SABIC Innovative Plastics says that adding speciality PP to the site’s compounding capabilities enables it to provide a broader range of high-performance materials to its customers in North America and will help satisfy demand for speciality compounds, a market recovering fast from the recent downturn.

The percentage of PP compounds used in today’s cars is increasing, says Gregory A. Adams, vice president, Automotive, SABIC Innovative Plastics, and the Bay St. Louis facility is ideally located to quickly supply the company's customers in the NAFTA countries.

SABIC PP compounds are used for producing items such as bumper fascias, instrument panels, door panels, and interior trims. SABIC STAMAX long glass fibre reinforced PP materials are being used in components such as front-end modules, instrument panel carriers, door modules, tailgates and seating systems.