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SABIC and TriForest Labware Develop 3L Fernbach Flask

With support from SABIC, TriForest Labware has developed a polycarbonate 3L Fernbach flask that the company says is the first of its size made using the injection blow molding process.

This new innovation enables enhanced safety within lab environments while also improving productivity during the culture sampling process. Unlike other plastic flasks of this size which are extrusion blow molded, the TriForest Labware 3L flask uses SABIC’s LEXAN™ HP resin which can deliver thicker walls and enhanced optical clarity, enabling real-time sample measurement similar to glass, but with greater durability.

SABIC works with with TriForest Labware to develop first-of-its-kind 3L Fernbach flask

“Developing innovative solutions that can improve safety and efficiency in laboratory environments is increasingly important to the healthcare industry, enabling reduced costs and faster results.  Working with TriForest Labware, we were able to develop a solution that helps answer these challenges, offering a meaningful alternative to traditional materials, which helps lab technicians culture samples with reduced risk of injury and enhanced ability to achieve real-time results. SABIC is committed to collaborating with OEMs to develop innovative technologies aimed at solving pertinent industry challenges,” said Cathleen Hess, Director of Healthcare Marketing for SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business.

Safety and efficiency with virtually unbreakable LEXAN resin

SABIC’s LEXAN HP resin used in the TriForest Labware 3L flask enables enhanced safety in both the transportation of lightweight flasks, as well as their use in the lab. One of the risks associated with a traditional material like glass is its potential to break during transport, posing a risk of injury to those handling the flasks. Additionally, because the 3L flask is made from LEXAN HP resin as opposed to glass, it is much less likely to break, thereby significantly lowering the risk of lab technicians being exposed to biohazardous materials that may be in the flask.

Efficiency in laboratory settings is another critical industry requirement met by TriForest Labware’s 3L flask.  Injection blow molding with LEXAN HP resin provides uniform, thicker walls enabling optical density measurement capabilities with limited pH shift. As a result of this new innovation, lab technicians can measure cultures within the closed system of the single flask accurately, increasing efficiency as the need to create smaller testing samples can be eliminated. Along with the benefit of real-time sample measurements enabled by these new flasks, the ability to withstand autoclave sterilization means the flasks can be reused multiple times, which can save costs.

“We’ve had a long and successful relationship with SABIC, and through our collaborative development process, we were able to identify a technology that would bring significant advantages to the healthcare industry and meet the rigorous needs of our customers,” said Syed Rehan, vice president, TriForest Labware. “Without the exceptional properties provided by LEXAN HP resin – optical clarity, impact resistance and the ability to be injection blow molded – we would not have been able to make this 3L Fernbach flask.”

Enabling Consistent Regulatory Compliance

SABIC’s LEXAN HP resin is among the more-than-50 high-tech healthcare materials covered by SABIC’s healthcare product policy, designed with the intent of supporting OEMs in achieving regulatory compliance for healthcare and pharmaceutical applications, saving both time and money. SABIC’s healthcare product policy gives customers confidence that its materials meet global standards for safety, are available in consistently formulated supply and have been pre-assessed for biocompatibility.

SABIC will be displaying the TriForest Labware 3L flask and numerous other innovative solutions for the healthcare industry during MD&M West from February 11-13, 2014, in Anaheim, California.


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

SABIC has announced its unaudited financial results with a net profit of SR 25.23 (US$ 6.73 billion) in 2013. Sales revenues for 2013 totaled SR 189 billion (US$ 50.4 billion). Total assets stood at SR 339 billion (US$ 90.4 billion) at the end of 2013.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 18 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India, China and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 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 held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

About Innovative Plastics

SABIC’s Innovative Plastics business is a leading, global supplier of engineering thermoplastics with an 80-year history of breakthrough solutions that solve its customers’ most pressing challenges. Today, Innovative Plastics is a multi-billion-dollar company with operations in more than 35 countries and approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. The company continues to lead the plastics industry with customer collaboration and continued investments in new polymer technologies, global application development, process technologies, and environmentally responsible solutions that serve diverse markets such as Healthcare, Transportation, Automotive, Electrical, Lighting and Consumer Electronics. The company’s extensive product portfolio includes thermoplastic resins, coatings, specialty compounds, film, and sheet. Innovative Plastics ( is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC).


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