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SABIC's investment in Airborne will enable the development of automated manufacturing process – with enhanced yields, cycle times and system cost – for composites applications made with high performance UDMAX tapes.
SABIC's investment in Airborne will enable the development of automated manufacturing process – with enhanced yields, cycle times and system cost – for composites applications made with high performance UDMAX tapes.

SABIC, via its corporate venturing arm, has invested growth capital in composites specialist Airborne International B.V. (Airborne) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The financing round will contribute to Airborne's full automation and digitization of composite manufacturing of goods that require less weight and higher strength from an array of industries.

With this investment, SABIC joins a growth financing round by existing shareholders including Pangaea Ventures Fund III, L.P, HPE PRO Institutional Fund B.V, Participatiemaatschappii Innovation Quarter B.V. and Innovatiefonds Brabant B.V.

Continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite materials offer the potential to address the needs of light-weighting and durability in many markets. Combining its composite thermoplastic solutions and Airborne's know-how, SABIC aims to realize the mass production of lighter and stronger applications in a more cost effective way.

"This investment and collaboration with Airborne will enable SABIC to take the next step in the commercialization of thermoplastic composites and help our customers to develop unique lightweight applications," said Ernesto Occhiello, Executive Vice President Specialties Strategic Business Unit at SABIC.

Airborne is a specialist in the design, production and industrialization of advanced composite products for aerospace and marine sectors. With the new investment, Airborne will implement the digital infrastructure that will serve as a backbone for thermoplastic composite automation technologies.

"A radical increase of the level of automation and digitalization as well as the availability of information throughout the supply chain will be a crucial success factor in the composites industry," added Arno van Mourik, Founder and CEO of Airborne International.

"Joining forces with SABIC is an important step towards our new strategy becoming a frontrunner in automation and digitization of composite manufacturing. Attracting a preferred advanced chemicals supplier to invest in Airborne is a great confirmation of our strategy. We are very enthusiastic about the added value SABIC will bring to our company’s development and disruptive innovations."

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