Sipchem announces the commercial operation of its Polybutylene Terephthalate Plant
Sunday, July 01, 2018
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With reference to the company announcement published on the Tadawul website on 21/04/2015, Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem) is pleased to announce that the Polybutylene Terephthalate Plant (PBT), owned by Sipchem Chemical Company, an affiliate of Sipchem, commenced commercial operations today July 01, 2018. The plant is located in Jubail Industrial City. The PBT plant performance tests were completed successfully ensuring efficiency, capacity and product quality. The financial impact of full commercial operations will be reflected in the company financial results as of the third quarter of 2018.
The total production capacity of the PBT Plant is 63,000 MT/year. PBT is a high specialty thermal engineering polymer used in many applications, such as for car manufacturing, electrical/electronic products, and engineering plastic.
On this occasion, Eng. Ahmad Al-Ohali, Chief Executive Officer of Sipchem, commented that the commercial operation of the PBT plant, the first of its kind in the Middle East, is an important step in Sipchem expansion and growth strategy. The addition of the PBT plant will allow Sipchem to further realize the benefit of its integrated package of products and will strengthen the added value chain.
The PBT plant uses Butanediol produced by International Diol Company (IDC), an affiliate of Sipchem, as a feed material for producing the PBT.
Sipchem owns 100% of the capital of Sipchem Chemical Company.