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Sabic expands its broad resin portfolio to cater to the industry

By Michelle Yeomans , 22-Feb-2013
Last updated on 22-Feb-2013 at 12:41 GMT

The global thermoplastics provider has expanded its polyolefin material portfolio for cosmetic packaging to meet diverse needs and offer the latest material technologies to industry professionals.

The newly expanded portfolio of bottles, tubes, caps and closures, dispensing systems, airless covers and packaging for lipstick comes as the strategic supplier of materials and color services aims to give its customers a greater choice while streamlining product development and supply chain management.

“Sabic’s new materials portfolio and technical services enables the cosmetics packaging industry to gain new solutions for meeting the latest regulatory, style and performance challenges,” says general manager of performance materials, Eric Hogenboom.

We are looking forward to building collaborative, long-term relationships to help personal care companies achieve greater competitive differentiation and business success,” he adds.

Expanded portfolio

In regards to tubes, Sabic is now offering a full range of polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) grades for the body, shoulder and caps. “High-density PE for monolayer tubes, co-extrusions and laminates provides high consistency to ensure optimum results from decoration and printing.”

Its latest development for aerosol actuatorscaps, closures and dispensing systems is a copolymer with ‘high impact’ properties and enhanced cycle times which the company says was developed with fast processing in mind, lower processing temperatures and fast nucleation, to deliver cycle time savings of up to 15 per cent.

For can overcaps, Sabic’s new ‘PP Qrystal’ injection molding grades, with melt flows ranging from 25 to 80, has been developed to offer transparency and processability and to improve production rates with no hardware investment.

Compared with standard random copolymer PP materials, the Qrytstal grades can be processed at temperatures 30°C lower without compromising optical performance and lower processing temperatures can cut cooling and overall cycle times lowering energy consumption, ” says Hogenboom.

Other expansions

Sabic has also recently expanded its multi-year agreement with one of the world’s top-ranked universities, ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich),  for multiple future projects in a wide range of areas in technology and innovation.

The global thermoplastics provider had entered into a research collaboration agreement with the Swiss university last year in the field of functional materials and nanotechnology.

The new agreement will strengthen this research alliance and allow the two sides to enter into strategic partnerships whilst allowing Sabic to develop advanced technologies into innovative solutions to meet global market needs and demands in many societal areas.

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