SABIC and KraussMaffei’s NETSTAL brand officially open thin-wall packaging application center in Switzerland

12 May 2021
SABIC and KraussMaffei’s NETSTAL brand officially open thin-wall packaging application center in Switzerland
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SABIC, specialised in the chemical industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its collaboration with KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG at the partner’s Thin-Wall Packaging Application Center in Näfels, Switzerland, the site of KraussMaffei’s Swiss subsidiary and manufacturer of high-performance injection molding systems known under the NETSTAL brand. The expanded Application Center was officially opened today in a virtual ceremony hosted by officials from both companies and attended online by customers, brand owners and other value chain partners. The Application Center will enable innovative application, material and processing solutions in the thin-wall packaging industry through closer collaboration across the segment’s entire value chain.

“This significant milestone underscores our continuous investment in innovation, collaboration and sustainability to help our customers achieve their goals and drive the industry forward,” said Abdullah Al-Otaibi, SABIC General Manager Engineering Thermoplastics Business & Market Solutions, Petrochemicals.

The Application Center will allow close engagement with customers and OEM’s proactively to strengthen collaborations in the Thin-Wall Packaging Industry. SABIC will be using the Application Center in collaboration with customers and third parties to develop material solutions that can add value in terms of enhanced mechanical performance, more efficient processability and greater sustainability value.

The NETSTAL injection molding portfolio for packaging applications can be further optimized as a result of improved material and process insights. “With the future knowledge gained from this valuable collaboration, we will further improve our injection molding technology in terms of usability, process control and performance. In addition, through the close branch exchange of our know-how, we will develop new processes for sustainable packaging solutions together with SABIC,” said Dr. Christina Härter, Head of Application Technology NETSTAL at KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG.

In addition to NETSTAL’s state-of-the-art injection molding, in-mold labeling and part handling capabilities, the Application Center provides advanced tooling and testing equipment. First new systems installed by SABIC include molding equipment designed to investigate injection compression molding options and test the mechanical properties of thin-wall packaging applications.

“We have a long history of innovation in thin-wall injection molding and welcome the collaboration with SABIC, who share our values of ideation and commitment to the further development of new process and material solutions in this important market segment,” commented Renzo Davatz, CEO of KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG. “Together, we will leverage our synergies to stimulate value chain interaction, identify new leads and help our customers succeed.”

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