Tecnicas Reunidas to build SABIC ABS plant in Saudi Arabia


Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) subsidiary Petrokemya has signed a SAR2.1bn ($556m) deal with Tecnicas Reunidas to build an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

The new plant, designed to produce electrical appliances for the automotive industry, will have a production capacity of up to 140,000tpa, reports Reuters.

ABS material combines the strength and rigidity of acrylonitrile and styrene polymers with the toughness of polybutadiene rubber.

In addition to toughness, ABS provides mechanical properties such as impact resistance, which can be further amplified by increasing the proportions of polybutadiene in relation to styrene and acrylonitrile.

By changing the proportions of components, ABS can be prepared in different grades, including categories for extrusion and injection moulding.

The new plant is expected to begin operations in the last quarter of 2014.

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