SABIC, Nottingham Spirk partner on thermoplastic products

SABIC Nottingham Spirk partner on thermoplastic products
John Nottingham, co-president and co-founder of Nottingham Spirk; Ernesto Occhiello, executive vice president of SABIC’s Specialties business unit; and John Spirk, co-president and co-founder of Nottingham Spirk at Nottingham Spirk’s offices.

Global chemical company SABIC is engaging with Nottingham Spirk, business innovation and product design firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, to develop products benefiting from high-performance materials. This relationship brings together the benefits of SABIC’s proprietary specialty thermoplastic offerings and Nottingham Spirk’s award-winning capabilities to design and commercialize breakthrough products across multiple industrial verticals.

“SABIC’s thermoplastics portfolio is renowned in many key industries such as automotive, aircraft and rail interiors, and electrical and electronics,” noted Ernesto Occhiello, executive vice president of SABIC’s Specialties business unit. “However, there is a tremendous opportunity for our high-performance materials – which offer unique combinations of thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties – to be used in end products that can shape the future of healthcare, consumer goods, energy, and electric vehicles, just to name a few. Working closely with Nottingham Spirk and taking part in their proven innovation process enables us to look at the entire value chain differently for fresh creative ideas that support our customers’ growth aspirations.”

“The more we learned about the capabilities of SABIC’s advanced portfolio of specialty thermoplastics to help solve really tough customer problems, the more inspired we were to start this collaboration,” said John Spirk, co-president, Nottingham Spirk. “The combination of SABIC’s diverse portfolio of material solutions along with our expertise in designing novel products that fill unmet end-user needs create an infinite number of exciting possibilities for business innovation.”

SABIC’s portfolio of high-performance thermoplastics and compounds includes:

• NORYL resin, a polyphenylene ether material with hydrolytic and dimensional stability, electrical insulation properties

• ULTEM resin, a polyetherimide material combining strength, rigidity, heat and chemical resistance, and hydrostability

• LNP compounds, a family of materials engineered to deliver structural performance, impact resistance, high aesthetic capabilities, flame resistance, conductivity or electrostatic dissipation, EMI shielding, thermal management, and other characteristics depending on application requirements

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