Pittsfield, MA, April 27, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- The company’s Mount Vernon, Ind., resin unit was recognized for significant manufacturing improvement after it redesigned its facility to simplify and optimize the resin purification process, leading to reduced use of steam and electrical energy. Additionally, the company’s plastics manufacturing plant in Selkirk, NY took the ACC “Exceptional Merit” designation for a recently installed steam turbine generator to capture energy that was previously lost during pressure reduction. These prestigious awards demonstrate SABIC Innovative Plastics’ strong, ongoing investment in sustainable practices to benefit the environment as a whole, communities where it operates and its customers.
“Sustainability is a strategic focus at SABIC Innovative Plastics that encompasses our products, our processes and our corporate philosophy,” said Mike Walsh, general manager operations, SABIC Innovative Plastics. “We are pleased to be recognized by our industry for achieving major, measurable reductions in energy usage and emissions. Mount Vernon and Selkirk represent just two of our many locations globally where we’re using the latest technologies to lower environmental impact while ensuring continued high quality and consistency of our products. We are committed to continuous improvement across our global organization.”
Cutting Energy and Emissions
SABIC Innovative Plastics’ resin purification improvements at its Mount Vernon facility cut electrical and steam-generated energy usage and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The new process utilizes three patented plate decanter separators, which allowed for the elimination of electrically driven centrifuge separators.
The company’s operations in Selkirk, NY reduced both energy and carbon dioxide emissions in 2010 with their new steam turbine generator. The turbine generates electricity from an existing steam flow and is integrated into the site’s distribution system.
The ACC Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program recognizes member companies that have made commendable achievements in improving energy efficiency and/or reducing greenhouse gases or other environmental impacts.
For additional information on SABIC Innovative Plastics’ sustainability efforts, please go to www.sabic-ip.com. For technical product inquiries, please contact us at www.sabic-ip.com/prtechinquiry.
About SABIC Innovative Plastics
SABIC Innovative Plastics is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with a 75-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, SABIC Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. SABIC Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).
About Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies, and is a global market leader in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene, advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers. SABIC manufactures with a global footprint in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with 33,000 employees worldwide. It has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, India and China. SABIC recorded a net income of SR 21.59 billion (US$ 5.73 billion) in 2010, and sales revenues totaled SR 152 billion (US$ 40.5 billion).
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