SABIC launches new resin made with ocean-bound plastic waste


Saudi Arabia – LNP ELCRIN WF0061BiQ resin, developed by SABIC, is a novel material that uses ocean-bound polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles as a feed stream for chemical upcycling into polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin.

Mismanaged waste that originates within 30 miles (50 kilometers) of the coast and is likely to end up in the ocean is known as ocean-bound plastic. LNP ELCRIN WF0061BiQ resin is a potential candidate for consumer electronics applications such as computer fan housings, automotive seating, and electrical connectors and enclosures.

Performance characteristics

All LNP ELCRIN iQ materials can be used as drop-in replacements for traditional PBT, allowing manufacturers to improve end-product sustainability. SABIC’s proprietary upcycling technology, which involves repolymerizing ocean-bound PET into PBT, produces virgin-like performance characteristics.

The new LNP ELCRIN WF006XXPiQ and LNP ELCRIN WF0061XPiQ compounds from SABIC contain pre-consumer recycled glass fiber that was diverted from industrial waste streams. The circularity of these upcycled PBT materials is further enhanced by the use of recycled glass fiber. LNP ELCRIN iQ resins can be used for applications other than electrical and electronics components, such as automotive exterior parts, healthcare applications, and personal care products, thanks to the variety of formulations available.

SABIC not only develops environmentally friendly materials, but also develops new resins and compounds using environmentally friendly and safer chemistries, such as non-brominated/non-chlorinated flame retardants.