Sabic ties up with Netsal for advancements in thinwall packaging

Sabic ties up with Netsal for advancements in thinwall packaging

Chemical firm Sabic has entered into a partnership with machinery maker KraussMaffei HighPerformance, KraussMaffei's Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of injection moulding systems known under the Netstal brand.

Besides the exchange of mutual know-how in the fields of polymer technology and processing, the aim of the partnership is the joint use and further advancement of the existing application centre for thinwall packaging at the Netsal plant in Näfels, Switzerland.

The official launch of the cooperation, which will focus on application, material and processing innovations in the thinwall packaging industry through collaboration across the segment's entire value chain, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

“This is a major investment in synergy for us,” states Sergi Monros, Sabic Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions, Petrochemicals. “Together with Netstal, we will bundle our expertise in polymer science and processing to enable new material and injection moulding solutions for the competitive edge of customers throughout the thinwall packaging industry and beyond.”

Sabic will be using the Innovation Centre to develop material solutions with potential for improving important properties, such as balance of stiffness, impact strength, cycle time reduction and sustainability.

The Innovation Centre will be fully equipped and expanded with advanced new development, processing, material and application testing facilities tailored to the needs of the packaging industry, including a dedicated laboratory for injection moulding and part performance evaluation.

“The joint application centre will help us accelerate the pace of innovation and respond to our customers’ needs for changing market trends,” adds Waleed Al Shalfan, Sabic Vice President Technology & Innovation for Polymers.


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