SABIC Makes A Splash At Fakuma With New NORYL Resin, Meeting Tightening Global Regulations For Materials In Potable Water Systems
Here at the Fakuma trade fair, booth #B5-5506, SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business today announced a new NORYL™ resin that not only complies with current European and global sustainability regulations governing materials used in potable water systems, but also with new, tougher regulations slated to go into effect in 2016. Developed at SABIC’s Fluid Engineering Center of Excellence in the Netherlands, NORYL FE1630PW resin is a 30-percent glass-reinforced polyphenylene ether (PPE) that offers excellent hydrological performance in both cold and hot water systems. The next-generation resin also meets tightening global specifications regarding compliance of glass fiber and sizing with U.S. and European food contact requirements.
This PPE technology advancement further demonstrates SABIC’s proactive efforts to provide the fluid engineering industry with higher-performing, compliant materials that lead regulatory changes.
“Our new NORYL resin solution is part of SABIC’s global sustainability strategy to create new technologies that help our customers conserve natural resources, such as drinking water,” said Ilknur Gur, general manager, Specialty Portfolio in Europe, Innovative Plastics. “Improving the performance and lifespan of water carrier systems can make an important contribution to human health while supporting global industry demand for high-end, environmentally responsible thermoplastics. The launch of our new NORYL resin also showcases how our Fluid Engineering Center of Excellence and our world-class experts continue to break new ground in materials science, including state-of-the-art testing, to enable SABIC to meet the current and future needs of our customers.”
Going Above Today’s Standards
Plastics regulated under the major European and global directives for potable water systems already must comply with the food contact requirements of Food Contact Europe (FCEU) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In 2016, these rules will be expanded to include glass fiber and sizing. Glass-reinforced NORYL FE1630PW resin has been rigorously tested and shown to meet these upcoming standards, as well as Germany’s KTW regulation, the European and UK Water Regulations Advisory Board (WRAS), France’s Attestation de Conformite Sanitaire (ACS) and the global NSF/ANSI Standard 61.
NORYL FE1630PW resin delivers long-term water resistance under conditions of fluctuating temperature (up to 85 C) and pressure, including water hammer. Its performance has been substantiated with data from SABIC’s Fluid Engineering Centre of Excellence Laboratory, which is available upon request. The material also provides excellent processing characteristics including good stability and low reject rates.
Applications for NORYL FE1630PW include hydroblocks for boilers used for heating and drinking water, faucet cartridges and shower head water guide parts.
The new material is available globally.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 29.24 billion (US$ 7.80 billion) in 2011. Sales revenues for 2011 totaled SR 189.90 billion (US$ 50.64 billion). Total assets stood at SR 332.78 billion (US$ 88.74 billion) at the end of 2011.
SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.
SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
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 Innovative Plastics
SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).