Düsseldorf, Germany — Saudi Basic Industries at K 2019 unveiled what officials said is the industry's first polycarbonate resin based on certified renewable feedstock.
"We're moving our renewable polyolefin technology into polycarbonate," Petrochemicals Executive Vice President Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh said at an Oct. 16 news conference. "This will allow us to reduce CO2 emissions."
He added that the new material is being made with renewable content in the phenol, acetone and cumene raw materials that are needed to make PC.
The new PC and other sustainable materials made by Sabic aren't limited to one end market, according to Al-Fageeh. "It's about choosing a material to match the assets in our product portfolio and throughout the entire value chain," he said.
Sabic officials said renewable PC can offer carbon footprint reductions of up to 50 percent and fossil fuel deletion of up to 35 percent. The new material will be made at first at the firm's production plant in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands.