Bergen op Zoom The Netherlands, November 5, 2015   The explosive use of smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices bring increasing demand of consumer preferences, creating an accelerating dynamic for designers and manufacturers to develop sleeker, durable and more functional offerings. With touchscreens getting bigger and bigger, dropping a phone or a tablet on a floor often ends with an unwanted crack on the screen. SABIC has introduced new LEXAN™ film solutions to help OEMs address consumer’s increasing demand for stronger screens that can help to protect the display from scratches and breakage.   SABIC’s new LEXAN OQ6DA film portfolio has been engineered to meet specific scratch resistance and impact performance requirements for consumer electronics making it an excellent candidate for flat touchscreens of smartphones and tablets as well as lenses for portable electronics, overlays and keypads. SABIC’s new material solutions – which are lightweight and virtually unbreakable – include either both or one side hard-coated polycarbonate sheeted films with excellent abrasion resistance and optical clarity.   “Polycarbonate technology is increasingly being adopted by various industries, especially consumer electronics, where it is replacing glass due to its lightweight and impact resistance,” said Alan Tsai, Director, Technology & Innovation, Displays and Electronics, of SABIC. “Polycarbonate touchscreens are a cutting-edge technology that is viable and available now for OEMs. They can use these materials today on their mass-market devices to cut weight by up to 50 percent in some cases, add value in the flexibility of design, and help improve shatter-resistance as well. SABIC continues to build upon our already strong know-how in polycarbonate technology by further investing in LEXAN film solutions to support our customers’ present and future needs.”   New Transparent Option for Touchscreen Designs: Light and Shatter- resistant   Compared to glass or glass-based screens available in the market today, SABIC’s new LEXAN OQ6DA film materials provide OEMs greater freedom to create lighter and tougher screens. Dual or single side hard-coated products offer 4H pencil hardness, providing excellent resistance to scratching, marring and abrasions. They are excellent candidates for die cutting, printing and metallization. Additionally, they provide excellent chemical resistance and more than 90% light transmission.   LEXAN OQ6DAW film offers low warpage. For flat lenses and keypads, the portfolio offers dual-coated LEXAN OQ8DA film with abrasion- and chemical- resistance and excellent printability and dual-coated LEXAN OQ6DA film with high pencil hardness and printability. For A covers with or without built-in lens, the portfolio offers LEXAN 6060 film with 3D formability, LEXAN HP92T film with 2.5D formability and high gloss. These products are available globally from SABIC. More information about SABIC’s range of film solutions for the consumer electronic industry can be found on the website     END NOTES TO EDITORS   • SABIC and brands marked with ™ are trademarks of SABIC or its subsidiaries or affiliates. • High-resolution photos are available upon request. • SABIC should be written in every instance in all uppercase.   ABOUT SABIC   Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks as the world’s third largest diversified chemical company. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and agri-nutrients.   SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 23.3 billion (US$ 6.2 billion) in 2014. Sales revenues for 2014 totaled SR 188.1 billion (US$ 50.2 billion). Total assets stood at SR 340 billion (US$ 90.7 billion) at the end of 2014.   SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Agri-Nutrients, Metals and Innovative Plastics. It has significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and North East Asia. The company operates in more than 50 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.   SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.   Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent publicly traded on the Saudi stock exchange.   PHOTO CAPTION   LEXAN OQ film (web)   Compared to glass or glass based screens available in the market today, SABIC’s new LEXAN OQ6DA film materials provide OEMs greater freedom to create lighter and tougher screens that are resistant to scratches and breaks by accidental drops onto the rough ground. Dual or single side hard-coated products offer 4H pencil hardness, providing excellent scratch- and chemical-resistance. They are excellent candidates for die cutting, metallization and printing.   SABIC Media Contacts Banu Kukner E: T: +31 (0) 164-29 1605