Sadara fosters robust regional downstream industryby Martin Menachery on Dec 4, 2016
Sadara Chemical Company participated in the 11th Annual GPCA Forum, which took place during November 27-29 in Dubai. Going with the theme of the event – Competitiveness: Riding New Waves – Sadara underscored its vision for the regional downstream industry in Saudi Arabia as well as the region.
Mohammad AlAzzaz, Director, Sadara Value Park, said, "Our game-changing vision will unlock opportunities that will support a more competitive and robust downstream manufacturing and conversion industry for Saudi Arabia that will have positive ripple effects on the region as a whole.”
“This vision is underpinned by Saudi Arabia’s significant competitive advantages that enable it to strive towards being the region’s leading supplier of specialty chemicals and plastics, including its vast hydrocarbon reserves, relatively low production costs, modern industrial infrastructure, strategic geographic position near the emerging markets, and a young and skilled force,” added AlAzzaz.
Fourteen of the 26 manufacturing units located in Sadara’s large industrial complex in Jubail Industrial City II, housing the only mixed-feed cracker in the GCC, will produce specialty chemicals and plastics, which were only available previously through imports to the Gulf region. This group of specialty products – with less than 1% of the region’s petrochemical products currently classified as specialty chemicals – will help transform the regional chemical industry overwhelmingly dominated by commodity products.
Specialty chemicals and plastics are building blocks for a wide range of manufacturing industries and applications with high demand and value-added potential, including oil and gas chemicals, consumer products, construction materials, automobile parts, specialty packaging, and many others.
The investment opportunities in PlasChem Park, the adjoining industrial park developed in collaboration with the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, which will house production facilities in the downstream manufacturing and conversion industries that can utilize the company’s specialty products and other feedstock to produce value-added end-user products, were promoted by Sadara’s team.