SABIC: Polymershapes business goes to US company Blackfriars

SABIC: Polymershapes business goes to US company Blackfriars / Joint semi-finished products holding with Laird and Amari Plastics

 For a yet undisclosed amount but as early as the fourth quarter of 2016, Sabic (Riyadh / Saudi Arabia; plans to sell the semi-finished products business Polymershapes ( belonging to its subsidiary Sabic Innovative Plastics (Sabic IP) to investment company Blackfriars Corporation (Northbrook, Illinois / USA). This is what both enterprises have agreed now, according to news agency Reuters.

K News Green PointAccording to its own statement, Polymershapes is the world’s leading supplier of semi-finished plastics products. It mainly sells plastic sheet, rods, tubes and films in North America and Chile. The segment was created in 2001 when the former GE Plastics took over large parts of semi-finished products distributors Commercial Plastics and Cadillac Plastics and integrated them into the GE group (see of15.05.2001). For GE Plastics buyer Sabic, the division has never been part of its core business; consequently, it is now being sold in the course of Sabic IP’s liquidation (see of 09.10.2015).

Blackfriars is the investment vehicle of the Colburn family, whose billion dollar fortune originates from electrics and construction materials wholesaler Consolidated Electrical Distributors ( The Blackfriars portfolio also includes the renowned semi-finished plastics parts distributors Laird Plastics (Irving, Texas / USA; and Amari Plastics (Weybridge / UK; Amari Plastics, in turn, owns the well-known continental European semi-finished plastics parts distributor Vink (Zeist / The Netherlands;


SABIC: Polymershapes business goes to US company Blackfriars
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