Sabic has commercialized a portfolio of 10 LNP Elcrin-brand polycarbonate-based resins with up to 75 percent certified post-consumer content.
In a news release, officials with Sabic in Houston said that the new materials can reduce carbon footprint while delivering desirable performance properties and aesthetics. "Adopting these PC-based copolymer materials … can help customers advance their sustainability initiatives without sacrificing key attributes," they added.
Officials said that, depending on grade, the new materials may provide low-temperature ductility, chemical and weathering resistance, good flow for easy processing, transparency, a broad color space, UV stability and thin-wall flame retardance.
"Specialty thermoplastics formulated with mechanically recycled content are an important part of Sabic's net-zero strategy," LNP/Noryl business director Joshua Chiaw said. "Our new LNP copolymer resins offer customers across multiple industries fresh opportunities to significantly increase the amount of [post-consumer] content in their applications."
The new materials can be used in housings of consumer electronic devices and chargers, enclosures for 5G base station infrastructure and industrial components such as circuit breakers. In automotive, they can be used for exterior grilles, pillars and trim.
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.