Sabic, a global leader in the chemicals industry, announced the opening of its new Technology and Innovation Center dedicated to the caps and closures segment in Geleen, the Netherlands. Located in Sabic’s Global Technology Center for Europe on the Chemelot Campus, this investment is proof of SABIC’s commitment to the industry to develop new materials and technologies focused on caps and closures.
The opening ceremony of the new facility was led by Sergi Monros, Sabic Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions, Petrochemicals. The facility opening comes just a year after Sabic established its Caps & Closures industry segment organisation.
Monros pointed to the growing need for creative solutions that are sustainable, cost-efficient and compliant. These solutions are coupled with the increased number of regulations governing product safety and consumer well-being. “End-users are looking for convenience too, and we are always thinking about new ways to improve functionality.”
Sabic is pursuing cutting-edge technologies related to both new material development and to application testing. Polymers developed specifically for applications in this sector help enable, for example, lighter caps, and pumps and dispensing systems that are more efficient and easier to manufacture, all the while supporting customer efforts to improve overall sustainability.
The center includes facilities that allow Sabic to simulate the real-life performance of finished products. The dedicated research laboratory has equipment for testing material characteristics such as mechanical properties, dimensional stability and environmental stress cracking resistance (ESCR). Cap specimens can be produced in-house for performance testing for potential applications and for the development of improved products. There will also be capability for developing and testing new product designs.