Global chemical company SABIC has launched a portfolio of bio-based resins, the company announced on 21 October.

The company said its new range of ULTEM resins was a drop-in material designed to replace current ULTEM materials in the consumer electronics, aerospace, automotive, and other industries.

Potential applications included mobile devices, car sensors and valves, airplane interiors and surgical devices and sterilisation trays in the healthcare sector.

For every 100 kg of ULTEM resin produced, SABIC said it replaced 25.5kg of fossil-based feedstocks with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil from the wood industry.

“Because these products perform in the same way and maintain the same regulatory listings – such as UL94 and FDA food contact – as traditional ULTEM resins, adjustments to product designs and manufacturing processes are not required,” Scott Fisher, director (Business Management) ULTEM Resins and Additives, SABIC, said.

SABIC said its bio-based ULTEM resins had the potential to reduce carbon footprint by up to 10% compared to fossil-based incumbent grades, giving the material the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification Plus (ISCC+) designation.

“The bio-based feedstocks used in the new ULTEM materials do not alter performance properties, which include long-term high-temperature performance, chemical resistance… mechanical and structural properties, dimensional and hydrolytic stability… processability and inherent flame retardance,” Greg Stoddard, director (Technology & Innovation) SABIC, said.

“Bio-based ULTEM grades can be considered as an alternative material to traditional ULTEM resins or sulfone polymers such as PSU, PESU and PPSU.”

SABIC’s bio-based ULTEM resins are available globally, with regional supply from Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.