Materials maker Saudi Basic Industries Corp. has launched grades of Noryl-brand resins with post-consumer content.
In a news release, Sabic officials said that the new materials use 25 percent or more post-consumer content and are aimed at providing additional sustainable material options for customers. They added that the technology was validated through commercialization of several grades, including one containing 30 percent recycled content.
Recycled content helps to lower Noryl's global warming potential by 10 percent compared to standard fossil-based grades. Noryl is a polyphenylene ether (PPE) resin used in specialty applications. Recycled content can be incorporated into more than 200 existing Noryl grades, as well as new grades based on specific customer requirements.
The new Noryl grades "are another milestone in Sabic's long-term strategy to address customers' sustainability requirements and support circularity," specialties business management director Joshua Chiaw said. He added that Sabic also is involved in chemical upcycling of single-use PET bottles and is expanding its use of bio-based feedstocks.
The new materials can be used in electrical applications such as HVAC enclosures and photovoltaic and solar junction boxes. The products are now available globally. Officials said that bio-based Noryl grades are in development.
Sabic is a global supplier of commodity and engineering resins that employs more than 31,000. The firm is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with U.S. headquarters in Houston. In 2022, Sabic posted sales of almost $53 billion.