SABIC has announced to showcase several innovative new material solutions well-suited for railway components at InnoTrans 2022 in Berlin from its Specialties and Functional Forms business divisions.
The joint exhibit at Booth 332 in Hall 5.1 will feature the company’s latest developments in halogen-free flame-retarded, light-weighting and more sustainable products with potential for use in injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and additive manufacturing of demanding interior and exterior railway applications.
The focus will be on seating and interior cladding components in compliance with strict Fire, Smoke & Toxicity (FST) standards in the railway industry.
Spearheading SABIC’s material innovations on display at the show, the Specialties team will present four new LNP FST copolymer resins that target train seating applications designed to meet EN 45545 R6-HL2.
The range includes an injection molding and an extrusion grade as well as a bio-based version of each with 55 percent renewable feedstock from crude tall oil and other waste products.
In addition, they exhibit excellent chemical resistance, which simplifies graffiti removal and regular cleaning without the risk of environmental stress cracking.
Beyond paint elimination, light-weighting and recyclability, the bio-based grades expand the sustainability benefits by mitigating fossil depletion and generating 33% lower carbon emissions vs. fossil counterparts, as validated in an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) CO2 equivalent analysis.
Another innovative polymer solution, new LEXAN™ sheet series H6700, H6800 and H6900, providing light weight, durability, aesthetics and compliancy to all major railway FST standards, including EN 45545-2, UIC 564-2, TB/T 3237, NFPA-130, DIN 5510-2 and NCD 1409. Well-suited for a wide range of large thermoformed railway interior applications, such as wall and seat claddings, kickboards, window frames, partition walls, lavatory modules and ceilings.
Extending the manufacturing options for customers in the railway industry, SABIC’s novel LNP THERMOCOMP™ AM DC0041XA51 compound opens a completely new and disruptive path to both interior and exterior rail components.
“Railway operators are constantly seeking new material solutions to meet the challenges of increasingly stringent safety and environmental regulations while reducing their cost of ownership and offering their passengers a more satisfying traveling experience,” says Marco Dalmino, Director, Customer Fulfillment EMEA of SABIC Specialties BU. “We are determined to deliver the state-of-the-art material technology to meet these needs at the forefront of the industry, helping our customers maximize the safety, sustainability, profitability and appeal of rail travel.”
SABIC will showcase its advanced new product solutions for the railway industry during InnoTrans 2022 from September 20 to 23 in Berlin, Germany, at Booth 332 in Hall 5.1.