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SABIC, UAC, Borouge honoured with key GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards

by Martin Menachery on Mar 17, 2018


Winners on stage at the 8th GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards with Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun (fifth from left), secretary general, GPCA.
Winners on stage at the 8th GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards with Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun (fifth from left), secretary general, GPCA.

The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) announced the winners of the 8th GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards, sponsored by SABIC.

The award ceremony took place on 14 March 2018 at the Oberoi Hotel, Dubai, on the sidelines of the 9th GPCA PlastiCon and opened with a speech by Abdulrahman Al Fageeh, executive vice president, petrochemicals, SABIC.

SABIC and United Accredited Company (UAC) won the award in the ‘Joint Development or Improvements of a New Product, or Application – Resin Producer and Plastic Converter’ category for their PET FIBC (Polyethylene Terephthalate Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container) production start-up in Saudi Arabia. UAC will be the first producer of PET FIBCs in the world. This initiative illustrates how technology partnerships between resin producers, machine companies and converters create new business opportunities for the region.

Borouge was awarded in the ‘Innovative and New Plastic Products and Processes’ category for its AnteoTM-Borstar® Bimodal Terpolymer LLDPE. The technology is unique in combining smart catalyst design and a superior process (two-reactor system) with two comonomers giving superior flexibility in polymer design. SABIC also received a notable mention for the ‘Best Sustainability Initiative in the Plastics Conversion Industry’.

Meddad Abderrahmane from SABIC Plastic Applications Development Center (SPADC) was named the ‘Best Researcher in Plastics and Plastic Conversion’ for his work in polyolefin products development. The special student category award titled ‘Fikra: Rising Stars of the Plastics Industry’ went to Mousa Alqarni and Khaled Abdullah from King Saud University.

Commenting on the awards, Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, said: “Now in their 8th edition, the GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards provide the much needed recognition for individuals and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding performance and achievements in the areas of sustainability, product development, research and innovation across the entire polymer value chain.”

“For the fourth consecutive year, the awards featured a special student category: ‘Fikra: Rising Stars of the Plastics Industry’ competition. I congratulate all winners, particularly our young students, for demonstrating ingenuity in this highly competitive industry.”

The awards series received as many as 259 entries from both commercial and private sectors including organisations, students, suppliers and OEM manufacturers since its inception in 2011.


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