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MENAFN Press - 20/12/2012

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(MENAFN Press) When Houston's new BBVA Compass Stadium opened this year, Houston Dynamo fans were welcomed with a brilliant display of the soccer team's distinctive orange brand featured on enclosed entrances with a vibrant shade of LEXAN„ THERMOCLICK„ sheet from SABIC's Innovative Plastics business.

This new, state-of-the-art, open-air stadium is the first U.S. stadium to utilize polycarbonate (PC) LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheet product for its enclosed entrance faade. Enhanced design freedom and a brilliant orange color provided by SABIC's 50-mm THERMOCLICK sheet made a major contribution to the unique style of the new urban stadium, which reflects the industrial heritage of its East Downtown location and the Dynamo brand.

The material's nine-wall configuration delivers a high level of thermal insulation for energy savings, and the 1,000-mm wide panels “ twice the width of traditional panels “ reduced installation time and labor to support tight construction budgets. The stadium is a new milestone in SABIC's three decades of success delivering state-of-the-art materials to help architects and designers achieve ever-higher levels of safety, durability and design excellence.

"We are very pleased to announce the latest expansion in the use of LEXAN sheet products, which have been chosen to create large and dramatic architectural glazing, roofing and faades in stadiums and arenas around the world," said Sandeep Dhawan, general manager Americas, Specialty Film & Sheet, SABIC's Innovative Plastics. "With the global spotlight on sustainability, our lightweight and versatile LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheets perform beautifully in a wide range of climates and conditions, helping improve energy conservation in large structures like stadiums."

A Winning Material Solution

For the 22,000-seat BBVA Compass stadium, which opened on May 12, 2012, the architectural firm Populus designed an exterior surface composed of geometrically expanded metal mesh and orange LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheet cladding. AmeriLux International LLC, SABIC's authorized distributor in United States and the country's exclusive distributor of 50mm
LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheet, provided the 1,000 mm wide panels used in the faade system which was designed and engineered by Duo-Gard Industries, Inc., of Canton, Mich.

"We're excited about the opportunity to share this exceptional SABIC product with the U.S. architectural community," said, Kurt Voss, chief executive officer, AmeriLux International LLC.

"LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheet has already sparked the interest of architects and designers all over the world and as demonstrated in the Houston stadium, it has great potential to be further utilized in the vast U.S. building and construction market."

LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheet system in 50-mm thickness provides the signature high impact resistance of LEXAN resin for safety, ultraviolet (UV) protection on the outer surface for weatherability, and good light transmission for a pleasant ambiance. This solution offers a superb U-value of 0.176 Btu/h t2 Fahrenheit (1.0W/m2 K) for thermal insulation, leading to energy savings by reducing power consumption up to 17 percent vs. traditional high-return, double-pane glass glazing.

With a specially designed V-joint connection profile, including a groove and smart snap design on both sides, LEXAN THERMOCLICK sheet's interconnecting configuration eliminates the need for vertical profiles, thereby reducing costs and enhancing aesthetics. Also, this new tongue-and-groove connection design provides high stiffness and low horizontal purling at larger spans.

Notes to EditorsBrands marked with „ are trademarks of SABICSABIC is a registered trademark of SABIC Holding Europe B.V.High-resolution photos are available upon requestSABIC should be written in every instance in all uppercase.About SABICSaudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world's top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world's market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 29.24 billion (US 7.80 billion) in 2011. Sales revenues for 2011 totaled SR 189.90 billion (US 50.64 billion). Total assets stood at SR 332.78 billion (US 88.74 billion) at the end of 2011.SABIC's businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries. About Innovative PlasticsSABIC's Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers' most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as automotive, electronics, building & construction, transportation, and healthcare. The company's extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. Innovative Plastics (www.sabic-ip.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).


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