SABIC extending its polymer portfolio for healthcare applications

(SABIC) -- SABIC, a global plastics industry leader, is extending its polymer portfolio for healthcare applications with the launch of two high-purity polypropylene (PP) random copolymers. Both new PP grades were developed specifically for healthcare applications, underscoring SABIC's strong commitment to the industry. SABIC will showcase the two new grades, one for a wide range of blow moulding applications, the other for injection moulded parts, at Pharmapack 2011 in Paris on February 23 and 24 (stand 176/178).

Extrusion-blow moulding grade SABIC PP PCGR02 exhibits good contact transparency, outstanding impact strength and excellent processability. Key target applications include bottles and ampoules. The second new resin, SABIC PP PCGR25, features the high clarity and good antistatic properties necessary for injection moulded housings of disposable syringes. It may also be used for other parts that benefit from its excellent optical properties as well as its broad processing window.


Iran started building of a new petchem complex

(Tehran Times ) -- The Marjan Petrochemical Complex is being constructed in Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (Assalouyeh), the Mehr News Agency reported. The unit has the capacity to produce 1,650,000 tons of methanol and is estimated to come on stream by 2015 (the end of the Fifth Five-Year Development Plan) at the cost of 342 million euros and 2.12 trillion rials (some $212 million).

Iran exported $8.7 billion worth of petrochemical products in the first ten months of the Iranian calendar year (ended January 20, 2011), which shows a 61 percent increase in value compared to the same period the year before.

Iran currently produces 25.8 percent of petrochemical products of the Middle East and 2.4 percent of the global output. The country plans to produce 44 million tons of petrochemicals by the end of the current year.


Jacobs contract for Chemicals manufacturing plant and conversion projects in Saudi Arabia

(Jacobs) -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced that it signed a contract in Dec. 2010, with the Saudi Industrial Investment Group (SIIG) and Arabian Chevron Phillips Petrochemical Company Limited (ACP) to provide engineering, procurement and construction management services for a polyamide 6,6 manufacturing plant and a number of polymer conversion projects. The projects will be located in the Eastern Province industrial city of Al-Jubail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Officials did not disclose the contract value, however noted that Jacobs' Houston, Texas and Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia offices are executing the project work, and anticipate providing career opportunities for Saudi nationals.

The polyamide 6,6 plant is expected to be built using state of the art technology licensed from a leading producer of polyamide 6,6. The polymer conversion projects are expected to include high-performance polyethylene pipe, irrigation products, medical disposables, complex caps and closures, pharmaceutical packaging products, polyamide 6,6 compounding, electrical fittings and automotive parts.

Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services.


SRG Global Inc. has broken ground on an injection molding plant in Irapuato, Mexico

(Plastics Today) -- SRG Global Inc. has broken ground on an injection molding, top coat, chrome-plating, and assembly plant in Irapuato, Mexico. The company estimates that the initial phase of the project will cost between $25 and $35 million, with the facility expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

Tom Schneider, SRG's director of marketing, told PlasticsToday that at this point in time the facility's final size and machine count are to be determined, with the build-out expected to last one year. The company expects to install injection molding machines ranging from 250 to 3000 tons, but that also could be subject to change. Schneider said that SRG currently supplies "many" of the OEMs that are Mexico, shipping product from its sites in Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri.

SRG Global said in a release that construction of the Mexico facility is part of its business strategy to maintain local and regional production capabilities.


Advanced polymer modifier could boost its take up in packaging - DuPont Packaging

(Food Production Daily) -- An advanced polymer modifier that tackles a host of limitations linked with polylactic acid (PLA) could boost its take up in packaging, said DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.

Latest trials by the US-based company have shown its Biomax Strong 120 delivers ⌠remarkable toughening effects in brittle PLA materials, cuts power consumption and increases thermal stability during extrusion, according to Dr Carol Casarino, packaging and consumer global technology manager.

The modifier can also have a dramatic effect in reducing crinkly film noise - which has so far restricted its acceptance in flexible packaging application such as snack bags, said DuPont.

The firm said recent testing had revealed the new benefits from this PLA modifier that ⌠could speed the growth of PLA polymers in packaging.