Materials: Heavy-Duty PP Panels

SABIC’s new offering for building & construction is based on Stamax long glass fiber PP.

The launch of heavy-duty panels from Houston-based SABIC is the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of Lexan Building Systems for the building & construction market. Based on Stamax long glass fiber reinforced PP (30% glass content), the new Stadeck panels are said to be extremely lightweight and to offer advantages across a wide range of construction applications and building techniques where weight saving is important.

Although low in weight, these panels’ innovative construction and design reportedly make them remarkably strong. Also claimed is great weather resistance and chemical resistance, along with anti-slip properties and excellent flame retardance. The Stadeck panels are certified by EU standard NEN-EN 12811-1 for  scaffolding applications. Other well-suited applications include: frame works decking, fencing, floodwalls, jetties, sheathing, and wheel chair ramps. Quick installation is said to make them suitable for such temporary applications as flooring at events and festivals.

Compared to standard wooden planks, Stadeck panels are more sustainable, due to their excellent recyclability and weight savings, which can be as much as 60%.  These panels also boast cost savings of up to 32%, along with significant handling advantages. A significantly longer life than wooden planks is also claimed for the both corrosion-free and moisture-resistant Stadeck panels. They can be produced in different colors like wood, stone and grass-variated colors and come in the following standard dimensions, although custom lengths can be supplied on request: gauge 55 mm (2.17 in.); width 230 mm (9.06 in.); and lengths of 3,000 mm (9.84 ft.) and 6,000 mm (19.69 ft.).