PITTSFIELD, MASS. (Dec. 19, 4 p.m. ET) — Sabic Innovative Plastics has opened a new 3,000 square-foot pilot plant in Mount Vernon, Ind., that officials said will allow the firm to more rapidly produce high-performance polymers.
The new area can be used to make custom formulations of Ultem-brand and Siltem-brand polyetherimides and Extem-brand polyimides for customers, officials with Pittsfield, Mass.-based Sabic Iinnovative Plastics said in a Dec. 19 news release.
Officials added that piloting work previously was done externally, but now will be integrated into product research and development and scale-up to commercial production.
The Mount Vernon site “has long been a hub for major innovation breakthroughs and the source of 300 patents,” global high-performance polymers technology leader Sanjay Mishra said in the release. The pilot plant “takes [Sabic] to a new level of high performance polymers technical innovation and dedicated support,” he added.
Sabic Innovative Plastics ranks as one of the world's leading producer of polycarbonate – sold under the Lexan-brand name – and other specialty plastics. The firm is a unit of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.