The coolest thing I saw at the K today: Sustainability is all around at the Sabic stand

Designing an engaging trade show stand can be especially challenging for chemicals companies. At best, they can display end products or concepts in which their materials are used: Vehicles of all stripes are a popular prop, from Formula 1 race cars to the camping van of the future at the BASF stand that we featured yesterday. Sabic, however, has gone the extra mile with a stunning video installation that engulfs you in sustainability-themed visuals when you stand on the platform. The video below will give you an idea, but it's no substitute for the real thing: Check it out on stand D 42 in hall 6. And while you're there, you might want to dive into the substance of sustainability and learn about the company's new polycarbonate (PC) based on certified renewable feedstock. The material's properties and performance reportedly match conventional virgin resins.

A first in the industry, according to Sabic, the PC is certified by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) to incorporate second-generation renewable feedstocks that are not in competition with the food chain. Processors will be pleased to learn that the material, which has the potential to reduce both CO2 emissions and the use of fossil feedstock, can be processed on existing equipment under identical process conditions.

The material is part of the company's Trucircle portfolio of circular solutions, and is linked to the commitments of customers "who increasingly require sustainable solutions in response to both consumer and regulatory demands,” said Abdulrahman Al-Fageeh, Executive Vice President Petrochemicals. “This major milestone in Sabic’s strategic sustainability pathway now extends our offering beyond polyolefins, where we already have our existing certified circular and certified renewable portfolios,” he said in a prepared statement. 

A cradle-to-gate life-cycle analysis of the material commissioned by Sabic showed up to 50% reduction in the carbon footprint and up to a 35% positive impact on fossil depletion compared with fossil-based PC production.

The PC based on ISCC PLUS–certified feedstock will be produced initially at the company's facilities in Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands, with global availability planned soon. The resin is suited for applications in all market segments, including automotive, consumer, electronics and electrical, building & construction and healthcare, currently served by its existing PC portfolio, said Sabic.

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