SITTARD, The Netherlands -- SABIC is adding to its range of polypropylenes for thin-wall injection molding applications with a new impact copolymer grade, SABIC® PP Flowpact FPC 100. SABIC has developed the new material for the production of thin wall containers for yellow fats and packaging for dairy products such as yoghurts, cream, flavoured milk and cheese spreads.
PP-based Thin Wall Containers
With the introduction of FPC100, SABIC now has two impact copolymers and one homopolymer in its Flowpact range.
As with existing grades SABIC® PP FPC55 and SABIC® PP FPH50, the new grade contains a state-of-the-art package of processing and antistatic additives. It is distinguished by high flow and high crystallisation speed, which together result in reduced cycle times for moulders. It also features an excellent balance of impact strength and stiffness.
SABIC® PP Flowpact FPC 100 has a melt flow rate (MFR, 230 °C, 2.16 kg) of 100 g/10 min, enabling easy production using multicavity moulds running at high speed. Concerning food packaging, the new grade is in compliance with EFSA regulations.
Ricardo Calumby, Technical Marketing Engineer PP at SABIC in Sittard, the Netherlands, says all Flowpact grades are designed to provide important savings in unit costs at converters, particularly in thin-wall packaging. "The energy they can save will have knock-on benefits for related environmental considerations," he notes.
"Flowpact is a successful illustration of our policy of developing innovative products for sustainable market solutions to sit alongside our core bulk materials, making the idea of a one-stop shop for packaging customers a reality," Calumby concludes.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is one of the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
SABIC's businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and China. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with 33,000 employees worldwide.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
About SABIC in Europe
In Europe SABIC has 12 world-scale production facilities which manufacture polyethylenes, polypropylenes, engineering thermoplastics and chemical products. An extensive network of local sales offices and logistical hubs are responsible for sales of these products as well as those manufactured elsewhere in the world. In addition SABIC has three research facilities based in the region, which form part of its global Technology and Innovation organization. SABIC employs approximately 6000 people in Europe.