Sabic shows PP & PE polymers for nonwovens at Switzerland’s INDEX 2021

October 25, 2021 - Switzerland

The hygiene and healthcare segment of Sabic's petrochemicals business displayed its portfolio of Sabic Purecares polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers for high-purity nonwovens and hygiene films at the INDEX Expo in Geneva, Switzerland, held from October 19-22, 2021.

The company’s exhibit also featured enabling solutions developed with partners to address the issue of plastic waste and support the transformation of the industry towards a circular economy with closed-loop initiatives and certified circular polymers under its Trucircle portfolio and services.

Sabic exhibited a wide range of PP polymers targeted at these needs. Highlights on display included dedicated PP and PE grades for lightweight nonwoven fabrics using the latest spunbound and meltblown processes, and a new ultra-high melt flow PP product engineered for meltblown fibres in nonwoven fabrics. The nonwoven focus was complemented by industry proven polyolefins for cast and blown film applications in hygiene webs and laminates, providing desirable back and top sheet properties such as water tightness, breathability and elasticity, Sabic said in a media statement.

In addition, Sabic also presented ISCC Plus certified fibre and film polymers based on circular and renewable PP and PE polymer technology as part of the company’s Trucircle portfolio for advancing the transformation of the plastics industry from a linear to a truly circular economy. Examples of this comprehensive initiative included collaborations with various market leaders in the field.

Together with Fibertex personal care, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spunbond nonwovens for the hygiene industry, Sabic is creating a range of high-purity nonwovens for the hygiene market using ISCC PLUS certified circular PP polymer derived from post-consumer plastic waste. In another project, Fraunhofer Institute, Sabic and Procter & Gamble (P&G) joined forces to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of an advanced close-loop recycling process for used nonwoven facemasks.

“Our new hygiene and healthcare market solution organisation will align our efforts to support our customers’ needs in this industry more effectively. The new setup will drive tailored technology platforms and advanced product developments for customers who require this advanced, differentiated performance. At the same time, it will help us maintain and strengthen our competitive lead by accelerating the pace of innovation to respond to market trends more quickly,” Abdullah Al-Otaibi, general manager ETP and market solutions, Sabic Petrochemicals said in a statement.