|SABIC Automotive Businesses Premiere at VDI in Germany, Showcasing Solutions for Auto Engineering Challenges
|MANNHEIM, Germany — Mar. 5, 2008 — For the first time, the SABIC family of automotive businesses from SABIC Innovative Plastics, SABIC Europe, and Exatec will exhibit together at the VDI Conference in Mannheim, Germany. At Stand 51, the three businesses will showcase the benefits of advanced plastics technologies in reducing automotive weight, increasing design flexibility, and enhancing part integration. This joint participation underscores the company’s strong commitment to collaborating with German automakers and tiers, and to continuous materials innovation that can address demands for more environmentally compatible vehicles that offer high performance, increased safety, and cutting-edge styling.
“Working with our automotive customers as long-term partners to help them achieve business success is our number-one goal,” said Derek Buckmaster, Automotive Marketing director, Exterior Body & Glazing, SABIC Innovative Plastics. “Strong partnerships enable us to understand our customers’ needs and proactively develop new materials solutions like you see here at the VDI. Together with our German customers, we can solve tough challenges such as finding new vehicle weight reduction solutions and fresh design approaches.”
Polypropylene solutions from SABIC Europe
“SABIC is exhibiting our latest technologies at the VDI, showcasing a unique front bumper made from SABIC polypropylene compound, a new front-end module made of SABIC* STAMAX long-glass-fiber-reinforced polypropylene, and a MPV door made from SABIC polypropylene compound,” said Mark Neville, business unit director Polypropylene Automotive Polymers. “The German auto industry is an extremely important market for SABIC due to our strong collaboration with many OEMs. Together with offerings from SABIC Innovative Plastics and Exatec, our vast portfolio of engineered plastics will play a key role in our customers’ applications by helping manufacturers comply with environmental and safety legislation and demand for increased fuel efficiency.”
Glazing Solutions from Exatec
Examples of Exatec solutions include the “Francis” backlite prototype, utilizing lightweight Lexan* polycarbonate resin with proprietary Exatec coating for durability and incorporating the proprietary Exatec defroster system. The world’s first full-size, two-component injection-molded backlite, the “Francis” features integrated hinges, strut attachment points, handles, stop light, and interior lights. Innovative designs such as this one highlight the multiple advantages of thermoplastic glazing, which enables part consolidation for cost-out, weight-out, and streamlined design.
Also on display will be a two-component, molded polycarbonate roof panel prototype, developed in conjunction with Summerer Technologies, highlighting the unique design capabilities of Lexan polycarbonate automotive glazing as well as the ability to integrate attachment points on the inside surface of the component. The 2K tool in which this part is molded, is part of the unique capabilities of the Glazing Centre of Excellence recently launched by SABIC Innovative Plastics.
The combined automotive glazing resources of SABIC Innovative Plastics and Exatec are now able to offer the industry the widest range of siloxane coating, plasma-enhanced coating, defrosting, and polycarbonate resin solutions for automotive glazing. The team is also best-positioned to assist automotive OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers to implement these solutions for industrial production.
Technology Innovations from SABIC Innovative Plastics
In addition to automotive glazing, the SABIC exhibit will highlight the latest technologies from SABIC Innovative Plastics. These include exterior body panels from the latest French multi-purpose van, highlighting lightweight conductive Noryl GTX* resin fenders; interior components such as the Lexan* EXL resin prototype steering wheel; and lighting applications such as a Lexan* XHT resin lighting bezel exterior for a recent Swedish passenger car. Structural components include rear door handle and a pedestrian protection energy absorber for a new U.S.-built full-size truck made from award-winning Xenoy iQ* resins. All demonstrate the benefits of replacing traditional metal and other materials with lightweight, design-enhancing thermoplastic resins and composites.
For more information on the members of the SABIC family, please visit the company’s websites at http://www.sabic.com/, or for SABIC innovative Plastics specifically, visit http://www.sabic-ip.com/.
* Trademark of SABIC.
* Trademarks of SABIC Innovative Plastics IP BV.
|Notes to Editors
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is one of the world’s 10 largest petrochemicals manufacturers. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers, as well as the fourth-largest polyolefin producer.
SABIC reported a net profit of SR 20.2 billion (US$ 5.4 billion) for the first nine months of 2007, an increase of 42 percent, compared to the SR 14.2 billion (US$ 3.9 billion) net profit in the same period last year. For the third quarter (3Q) of 2007, the company reported a profit of SR 7.4 billion, (US$ 1.9 billion) an increase of 37 percent over the 3Q-2006 profit of SR 5.4 billion (US$ 1.4 billion) and an increase of 14% over the 2Q-2007 profit of SR 6.5 billion (US$ 1.7 billion). Current assets at the end of 2006 were SR 74 billion (US$ 19.7 billion).
SABIC operates six interlinked strategic business units: Basic Chemicals, Intermediates, Specialty Products, Polymers, Fertilizers and Metals. In 2007 SABIC Innovative Plastics was launched as a global supplier of specialty plastics. SABIC has significant research resources and has dedicated Research and Technology and application centers in the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific with customers in more than 100 countries. SABIC has more than 30,000 employees worldwide.
In Saudi Arabia, the company has 20 world-scale complexes and 19 of them are located at the two largest sites – in Al-Jubail and in Yanbu. Some of these complexes are operated with multi-national joint venture partners such as ExxonMobil, Shell and Mitsubishi Chemicals. SABIC produces in 23 locations in the Americas and 15 locations in Asia-Pacific. In Europe, SABIC has 15 production sites. There is an additional site in Turkey. SABIC’s overall production has increased from 27 million metric tons in 2001 to 49.1 million metric tons in 2006.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
About SABIC Innovative Plastics:
SABIC Innovative Plastics is a global supplier of plastic resins widely used in automotive, healthcare, consumer electronics, transportation, performance packaging, building and construction, telecommunications and optical media applications. The company manufactures and compounds polycarbonate, ABS, ASA, PPE, PC/ABS, PBT and PEI resins, as well as the LNP* line of high-performance specialty compounds, under such well known brand names as Lexan*, Cycolac*, Geloy*, Noryl*, Cycoloy*, Valox* and Ultem*.
The Specialty Film and Sheet division of SABIC Innovative Plastics manufactures high-performance Lexan sheet and film products used in thousands of demanding applications worldwide. The dedicated automotive organization is an experienced, worldwide supplier, offering leading plastics solutions for five key automotive segments: body panels and glazing; under the hood applications; component; structures and interiors; and lighting.
SABIC Innovative Plastics is part of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), one of the 10 largest petrochemicals manufacturers in the world.
* Trademarks of SABIC Innovative Plastics IP BV.
About SABIC Europe:
SABIC Europe (Sittard, The Netherlands) is a SABIC subsidiary which includes all SABIC’s polymers and base chemicals activities in Europe and employs around 3,300 people. SABIC has a European sales offices network, logistic hubs and three petrochemical sites in Europe: at Geleen (The Netherlands), Teesside (United Kingdom) and at Gelsenkirchen (Germany). SABIC Europe produces 3 million metric tons per annum of polyolefins* and 5.7 million metric tons of basic chemicals, mainly for the European market.
* including the projected numbers for the SABIC UK Petrochemicals 2008 LDPE plant.
• The proper names of the companies are SABIC Innovative Plastics, SABIC Europe and excludes any abbreviations or variations when referring to the company.
• As an acronym, SABIC should be all caps whenever it appears in print.