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Sabic plans new production facility in Singapore for ULTEM resins

DIVERSIFIED chemicals firm Sabic announced that it plans to expand its existing footprint in Singapore to increase capacity of ULTEM resins, a polyetherimide material, pending final government clearance.

The planned new production facility in Singapore is expected to go online in the first half of 2021.

ULTEM resins are currently produced in two locations, Mt Vernon, Indiana, and Cartagena, Spain. The planned operations in Singapore will localise supply for customers in Asia, reducing lead times, especially for shorter qualification cycle applications.

When fully operational, the Singapore facility is expected to increase capacity by 50 per cent over a 2018 baseline.

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Ernesto Occhiello, executive vice-president, specialties, Sabic said: "Increased customer demand, especially in Asia, prompted the further capacity expansion plans."

"With the addition of Singapore, Sabic will be the only petrochemical company with the ability to produce the high heat resin in Asia, the Americas and Europe, a significant advantage for the company's customers."

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