SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business have announced plans to significantly increase capacity for its Stamax long glass fibre-filled polypropylene composite resins at its manufacturing facility in Genk, Belgium.
The increase has been put in place to meet rapidly growing demand from the automotive industry. Last month the company started work on a new production line, slated to open in the second half of 2013.
SABIC’s STAMAX LGFPP composite resins offer several advantages over other materials in automotive applications. Compared to steel, SABIC’s resins are light in weight, do not corrode and facilitate parts integration that can streamline the vehicle assembly process. This high-performance SABIC material also provides excellent strength and dimensional stability, high flow for thin-wall structural components and exceptional design freedom. In addition, Stamax composite resins provide high heat deflection temperatures, high stiffness, low thermal expansion and low creep.
Leon Jacobs, SABIC Innovative Plastics’ Automotive leader in Europe said;
When we constructed the Genk facility, we proactively built in scalability in anticipation of customers’ future needs. It took only two years before we needed to scale up with this new, state-of-the-art production line because our STAMAX composite resins have become a material of choice for a growing number of automotive applications.