SABIC Opens New Technology and Innovation Center in the Netherlands
Pursuing cutting-edge technologies related to both new material development and to application testing
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 organization.
Strong focus on innovation-driven solutions
“With our dedicated organisation, we already have a strong focus on innovation-driven solutions to meet the changing market trends that our customers within this strategic segment are demanding,” says Monros. “This new state of the art facility will enable us to accelerate the pace by using market-leading materials and technologies aimed at a range of related applications – not only caps and closures, but also pumps, dispensing systems and other product delivery mechanisms for beverages, food and non-food applications.”
Monros points 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. “This new Caps & Closures Technology and Innovation Center will provide an environment where we can engage with our customers, strengthen our collaboration and ultimately deliver better solutions for the benefit of our consumers,” concludes Monros.
Chemical leaders choose Holland
One of Europe’s leading suppliers of chemical products and services, the Netherlands boasts more than 2,000 leading chemical companies located over 8 major chemical industrial clusters and covering the entire supply chain. In fact, 19 out of the 25 top chemical companies in the world maintain significant operations in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has proven to be a fertile ground for SABIC. It hosts SABIC’s European headquarters, two major European production sites, multiple Global Technology and Innovation Centers and continues to invest and grow.
SABIC is a public company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 70% of the company’s shares are owned by the Saudi Arabian government, with the remaining 30% publicly traded on the Saudi stock exchange. SABIC began in 1976 by Royal decree and today, the company has operations in over 50 countries with a global workforce of over 33,000 people.
Source: SABIC news release