SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC manufactures and supplies engineering thermoplastics. The company's product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, sealants and adhesives, films, and sheets. Its products are used in automotive, bath and spa, electronics, healthcare, building and construction, packaging, textiles, transportation, and outdoor vehicles industries. It also provides color and aesthetics services. The company was formerly known as GE Plastics, Inc. and changed its name to SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC in September 2007. The company was founded in 1930 and is based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. SABIC Innovative Plastics US LLC operates as a subsi...
One Plastics Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Founded in 1930
SABIC's Innovative Plastics Business Introduced New Antimicrobial Compounds
Feb 25 13
SABIC's Innovative Plastics business has introduced new antimicrobial compounds to help medical device manufacturers reduce healthcare- acquired infections (HAIs) among patients and clinicians. The company's nine new antimicrobial compounds featuring silver technology have been tested for log reduction values-the level of microbes eliminated from a surface-according to the ISO 22196-2007 protocol. SABIC's portfolio comprises nine different antimicrobial grades across four product families: LEXAN EXL copolymer, LEXAN polycarbonate (PC) resin, XENOY PC/polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resin, and polypropylene (PP) resins with and without fiberglass reinforcement. Five grades have a high antimicrobial effect (log reduction value above 4, representing a 99.99+ percent reduction in pathogens) and four grades have a low antimicrobial effect (log reduction value below 4, representing a 99.0%-99.99% reduction in pathogens). According to SABIC, these options allow customers to select the appropriate formulation depending on whether the end product is a high- or low-touch application. These compounds leverage silver-based antimicrobial technology because silver is a proven performer, well suited to diverse applications and widely accepted as a broad-spectrum antimicrobial, with activity against many pathogens including gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, mold and fungus. Because they are formulated to be effective at the lowest concentration of silver, SABIC resins may also be more cost-effective than competitive products. SABIC's antimicrobial compounds are supported by its healthcare product policy, which gives customers confidence that these materials meet global standards for safety, are available in a consistently formulated supply, and have been pre-assessed for biocompatibility. Instead of mixing a third-party base resin with off-the-shelf concentrates, which can lead to inconsistent performance, SABIC says performs its own compounding using proven, high-performance resins and additive chemistries. The company says the benefits of SABIC compounding over concentrates include uniform distribution of the additive for better performance and less manufacturing waste. Leveraging multiple material characteristics-such as impact resistance, chemical resistance, custom colors and processability-and their interactions with the additive while controlling the compounding process enables SABIC to deliver highly specialized performance properties, such as the duration and strength of the antimicrobial. Potential applications include fluid and drug-delivery applications, surgical instruments, monitoring and imaging devices, and durable medical equipment such as hospital beds and operating tables.