SABIC Europe Expands Use of Pavilion Technologies' Polymer Solution; Two Unipol Polypropylene Lines Are the 72nd and 73rd Improved by Pavilion's Software

PolyPropylene 2005 14th Annual World Congress
BRUSSELS, Belgium--()--Sept. 20, 2005--Pavilion Technologies, a world leader in advanced process control (APC) and environmental compliance solutions, announced today that SABIC Europe, the fourth-largest polyolefin producer in Europe, has expanded its use of Pavilion's polymer solution to two Unipol polypropylene lines. The award is based on the success of its first Pavilion project deployed in 2003 and a pilot of the new Pavilion8(TM) software. SABIC will leverage the new Pavilion8-based polymer control solution to maximize throughput. To date, Pavilion's polymer solutions have been deployed on 71 polymer lines and 91 reactors.

"To meet our goal of being number one in Europe, we continue to focus on increasing our capacity and reducing costs," said Achim Schempp, plant manager polypropylene, SABIC Europe. "Pavilion's polymer control solution has consistently helped us meet these key business objectives. Our expansion of the new Pavilion8-based applications to these two additional lines will further enhance our competitive position."

As part of their participation on Pavilion's Customer Advisory Council, SABIC secured early access to Pavilion8, Pavilion's new software suite for advanced process control, production performance management and compliance. Leveraging a service-oriented architecture, Pavilion8-based applications come pre-configured with production, cost and capacity performance metrics reducing the need for additional third-party software and the total cost of ownership for the customer. Pavilion8 enables SABIC to track at-a-glance application uptime and deviation of actual-to-plan for key production performance metrics. In addition, a production replay capability allows for quick troubleshooting and improved performance. Localized in German, Pavilion8's role-based interface allows managers to evaluate real-time plant performance from their office, avoiding off-line analysis and reporting delays.

SABIC Europe's Gelsenkirchen plants produce 500 KT of polypropylene annually through the operation of one Innovene Gas phase plant and two Unipol Gas phase plants. To increase production and enhance product quality, SABIC deployed Pavilion's polymer solution on the Innovene line in 2003. As a result of the project SABIC increased first class prime production by 4.5%, improved product consistency by 35%, decreased reactor variability by 30%, and reduced lab frequency by 50%. Based on its history of success, SABIC expects a return on investment for the two Unipol lines within some months.

"We are committed to delivering next generation products that meet the needs of our customers and help fortify their competitive position," said Ralph Carter, CEO, Pavilion Technologies. "SABIC's selection of our new Pavilion8-based polymer solution is an endorsement of our ability to deliver high-value products to our customers."

About Pavilion's Polymer Solution

With advanced process control applications operating at more polyolefin facilities than any other provider, Pavilion Technologies is the de facto standard in the industry. Deployed on every major process technology and on all major catalyst types, Pavilion APC solutions have an unrivaled track record of superior performance. Pavilion's polymer solution enables polymer producers to reduce variable costs, enhance product quality, increase production rate, and achieve environmental compliance. Polymer applications include reaction, extruder and silo control. Pavilion's polymer customers can flexibly respond to changing market demands in the face of increasingly higher operating costs, rising raw material costs and tougher competition. Pavilion's polymer APC solutions combined with the company's ValueFirst(TM) customer engagement process, yield higher return on investment and greater sustained value than any other supplier.

About SABIC Europe (www.sabic-europe.com)

Headquartered in Sittard (The Netherlands), SABIC Europe is a part of SABIC. SABIC is the largest petrochemical player in the Middle East, and the number 4 global player in polyolefins worldwide, producing almost 5 million tons of polyethylene, polypropylene per year. With an annual sales total of 6 million tons, SABIC Europe is a major chemicals and polymer supplier in Europe. SABIC Europe also harbours the sales organization in the European region for all SABIC products manufactured elsewhere in the world.

About Pavilion Technologies (www.pavtech.com)

Pavilion Technologies is the leading developer of advanced process control and environmental compliance solutions. Pavilion's ValueFirst(TM) customer relationship methodology aligns the company's people, products and processes to deliver rapid and recurring value for their customers. More than 350 leading companies worldwide, including ATOFINA, BP, Eastman Chemicals, Fonterra, Nestle and Weyerhaeuser depend on Pavilion's solutions to increase yield, enhance product quality, reduce variable costs and achieve environmental compliance each day. Pavilion Technologies is a privately held company based in Austin, Texas, with offices serving every region of the world.

Contacts

Schwartz Communications
Analisa Baker, 415-512-0770
pavilion@schwartz-pr.com

Contacts

Schwartz Communications
Analisa Baker, 415-512-0770
pavilion@schwartz-pr.com