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Announcements during opening Center Court at Brightlands campus

november 16, 2016

Center Court at Brightlands Chemelot Campus has officially been opened. During the opening celebration the following announcements were made.

  • New PP pilot plant enables SABIC to meet key industry needs
  • DSM-Niaga ready for commercial scale production of 100%-recyclable carpets

New PP pilot plant enables SABIC to meet key industry needs
SABIC will have a new pilot plant for development of next-generation polypropylenes on-stream in Sittard-Geleen, the Netherlands, by the end of March next year. The plant, which will use gas-phase polymerization technology, will support the production at SABIC’s nearby full-scale plants of superior materials that meet the needs of the different industries like automotive, pipe, appliances and advanced packaging.

The pilot plant is the latest in a series of investments being made by SABIC at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus. Lina Prada, Global PP Technology Director, says: “The pilot plant is a further demonstration of SABIC’s commitment to invest in innovation. When it starts up next year, we will have considerably more capacity to develop new PP materials for commercialization in our current European assets in Geleen and in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.”
SABIC is taking a fast-track approach to construction and installation of the pilot plant. It has contracted the work to Zeton, a leading designer and builder of innovative pilot and demonstration-scale plants with facilities in Enschede, the Netherlands and Burlington Ontario in Canada. Zeton has developed a skid-mounted system that accelerates implementation times and allows full design flexibility. Installation will begin in December after Zeton has built and tested the plant in Enschede before partially disassembling it into around 15 modules for delivery to Geleen.

SABIC is looking in particular to develop grades with improved stiffness/impact, flow properties and other specific secondary properties needed in different industries. SABIC plans to concentrate on development of impact grades of polypropylene, as well as random copolymers and homopolymers. It will also carry out experiments on advanced catalysts. The plant will complement pilot plants used by SABIC at other strategic locations, and supports the strategic innovation initiatives to address continuously evolving market needs.

New Niaga® technology makes carpet waste obsolete
DSM-Niaga today announces that its Niaga® technology is ready for commercial-scale production of recyclable carpets. All carpets made with this technology can be 100% recycled and made into new carpets of the same volume and quality, again and again. DSM-Niaga is a joint venture of DSM and start-up company Niaga. To boost innovation and the collaboration with the carpet industry, the company will extend its Niaga® Innovation Center activities and install its own Niaga® Technology carpet line in DSM’s Materials Center at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, as of January 2017.

Annually around 4.5 billion m2 of carpet, tiles and rugs has been fitted worldwide in buildings, cars, planes and many other interiors. Each year billions of kilograms of carpet are discarded as landfill or incinerated. For 40 years, the combination of many materials, including latex adhesive, has made it both technically difficult and economically uninteresting to attempt to recover materials for re-use.
DSM-Niaga is convinced that this innovation has the potential to radically improve the use of materials in the carpet industry and to be instrumental to the sustainable production and re-use of carpet material on a global scale.

The innovation center will serve the carpet industry to test and further develop the Niaga® Technology and expand their portfolios with more sustainable, reusable products. DSM-Niaga has the ambition to make the technology available for all carpet producers globally. Together with its strategic partner Lacom GmbH, a global leader in laminating and coating machines, DSM-Niaga has made machine sets fit for the Niaga® technology. These machines use up to 95% less energy than mainstream lamination processes and reduces water use to zero. Unlike a regular carpet, a carpet made with Niaga® Technology does not contain any latex, PVC or bitumen.

DSM-Niaga expects to benefit from its proximity to Center Court, partly because the DSM Innovation Center is one of the organizations located in this building.

Exhibition “Crossings”
In Center Court’s main hall Museumplein Limburg has built the exhibition “Crossings”. Here visitor of Center Court find innovative products from campus companies. The exhibition marks the start of a strategic collaboration between both organizations, in which Museumplein Limburg is an important gateway for Brightlands towards the general public.

Brightlands-hymne
During the opening event was the premiere of the Brightlands hymn, which was played for the first time by the philharmonic orchestra Philharmonie Zuidnederland. In musical fashion the importance of the Brightlands campuses for the economic development of the region is emphasized.
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