SABIC to launch portfolio of renewable polyolefins

May 19, 2014 |


In the Netherlands, SABIC announced that it will launch its first portfolio of certified renewable polyolefins certified under the ISCC Plus certification scheme. With this launch, SABIC becomes the first petrochemicals company to be able to produce renewable second generation polyethylenes and polypropylenes, which will be useful as the packaging industry demands more sustainable materials.

To develop the new renewable portfolio, SABIC used its ‘Chemistry that Matters’ approach in working closely with customers to create materials that meet the growing requirements for sustainable materials which do not impact the food chain.

“We have optimized our technology to allow the production of renewable PP and PE using renewable feedstocks, which are made from waste fats and oils and are not in direct competition with the food chain, with equal performance to those produced with fossil fuels,” says Mark Vester, Business Leader LL-LDPE for SABIC. “This technology has the potential to revolutionize both the plastics and packaging industry across Europe and around the world,” he continues.

Vester also told the Digest that the waste streams will be primarily sourced in Europe, for now, and will only utilize feedstocks that have been certified under the ISCC Plus framework.

The materials will be produced initially at SABIC’s production facilities at Galeen in the Netherlands — but Vester noted that work is well advanced on expanding the production to the company’s Gelsenkirchen plant in Germany, and that the expectation is that the expansion would take place this year.

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