gregory Adams, vice-president, Innovative Plastics, Automotive.

Information on capacity and cost was not disclosed by the company.

It is the second time in 17 months that SABIC has opened a PP compounding facility, following the start-up of its Genk plant in Belgium in June 2010.

“We have taken the expertise that we have accumulated in Europe and the rest of the world and added it to North America,” said Leon Jacobs, polypropylene global leader Innovative Plastics, Automotive.

PP materials in the automotive sector have shown steady growth over several decades – at about 3–5% a year on average – and have replaced metals and other polymers in various parts and components, said SABIC.

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By: Franco Capaldo
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