SABIC to expand capacity for ULTEM and NORYL resin production 9th February 2018
“Increased customer demand, especially in Asia, prompted the further capacity expansion plans,”, said Ernesto Occhiello, Executive Vice President, Specialties, SABIC. “While interim capacity gains for both ULTEM and NORYL resins have been achieved, global demand for both product lines has increased significantly, and SABIC is planning to expand its capacity to support our customers’ growth aspirations. We will continue to focus efforts to deliver the right capacity, in the right global locations, at the right time to support our customers’ needs.”
ULTEM resins are currently produced in two locations, Mt Vernon, Indiana, and Cartagena, Spain. The planned operations in Singapore will localize supply for customers in Asia, reducing lead times, especially for shorter qualification cycle applications. When fully operational, the Singapore facility is expected to increase capacity by 50% over a 2018 baseline. “With the addition of Singapore, SABIC will be the only petrochemical company with the ability to produce the high heat resin in Asia, the Americas and Europe, a significant advantage for the company’s customers,” Occhiello noted.
The decision to recommission the Bergen op Zoom NORYL resins facility provides customers with a second source of PPE resins globally, and affirms SABIC’s commitment to the European market and global customers who specify their material solution needs from Europe. When operational, the Bergen op Zoom facility is expected to add more than 40% global capacity over a 2017 baseline.
In the meantime, SABIC expects incremental manufacturing process improvements at the Selkirk, New York, and Mt. Vernon plants to provide increases in NORYL (PPE) resin and ULTEM (PEI) resin production by the end of 2018. The resulting supply gains will be used to meet growing demand and improve lead times for customers.