SABIC

SABIC's broad portfolio includes engineering thermoplastics and polyolefins. Through materials innovation, automated digital manufacturing, and predictive engineering capabilities, SABIC is actively working on removing hurdles for the broad adoption of advanced thermoplastic composite materials across industries and geographies.

Polymer Processing Development Center
55 Merril Rd
Pittsfield, MA 01201 US

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Continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics data added to CAMPUS database
The new data, which will be released in October, is the result of an ongoing material standardization and characterization effort led by German reinforced plastics company AVK.

Research project reports potential for tape inserts in injection molding
The research consortium, led by the Aachen Center for Integrative Lightweight Production and the Institute for Plastics Processing at RWTH Aachen University, will present its results at K 2019.

High-speed, high-rate thermoplastic composites manufacturing
A novel process from SABIC and Airborne promises high-speed, high-rate production of thermoplastic composite laminates for mainstream manufacturing and a variety of applications.

Evolving into continuous fiber reinforcements
SABIC expanded its materials offerings in short-fiber injection and long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) materials to include continuous-fiber thermoplastic tapes.

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Mallinda raises strategic investment from SABIC
The Colorado startup aims to scale up its pre-cured thermoset composite materials for use in the transporation industry.

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Saudi Aramco to acquire majority stake in SABIC
Saudi Aramco has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire a 70-percent majority stake in SABIC in a private transaction.

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Massachusetts-based startup​​​​​​​ raises funding to launch carbon fiber super-composite
Boston Materials has raised $1.75 million in seed funding to launch its Carbon Supercomposite, which uses a patented Z-axis reinforcement technology in a carbon fiber composite.

SABIC UDMAX thermoplastic tape, JEC World 2019

JEC World 2019 preview: SABIC
SABIC (Pittsfield, Mass., U.S., 6/P12) is highlighting the progress of its Digital Composites Manufacturing line, an automated digital systems for rapid, large-scale laminate manufacturing, via a 360-degree virtual reality experience.

SPE recognizes first injection molded thermoplastic energy absorber
The award-winning energy absorber is made with XENOY Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from SABIC.

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Drones: Composite UAVs take flight
First seen in defense applications, unpiloted aircraft development is surging in the commercial world, enabled by a host of new material, process and assembly technologies.

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SABIC launches new filaments for fused deposition modeling
The new filaments add to the company’s fast-growing additive manufacturing materials portfolio.

Composites Overmolding conference agenda set
The Composites Overmolding 2018 conference will be held June 13-14, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Showplace, Diamond Center, in Novi, Michigan.

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Episode 17: Gino Francato, Sabic; Arno van Mourik, Airborne; John O'Connor, Siemens
Business leaders at Sabic, Airborne and Siemens discuss a collaboration by the three companies to develop the UDMAX thermoplastic laminate manufacturing system.

Airborne, Siemens, SABIC partner for TPC mass production
Having acquired Fibre Reinforced Thermoplastics B.V. (FRT, Lelystad, Netherlands) in 2016, SABIC was looking for a partner to produce large quantities of thermoplastic composite parts (using its UDMAX tapes, of course) at a radically lower cost. “We have been doing this type of work for a variety of industries,” says Arno van Mourik, founder and director of Airborne (The Hague, The Netherlands). His company is the leading manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipe for oil and gas. “We have developed software and an industrialized process that now produces 40-50 tonnes of continuous product in one go without touch labor.” In 2015, Airborne built the Digital Factory Composites Field Lab with partners Siemens (Plano, TX, US) and KUKA Robotics (Augsburg, Germany) to pursue digitalization of composites processes.

Thermoplastic composites: Past the tipping point?
The manufacturing world watched a decade ago as automatically placed thermoset composite tapes replaced aluminum in commercial airframes and made composites a household word in markets around the world. Has the time come for thermoplastic composite tapes to make a similar impact?

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JEC World 2018: The highlights
JEC World is the composites industry’s largest trade show and did not disappoint this year.

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European SAMPE meeting explores composites innovation
High spots from SAMPE Europe’s Summit 17.

Class A composites: A history
Composites have made a lingering and increasingly positive impression in the for exterior automotive body panels.

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Small companies, long-term impact
In a time known for owner “exit strategies,” longevity in family-owned composites businesses is heartening.

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3D printed composite parts provide solution for UAV
New technology uses long carbon fibers to boost strength and stiffness for small yet high-performance aircraft.

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Precision design for deployable space structures
Enabling SMAP mission success, unprecedented design requirements were deftly managed using composites in the largest unfurling and rotating reflector to date.

Product Categories of SABIC

Materials
  • Matrix resins, thermoplastic
    • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
    • Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
    • Polycarbonate
    • Polyester (PET)
    • Polyetherimide
    • Polyethersulfone
    • Polyethylene
    • Polyimide
    • Polypropylene
    • Other thermoplastics
  • Prepregs, thermoplastic
    • Commingled/cowoven/coserved yarns
    • Fabric
    • Tape
    • Other thermoplastic prepregs
  • Compounds
    • Thermoplastic, long fiber-reinforced (LFRT)
    • Thermoplastic, short fiber-reinforced
Composite Structures & Components
  • Aerospace, aircraft interior
  • Aerospace, radomes
  • Automotive, body panels & substructures
  • Automotive, interior (seats, IPCs, floor panels, etc.)
  • Automotive, underhood
  • Carbon/carbon composites
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Other composite structures