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

Ford moving forward in carbon fiber for 'high volume' use

April 17, 2015 10:21 am ET

Ford Motor Co. has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight...    More

Image

Force majeure declared at six European sites since mid-March

April 17, 2015 1:10 pm ET

At least six European resin makers have declared force majeure on polyethylene, polypropylene and related products since mid-March, leading to higher ...    More

Image

Executives step down from Star Thermoplastics

April 17, 2015 12:56 pm ET

Executives Randall Fortin and Larry Johnson no longer are with materials firm Star Thermoplastics Alloys & Rubbers Inc.    More

Image

Zoltek expanding CF capacity in Europe

April 17, 2015 10:12 am ET

Leading carbon fiber group Zoltek Corp. has signed a strategic agreement with the Hungarian government to expand its operation in northern Hungary,...    More

Image

Hanwha Azdel adds capacity in Lynchburg

April 16, 2015 2:01 pm ET

Composite maker Hanwha Azdel Inc. will add space and a new production line at its Lynchburg, Va., production facility, the company announced April 16.    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

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

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

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

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events