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9th November 2018, Amsterdam

Sabic’s LNP brand celebrates 70 years

The LNP product line, part of Sabic and the company’s foremost brand for engineering thermoplastics, this year celebrates 70 years of successful operation. “Scientists and technologists behind the LNP portfolio continue to push the limits of technical performance, solving new challenges on a regular basis, while remaining committed to provide unique offerings and help create value for our customers,” said Joshua Chiaw, Director, Business Management, LNP, Sabic.

Today the LNP product line is a leading provider of innovative thermoplastic solutions across multiple industries, whether they be for light weighting in automotive, bio-compatibility in healthcare, flame retardance in electrical and electronics, or improved aesthetics in consumer products. “The LNP portfolio focuses on key growth markets, but it is no simple follower,” said Joshua. “We have also been instrumental in opening up new applications with a string of technical innovations over the years.”

Scientists and technologists behind the LNP portfolio continue to push the limits of technical performance. © Sabic

The era of reinforced thermoplastics was launched when the first fully dispersed short fibre reinforced compounds were introduced in the 1960s. In the 1980s, patented pultruded long fibre reinforced technology was added to open the age of LFRTs. Earlier, in the 1970s, the world’s first carbon fibre reinforced compounds were developed, in addition to the first statically conductive compounds. A year later EMI/RFI shielding compounds were launched and today the product line reflects important patents covering EMI/RFI shielding, in addition to several patents on wear resistance without the need for PTFE.

“But it’s not just that: success involves a blend of technology push and market pull. Innovations will go nowhere if they don’t meet a need. The LNP portfolio reflects a strong history of working closely with its customers to develop materials that meet their needs – and also showing customers that novel high-performance materials can sometimes meet a need they didn’t even know they had. It then stays with the customer to fulfil that need through product development and into commercial realization,” added Joshua.

“Our focus on the LNP portfolio over the years has had a major impact on the way that high performance thermoplastics compounds have developed. I don’t think any other compounder has shown the technical innovation that we have,” said Darpan Parikh, Global Product Management Leader, LNP, SABIC.

The LNP portfolio is now also leveraging a broad palette of Sabic polycarbonate copolymers. These copolymers are designed to offer unique value compared to general purpose polycarbonate and include resin portfolios with high heat resistance (XHT and CXT), low temperature ductility (EXL), superior flow and ductility (HFD), prolonged resistance to UV exposure for outdoor applications (SLX), transparent flame retardancy at thin gage (CFR), and excellent flame, smoke and toxicity properties for mass transportation (FST).

The LNP portfolio supports many industries, including consumer electronics, consumer and industrial, automotive, healthcare and mass transportations.

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