SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business announced on April 23 that it is proceeding with an investment in a production line for STAMAX long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at its manufacturing site in Shanghai, China. The new capacity, expected to come onstream during the second half of 2015, brings SABIC’s STAMAX operations closer to customers in China and Asia-Pacific and responds to increased demand for the lightweight LFGPP material from automakers in the region.
SABIC currently operates two STAMAX resin plants: one in Genk, Belgium, the largest greenfield polypropylene compounding plant ever built in Europe; and one in Bay St. Louis, Miss., USA, which opened in November 2011. The STAMAX resin production line in Shanghai will be built using the same design and technology of those in Genk and Bay St. Louis. As a result, SABIC says it will be poised to deliver uniform product quality for its customers’ global platforms from each plant.
“With this move to bring local supply of STAMAX resin to China and Asia Pacific, we are demonstrating commitment to ensure our expanding customer base in the region has a reliable supply of this import material technology,” says Alan Leung, vice president of global and Asia Pacific commercial operation for SABIC's Innovative Plastics Business.
In addition to the new STAMAX resin production line, SABIC is adding on-the-ground specialists in China and Asia Pacific to strengthen its design support offering in the region. These specialists work with SABIC’s customers on process and mold design and can deliver technical support during processing production. Services include ultralight mechanical design, mechanical calculations, mold flow studies and warpage simulations.