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Polycarbonate debut in Mideast

Saudi Kayan becomes the first producer of polycarbonates in the Middle East, and the pioneering effort opens new industrial development possibilities in the region

Sabic recently marked a historic milestone in the region’s industrial development when its world-class manufacturing affiliate Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Company (Saudi Kayan) began production trials of polycarbonate (PC) at its plant in Jubail Industrial City.

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ExxonMobil, Sabic progress on JV

The specific products planned for the Al Jubail project will be butyl rubber, polybutadiene rubber, SBR, EPDM, thermoplastic elastomers and olefins and carbon black

Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) and affiliates of ExxonMobil Chemical Co have awarded front-end engineering design contracts (Feed) for a planned new elastomers project in Saudi Arabia.

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Carbon fibre deal signed

The deal with Montefibre is expected to establish a domestic supply of over 3,000 tonnes of carbon fibre

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has signed a technology agreement with Montefibre granting Sabic and its affiliates an extensive international licence on carbon fibre technology developed by Montefibre.

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Ultem PE fibre debuts in Japan

Sabic Innovative Plastics continues to penetrate and grow new market segments for its globally proven Ultem resin technology

Sabic Innovative Plastics has announced that its versatile, high-performance Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) fibre has found an important new application in high-end work wear and protective clothing. Japan Wool Textile Company, a division of Nikke Group, is now blending Ultem fibre with wool and other materials to produce yarn, fabrics and garments that offer a unique combination of comfort and protection, including permanent, non-halogenated flame retardance (FR) and excellent ultraviolet (UV) resistance.

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Sabic plans to take stake in Inpro JV

The company comes to the JV with 45 years’ experience as a leading industry pioneer in automotive plastics material technologies and application development

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase an equity stake in Inpro, a joint venture dedicated to collaborative innovation in automotive production. Sabic will join Daimler, Siemens, ThyssenKrupp and Volkswagen as equity owners in the group. The Federal State of Berlin has also held shares in Inpro since its founding in 1983.

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Solar shade panels use Lexan sheet

Sabic’s robust Lexan PC sheet products are lightweight, flame-retardant materials, available in monolithic and multiwall configurations, which are used worldwide for roofing

The high-performance panels using Sabic’s Lexan Sheet filter out direct sunlight to minimise solar gain and glare on computer screens. They also admit generous amounts of natural light and are expected to significantly reduce building energy requirements, and maintenance and lifespan costs. Sabic’s ongoing investment in environmentally responsible materials for the global building and construction industry is helping customers meet their sustainability goals with new eco-progressive products.

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Offering space-age composite material

Sabic’s high-performance, lightweight materials for aircraft interiors can make a significant contribution to fuel economy and emissions reduction

Sabic's extensive portfolio of resin, sheet, foam and composite technologies are playing a key role in conserving fuel and lowering emissions; meeting increasingly stringent FST regulations; and enhancing the comfort and aesthetics of the cabin environment.

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Pedestrian safety undertray created for Ford C-MAX

The resin’s superior ductility and great impact resistance, when combined with the part design, provide the energy absorption needed for enhanced lower leg impact protection. It is also a great fit with Ford’s sustainability policy

Xenoy iQ resin from Sabic’s Innovative Plastics strategic business unit – chosen by Ford for the pedestrian safety system of its 2011 C-MAX multipurpose vehicle (MPV) – has helped the automaker earn a five-star rating from the independent safety organisation Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme).

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PC capacity boost in China plants

Innovative Plastics is adding dedicated compounding production lines of its iconic Lexan PC resin thereby increasing the capacity at its Shanghai facility by early 2012

The Innovative Plastics strategic business unit of Sabic announced at Chinaplas 2011 that it is adding new production lines of the company’s world-renowned Lexan polycarbonate (PC) resins and films in Shanghai and Nansha, China.

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Sabic-Maaden phosphate JV starts initial production

The joint venture, in which Sabic holds 30 per cent stake, will produce about 3 million tonnes per year of diammonium phosphate fertiliser when it reaches full production. This represents more than 10 per cent of current global demand

Saudi Arabian Mining Co (Maaden) says its phosphate joint venture with Saudi Basic Industries Corp (Sabic) has started initial production.

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Product innovation aids sustainability

Sabic’s customers want materials solutions that help them reduce their environmental footprint by cutting energy costs during manufacturing

With Sabic’s sustainability programme, the company is aiming for dramatic improvements in greenhouse gas emissions and energy, water and material usage in its operations. At the same time, its plan focuses squarely on developing products and applications that respond to its customers’ growing sustainability needs.

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Sabic signs four deals with Kaust

The agreements will help both organisations fulfil their missions of harnessing science and technology for the benefit of the people of Saudi Arabia and beyond

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has signed four agreements with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Kaust) at the University campus in Thuwal. The agreements cover the development and localisation of technology in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They advance the technology and innovation strategy pursued by Sabic as well as enhance the comprehensive cooperation program sponsored by Kaust.

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Extreme weather guard with style

Sabic’s Insulgard Security Products combine the material innovation of Lexan sheet and the technical expertise of the experienced Insulgard architecture team

Insulgard Security Products – the industry leader in architectural security products – has unveiled new full lite architectural aluminium security doors that help protect emergency workers and the public from life-threatening hurricanes and tornados.

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Helping Meccano break new ground

Sabic’s tie-up with Mexico’s Meccano is a building and construction industry milestone, where Sabic works side-by-side with customers to help them achieve business success

Sabic's Innovative Plastics business unit has announced an industry first: new one-piece, reusable concrete forms made from the company’s high-performance LNP Verton long glass fibre-reinforced composite.

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Sipchem starts work on phase 3

The company has also begun construction work on a separate ethyl acetate and butyl acetate complex, which will have a combined capacity of 100,000 tpy

Saudi International Petrochemical Co (Sipchem) has begun construction work on phase 3 of a previously announced investment programme at Jubail, Saudi Arabia to build several manufacturing facilities with a combined investment value of SR3.58 billion ($954.7 million).

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Sustainable Range Rover

Land Rover used several resins from Sabic for various applications to support improved fuel consumption

The all-new Range Rover Evoque was in the spotlight at Sabic’s Chinaplas 2011 booth, underscoring the benefits of lightweight and environmentally responsible materials from the Innovative Plastics strategic business unit of Sabic.

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AKHC backs GCC growth

Saudi-based Abdulkarim Holding Company has developed kingdom-wide branches and distribution centres

Al Abdulkarim Holding Company (AKHC), established more than three decades ago, enjoys a leadership position in the supply of electrical, communication, instrumentation, automation and control, piping, oilfield supplies and engineered systems and equipment.

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Reducing capex, boosting returns

Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise leverages success-critical project information and knowledge to improve and automate work processes

Intergraph’s SmartPlant Enterprise solution offers a powerful portfolio of best-in-class applications, which may be deployed individually or as a flexible, integrated enterprise solution – allowing an organisation to successfully unleash the untapped value often restricted by silo-centric communication and execution. Its modular architecture provides scalability to create substantial return on investment while reducing risk.

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New range unveiled

Saudi Leather Industries, the regional pioneer in industrial footwear, has extended its product portfolio

Saudi Leather Industries Company has extended its products portfolio to include security belt and safety footwear with composite cap conductive footwear.  The regional footwear major has also introduced safety footwear for women.

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Saudicranes gets a lift

Konecranes’ takeover will further help the local crane manufacturer strengthen its leadership position

Saudi Cranes and Steel Works Factory (Saudicranes) is a leading company engaged in the manufacture of cranes in Saudi Arabia. Saudicranes, located in progressive Eastern Region’s Jubail Industrial City, is equipped with all the required manufacturing facilities and is backed up by a team of qualified engineering professionals with modern technical expertise. Saudicranes core business is design, manufacturing, modification, refurbishment, maintenance and supply of various types of industrial crane equipment.

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Technology and innovation propel Sabic forward

The new innovation will ensure that Sabic businesses and research and technology centres work closely in generating and advancing new ideas and thought while at the same time engaging external resources

Sabic's creation was perhaps economic and developmental innovation at its best because it began with the idea of capturing flared gases and turning them into value-added products, and in the process building a world-class petrochemical industry.

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Pushing forward with expansion

Sabic affiliates are increasing polyolefin and polymer production, including a propane dehydrogenation plant at $1 billion at Zahr, and a PET plant at Sharq

Despite oil giant Saudi Aramco asserting itself in Saudi Arabia’s petrochemicals industry, Sabic continues to be the numero uno in the chemicals sector, pushing ahead with a spate of expansions. The biggest chemicals maker by market value has a number of projects planned or under way. A $2-billion elastomer project is a joint venture between Sabic and ExxonMobil Chemical which will be built at the complex of Al Jubail Petrochemical Co (Kemya). The project will produce about 400,000 tonnes per year (tpy) of carbon black, rubber and thermoplastic speciality polymers. ExxonMobil will provide the technology and the products will be sold to local and international markets.

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