Growing demand for LNP compounds in the Asia/Pacific region combined with flat growth in the North American market may result in the closing of Sabic's Thorndale, PA, plant, reports the Daily Local News. Sabic, which has its U.S. headquarters in Pittsfield, MA, took ownership of the plant when it bought GE Plastics in 2007.
"Sabic constantly evaluates our product offerings to ensure we continue to meet the needs and expectations of our customers," wrote Sabic in a company statement provided to the Daily Local News. "Over the past several years, Sabic's customer base, who purchase unique LNP compounds, is increasingly located in the Pacific, and this trend is expected to accelerate. These customers continue to request local production in the Pacific and shorter lead times to rapidly meet the constant demand for the latest consumer electronic devices."