Sabic Launches New Compounds Using Recycled Fiberglass


Sabic, a global leader in the chemicals industry, has launched two grades in a new material portfolio that incorporate pre-consumer recycled fiberglass diverted from the industrial process waste stream.

These polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) compounds LNP Elcrin WF006XXPiQ and LNP Elcrin WF0061XPiQ, each reinforced with 30% pre-consumer recycled short glass fibers, provide mechanical properties and color match of Elcrin iQ grades which use reinforcement in virgin fiberglass.

This new technology further reduces the carbon footprint of Elcrin iQ materials, which already support the circular economy and help reduce plastic waste by using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) recycled from discarded water bottles.

“We are continually looking for new ways to accelerate the carbon neutrality of our materials across our portfolio,” said Luc Govaerts, Director of Formulation and Application Development for Sabic’s Specialties business.

“This effort includes evaluating every component of our thermoplastic compounds and working with others in the value chain to identify potential replacements that can lead to circularity. Prioritizing customer needs is at the heart of this process, so that greater sustainability goes hand in hand with exceptional performance, consistent quality and processing efficiency.

Reduce environmental impacts

Sabic is one of the first material suppliers to adopt pre-consumer recycled fiberglass for thermoplastic compounds. The short glass fiber used in these new Elcrin iQ materials contains 100% recycled content in accordance with the Underwriters Laboratories Recycled Content Validation Procedure (UL 2809), using the mass balance approach.

Compared to virgin PBT reinforced with virgin glass fiber, LNP compound Elcrin WF006XXPiQ contains 67% recycled content and reduces carbon footprint by 29%, while LNP compound Elcrin WF0061XPiQ contains 55% recycled content and reduced carbon footprint. 24% carbon footprint.

In addition to their improved durability profile, these materials offer good structural performance (stiffness and strength), chemical resistance and colorability for applications in the consumer electronics, automotive and electrical industries. and electronics. In addition, the new Elcrin WF0061XPiQ LNP compound offers a non-halogenated flame retardant.

Replacing the existing virgin PBT and Elcrin iQ grades, the two new compounds allow customers to increase application durability without the need for design or tooling changes.

“These two next-generation materials offer customers new opportunities to advance their carbon neutrality strategy by further increasing the amount of recycled content they use and reducing carbon emissions from their applications, while maintaining properties and equivalent processability, ”said Darpan Parikh, Global Leader in Product Management, LNP Portfolio, Sabic Specialties Business.

“For Sabic, the decision to switch to pre-consumer recycled fiberglass reinforces our commitment to optimize resource use and contribute to our customers’ net zero carbon goals. “

Sabic plans to expand the use of pre-consumer recycled fiberglass to reinforced compounds based on other resins in its specialty offerings. These new products are available for sampling worldwide and formulations can be tailored to specific customer needs. – TradeArabia News Service