• Recycling of materials into hygiene applications: Certified circular polymers from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio are used in recyclable hygiene film for feminine hygiene, baby care and disposable medical applications
  • High-purity recycled material can be adopted in downstream processes as a direct drop-in with no compromise in production efficiency and product performance
  • Value chain partnership between SABIC, Plastik Group and Drylock Technologies expands use of alternative feedstock in market segment of absorbent hygiene products; first product already launched in the market, and more to come

 SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced that Plastik Group, a major international manufacturer of films and bags for the hygiene market, is using certified circular polymers from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio in the production of specialty films designed for absorbent disposables offered by Drylock Technologies. Drylock has approved the use of these films for various absorbent hygiene applications, such as sanitary pads, panty liners, towels and diapers in feminine, baby and incontinence care.

“There is a global trend towards identifying solutions for single-use disposable absorbent hygiene products” says Abdullah Al-Otaibi, General Manager of Engineering Thermoplastic & Market Solutions at SABIC. “With our TRUCIRCLE™ initiative, we identified sustainable solutions for such challenges. Our value chain partnership with Plastik Group and Drylock can serve as a role model for making a difference. While it demonstrates a feasible route to more responsible, circular product solutions, it meets with our aims to increase efficiency and create value of used materials that would otherwise end up as waste in landfill sites or incineration plants.”

SABIC produces TRUCIRCLE™ certified circular polymers for its SABIC PURECARES™ polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) polymers portfolio with feedstock from advanced recycling of mixed and used plastic, which keeps valuable used plastic in the circular chain. Plastik Group uses PP and PE resins from this portfolio to create various innovative film materials for absorbent hygiene applications. Drylock has selected these films for manufacturing a range of new hygiene products that meet increased regulatory, brand owner and consumer demands for more responsible, lower-carbon and waste reducing solutions without compromising safety, purity and convenience. At the end of their service life, these hygiene products can be returned into the raw materials cycle for separation of components, cleaning and re-conversion to circular feedstock.

“We operate two manufacturing sites for hygiene films and bags accredited to mass balance accounting according to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS regime for tracing the circular or bio-based material content throughout the entire production chain,” states Cattaneo Gianangelo, President at Plastik Group. “Depending on customer specifications and technical requirements, the content of circular certified polymers from SABIC in our films can be raised all the way up to 100 percent, resulting in a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to conventional hygiene films.”

“Being a global leader in sustainable hygiene products means taking care of a lot of things, from vegan and cruelty-free solutions to maintaining our carbon neutral status,” adds Jules Van Malderen, Business Development Director at Drylock Technologies. “The substitution of standard virgin PE film by paper and film based on recycled PE is just one example. We will continue moving further into this direction, as fast and disruptive innovation is a part of our DNA, even more so when it comes to sustainability. After all, by our slogan we ‘Innovate to protect’.”

Absorbent hygiene application samples illustrating the benefits of this value chain collaboration will be featured during K 2022 from October 19 to 26 in Düsseldorf, Germany, at SABIC’s Booth D42 in Hall 6.

Drylock Technologies has approved the use of hygiene films from Plastik manufactured with certified circular polymers from SABIC’s TRUCIRCLE portfolio for various new absorbent hygiene applications, such as sanitary pads, panty liners, towels and diapers in feminine, baby and incontinence care. (Photo: Drylock)


Drylock Technologies Nv is a leading global producer of hygienic disposable products, with facilities in 7 countries and sales in over 55 countries, covering fields of babycare, feminine care and healthcare products. https://drylocktechnologies.com


PLASTIK Group is a leading international manufacturer of films and bags for the hygienic market and of other technical films for specific industrial sectors. It has three plants, two in Italy and one in Tunisia, the headquarter is near to Bergamo.

It’s a family owned group, with a total turnover more than 70 mln €, which can today relay on the experience and professionalism of 240 employees.

With its high competence, developed in more than 60 years of experience, it is a leader among the main operators in the hygienic market. 

Its ability to find solutions and offer excellent products in an ever changing market makes PLASTIK Group a reliable partner for the present and future of its customers. The mail markets are Europe and North Africa.

As Mr Cattaneo Gianangelo, our President, says: ‘ It’s the passion for our work that makes us partners of our customers and suppliers and pushes us to invest in people, R&D and technologies in order to guarantee products and services in line with the demands of an ever changing market. 



SABIC is a global diversified chemicals company, headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It manufactures on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals.

SABIC supports its customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end-use applications such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.

SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 23 billion (US$ 6.15 billion) in 2021. Sales revenues for 2021 totaled SR 174 billion (US$ 46.6 billion). Total assets stood at SR 318 billion (US$ 84.9 billion) at the end of 2021. Production in 2021 stood at 58 million metric tons.

The company has more than 31,000 employees worldwide and operates in around 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, SABIC has 10,090 patents and pending applications, and has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.


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