Sabic to tap Mideast synthetic rubber demand

By Barry Copping
EUROPEAN RUBBER JOURNAL STAFF

Published: October 16, 2013 1:35 pm ET
Updated: October 16, 2013 1:43 pm ET

Al-Rabeeah

Image By: Sabic Al-Rabeeah

Related to this story

Topics Materials Suppliers, K 2013, Business News & Features
Companies & Associations Sabic Innovative Plastics

DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY — Sabic will bring on stream 400,000 metric tons per year of synthetic rubber capacity in 2015 to meet Middle Eastern demand, the company announced Wednesday at a press conference at K 2013 in Düsseldorf.

Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, executive vice president for performance chemicals, told European Rubber Journal that rumors of a delay in the project were unfounded.

"We are precisely on schedule," he said. "Pre-marketing has begun to selected clients. Our rationale is to build customer relationships before the rubber comes on stream." He claims the plant commissioning and production startup will be flawless.

The firm — whose partner in the project is ExxonMobil Chemical — will produce both ethylene propylene diene monomer and polybutadiene rubbers. Al-Rabeeah said that production could be varied flexibly between the two types, with no fixed proportion envisaged. He said that Sabic's substantial investment in assets ensures consistency of supply for its customers. With "huge" population growth in the Middle East, and the region around Saudi Arabia a major importer of rubber goods, Sabic (Hall 6/D42) sees particular potential in the automotive market (both tire and non-tire) and the construction sector. He said the region consumes 25 million tires a year. The region's climate poses particular challenges — for instance the effects of ambient and road temperatures on tire performance and reliability.

Examples of construction sector applications for Sabic's EPDM rubbers include bridge bearings, dock fenders, tunnel segmentation seals, flooring, window profiles, seals for building components of various types, flexible tanks and water hoses.

"Chemistry matters, but customers are more interested in physics" in terms of product characteristics and in-service performance, Al-Rabeeah said. "We at Sabic are not making molecules; we are making solutions."


Comments

Sabic to tap Mideast synthetic rubber demand

By Barry Copping
EUROPEAN RUBBER JOURNAL STAFF

Published: October 16, 2013 1:35 pm ET
Updated: October 16, 2013 1:43 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Celanese buys conductive polymer supplier

October 21, 2014 4:31 pm ET

Materials firm Celanese Corp. has acquired most of the assets of conductive polymers maker Cool Polymers Inc. for an undisclosed price.    More

Image

BASF targets coffee and automotive connoisseurs with new resin grades

October 21, 2014 2:07 pm ET

BASF SE is using polybutylene terephthalate (PBT), which is normally used to manufacture high-end electronics, in a food consumer packaging product.    More

Image

Corbion Purac collaboration taking bioplastics into even more uses

October 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

Corbion Purac NV's collaboration with Taiwan-headquartered compounder Supla Co. Ltd. and Taiwan electronics producer Kuender & Co. is paying...    More

Image

Momentive gearing up for some timely LSR sales

October 17, 2014 10:58 am ET

Momentive Performance Materials Inc. has plenty of time for customers at Fakuma — thanks to colorful new watchbands made with the firm's fiber-...    More

Image

Evonik sees clear growth opportunities with new Plexiglas Resist resin

October 17, 2014 6:00 am ET

Evonik Industries AG presented a new specialty molding compound during Fakuma in Friedrichshafen with which it plans to exploit the growing demand for...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events