SABIC to commercialise new, non-bottle applications for PET

05 April 2012 09:36  [Source: ICIS news]

DUBAI (ICIS)--Resins producer SABIC is in the middle of developing and commercialising new non-bottle applications for its polyethylene terephthalate (PET) products and will conduct trials by June this year, one of its scientists said on Thursday.

“[SABIC's] new PET unit is scheduled to start up in 2013. While most of [the output] will be bottle-grade resins, we are developing new areas, such as PET tape and tape fabric,” said Zahir Basheer from its technology and innovation division.

He was speaking to delegates at the third annual Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) Plastics Summit.

The new applications are co-inventions, involving a partnership between SABIC and Austrian machinery manufacturer Starlinger, he said.

SABIC has a PET unit at Yanbu, with a nameplate capacity of 330,000 tonnes/year. Its new 420,000 tonnes/year PET unit at the same site is expected to be brought on stream by 2013.

The three-day summit ends on Thursday.

By: Yu Guo
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