Sabic unveils green plastics for construction
Guangzhou, China, May 23, 2013
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) recently unveiled friendly plastic construction materials that are aesthetically pleasing yet practical at a leading plastics and rubber industries exhibition in China.
Titled Archi-Light Concept House, the themed exhibition was unveiled within Chinapas 2013 in the city of Guangzhou.
Built entirely using innovative, state-of-the-art materials all of which are exclusively produced by Sabic, the house provides a view into the home of the future in a new era of sustainable living.
“To put it very simply: China’s success is Sabic’s success. We share the Chinese government’s dream of quality urbanization in line with the 12th five-year plan,” said Khaled Al-Mana, executive vice president, Polymers, Sabic.
“Our investments in China and our portfolio of energy-efficient, sustainable materials underscore our commitment to providing solutions for the escalating urban energy demands, the transition to clean energy and the need for environmental conservation. Together with our partners and customers in China, we are confident of playing a keen role in helping to further improve the quality of life for Chinese citizens.”
On material innovation, Sabic collaborates with local research partners to create innovative and sustainable solutions that benefit China through world-class technologies and technical expertise.
“Propelling industries forward is something we can only do through strong partnerships and by building win-win relationships to help create solutions for a truly sustainable world,” said Keith Smith, executive vice president, Innovative Plastics, Sabic.
“Our efforts are focused on helping our customers and partners to work in new and better ways with us so that they can efficiently, reliably and sustainably meet the needs of China.”
Visitors to the Archi-Light Concept House will have the opportunity to experience in an immersive way, Sabic’s innovation in real-life, sustainable applications.
Forming the walls of the house, the virtually unbreakable Lexan Thermoclick sheet is mainly used in profile-free building facades, claddings and interior separation walls.
This material helps reduce transport and labor costs, facilitates easy and fast installation, enhances light penetration while providing excellent UV and fire resistance. Its smart connection system reduces the need for complex aluminum files and thereby potentially reduces installation costs, time and enhances aesthetics. The UV protected outer surface can offer long-term weatherability and its multiwall structure offers excellent thermal insulation.
The security glazing of the house is made with a coated Lexan Margard sheet. With its inherent high impact resistance, clarity and guaranteed durability, this material helps to maintain safety and a clear view in indoor applications.
Fifty per cent lighter and 250 times more impact resistant than glass, this is an excellent option for security glazing, a statement said.
It also offers excellent abrasion and UV resistance and is backed by limited warranty against breakage, yellowing, loss of light transmission and coating failure, it added.
The foam application of the Archi-Light Concept House makes use of Sabic LDPE Ultra Melt Strength (UMS), which incorporates high-performing Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) materials that provide a high insulating capacity for building applications and an outstanding shock-absorbing capability for packaging applications.
The pipes and fittings in the house are made of polypropylene (PP) random copolymer grade PP651H. It offers high molecular weight and special additive package, providing high heat stability and high extraction resistance for demanding pressure pipes applications, especially in the transportation of hot water up to boiling point.
Along with its lightweight characteristics, PP651H also provides the benefits of durability and resistance to corrosion.
These and many more innovative solutions are being showcased at the Archi-Light Concept House, which is open to all visitors to Chinaplas 2013 from May 20 to 23 at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex. – TradeArabia News Service
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