SABIC eyes Mexico's growing automobile industry

14 March 2013 22:13  [Source: ICIS news]

MEXICO CITY (ICIS)--SABIC Innovative Plastics is marketing its plastics to Mexico's automobile industry, where production is expected to grow by 6-7% year on year, an executive said on Thursday.

Amanda Roble, SABIC's automotive general manager for the Americas, said: "We continue to see companies investing down there, investing in plants, putting new plants in."

Automobiles are a major consumer of chemicals, and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) estimates that each new vehicle contains an average of $3,297 worth of chemicals such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), nylon and polycarbonate (PC).

Roble said SABIC is benefitting both from the absolute growth in Mexico's automobile industry and from plastics being used to lighten the weight of automobiles.

Automobile producers are increasingly making parts with plastics instead of heavier materials, such as metal and glass. Lighter vehicles emit fewer emissions.

SABIC is marketing its LEXAN polycarbonate as a replacement for glass, Roble said.

Already, Volkswagen's XL 1 plug-in hybrid automobile is using side windows made of LEXAN.

Meanwhile, Roble said the company is marketing its STAMAX long-glass-fibre polypropylene (PP) for door modules, instrument panels and front-end modules.

The company's NORYL GTX resin can remove 3kg from the weight of a vehicle's front wing, she said. NORYL is a blend of polyamide and modified polyphenylene ether polymer (PPE).

SABIC has a booth at the 18th annual Plastimagen international plastics exposition and conference, which ends on Friday.

By: Al Greenwood
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