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Celanese and SABIC
Announce Polyacetal Expansion in Middle East
50,000 ton facility in the region to support future growth of
Advantaged raw material position to support Ibn Sina joint
venture and POM production
Celanese Corporation, a
leading, global chemical company, and Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) today announced their National Methanol
Co. (Ibn Sina) joint
venture will construct a 50,000 ton polyacetal (POM) production facility in Saudi
Arabia. The investment supports accelerated future growth plans
for Celanese's Advanced Engineered Materials segment,
specifically its Ticona Engineering Polymers business, as it
delivers innovative solutions for POM customers; and SABIC, in
support of its regional business development. Engineering and
construction of the facility is expected to begin later this
Construction of the facility is part of an extension of the Ibn
Sina joint venture, which will now run through 2032. Ibn Sina
produces methanol, a key feedstock for POM
production, as well as methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE). Through Ibn Sina, Celanese
strengthens its raw material and energy positions.
Celanese, SABIC and Duke Energy Corporation entered into the Ibn
Sina joint venture in 1981. Celanese and an affiliate of Duke
Energy each hold a 25 percent interest in the venture, with the
remaining 50 percent held by SABIC. Upon successful startup of
the POM facility, Celanese's economic interest in Ibn Sina will
increase from 25 percent to a total of 32.5 percent, providing
further financial benefits for Celanese. SABIC's economic
interest will remain unchanged. Over the past three years,
Celanese has received approximately $238 million in dividends
from the venture.
Total invested capital in
the project is expected to be approximately $400 million.
The engineering and
construction of the facility is expected to begin by 2011.
The facility is envisaged to go on-stream by 2013, using
methanol already being produced by IBN SINA. This represents
a key feedstock for the production of POM, an engineered
performance chemical product specifically used in automotive
industries as well as in mechanical and construction fields.
It also has many other industrial applications.
The new facility will
boost SABIC’s position in the performance
chemicals industry as an important part of its 2020 strategic
plan. It also provides wider prospects for the Saudi national
downstream industries to enter automotive and other advanced
technological achievements by developing advanced polypropylene
As a result of its commitment to innovation, Saudi Basic
Industries Corporation announces its development of a more
advanced technology for the manufacture of polypropylene. This is
generation catalyst which
can be used in several vital applications, the most important of
which are packaging, carpets, piping, and
This catalyst is a
technological breakthrough, being the first of its kind developed
in the Gulf and Middle East. Experiments conducted by SABIC at
its plants Saudi Arabia and Europe confirm the catalyst’s ability to provide impressive
results, making it superior to other catalysts currently used in
the same area. This discovery will contribute to increased
productivity, enhanced quality and new product development. It
opens many windows for possible future application.
The new catalyst has been applied commercially in the SABIC
affiliate, Saudi European
Petrochemical Company (IBN ZAHR), and has demonstrated superiority
over the previously used catalyst. By using the catalyst,
production reached nearly 30,000 tons of polypropylene as at end
of March 2010. This quantity was sold to local and international
Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO praised the
dedication of employees at the company’s Technology & Innovation
division, saying “Your efforts have yielded this
milestone, which is in line with the corporate goals and
strategic plans of strengthening our position among the world’s leading petrochemical companies.”
He continued, “I can assure you that SABIC
continues to improve its working environment in order to advance
innovation and creativity in all the company's sites around the
Mr. Al-Mady added, “This milestone reflects
constructive cooperation between SABIC’s different sectors working as an
integrated team. This will add economic value and strengthen
SABIC’s competitive position in the
polypropylene industry and further its long-term relationships
with its customers.”
SABIC, which is the
world’s sixth largest petrochemical
company, is also the world’s fourth largest producer of
Apr 3, 2010 Reuters
Saudi SABIC-Japan JV
starts output at expanded unit
Saudi Basic Industries Corp 2010.SE (SABIC) said it started on
April 1 commercial production at a 2.8 million tonne expansion of
a petrochemical joint-venture with Japanese partners including
In a statement posted on the bourse website, SABIC -- the world's
biggest chemical firm by market value -- said the third expansion
phase of Sharq would bring the overall capacity of the complex to
5 million tonnes per year.
Sharq is a joint venture equally owned by SABIC and SPDC Ltd, a
Japanese consortium led by the government of Japan and a
consortium of companies led by Mitsubishi.
April 20, 2010 U.S.-Saudi
Arabian Business Council
SABIC Plans Iron and Steel Plant in Jubail Industrial City
SABIC has announced that it will build a new iron and steel plant
with an annual capacity of one million tons in Jubail Industrial
SABIC increased its iron
and steel production by 7 percent and captured 62 percent of the
local market in the first quarter of 2010. A recent 35 percent
rise in steel prices to $187 (SR700) per ton may make the venture
even more profitable.
SABIC signs agreement
with KAUST to launch new research and innovation center
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) signed today a long-term
research and innovation agreement with King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (KAUST). The agreement calls for the
construction of the SABIC Research and Innovation Center at University campus,
scheduled to begin
operations in 2012.
The agreement, signed on
behalf of SABIC by Dr. Abdulrahman bin Saleh Al-Ubaid, Executive
Vice President, Technology and Innovation, and on behalf of KAUST
by Dr. Mohamed Samaha, Senior Vice President for Economic &
Technology Development, creates the framework whereby SABIC
provides construction funding for the SABIC Research
Center, as well as support for research on the jointly agreed
industry/academic projects to be undertaken there.
HH Prince Saud bin
Abdullah bin Thenayan Al Saud, Chairman of the Royal Commission
of Jubail and Yanbu and SABIC Chairman, expressed his pride in
the cooperation and noted that the long-term investment would
bring excellent returns at both the scientific and economic
levels - and show strong leadership in innovation that leads to
economic development both domestically and globally.
Mohamed H. Al-Mady, SABIC
Vice Chairman and CEO, commented on the agreement saying that
cooperation between SABIC and KAUST would lead to many
innovations and technical solutions that serve the industrial
sectors in Saudi Arabia, the region and the world. He noted that
the long-term cooperation with KAUST would also launch creative
careers in research and technical fields and further strengthen
SABIC’s leader position in technology
and innovation fields for years to come.
Professor Choon Fong Shih, said, “From its early commitment as a
founding member of our Industrial Collaboration Program, SABIC
has demonstrated its understanding of KAUST’s unique capabilities which enable
us to build synergies among research, education, innovation and
enterprise, as well as to harness science and technology to
address global challenges of our time - for the benefit of the
Kingdom and beyond.”
SABIC joins a number of
international institutions partnering with KAUST to support
education and economic development through scientific innovation
that will, over time, deliver advances conforming with the vision
of the University’s founder, Custodian of the Two
Holy Mosques, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Center for Research and Innovation will work to strengthen the
collaboration and innovative goals shared by SABIC and KAUST, and
employ between 100 and 150 scientists on research and technology
projects, especially in the areas of catalysis,
composites and membranes.
When completed, it
will join two other technical centers now being developed in Shanghai (China)
and Bangalore (India) as part of a global network
numbering sixteen research centers.
The signing of the
agreement happened simultaneously with the start of a two-day
global technology leadership review at KAUST. Technology leaders
from Saudi Arabia, Europe, America and Asia reviewed the research
centers and capabilities at KAUST, especially in the field of
Global Application Technology
Processing Development Center
Zoom, the Netherlands
August 29, 2010
Sabic Signs Technology
Licensing Agreement With Germany’s Lurgi
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), announced Sunday that
it has signed an agreement with Lurgi GmbH, a German firm, for
the technology licensing and engineering that will allow SABIC to
produce oleo-chemicals at its affiliate, Saudi Kayan
Petrochemical Company (Saudi Kayan), following the completion of new
facilities to be constructed in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
Start up of the new production line is planned for the end of
2013 and will utilize renewable feedstock technology. “The feedstock used for this
process is based on natural raw materials from renewable oils
such as palm kernel oil and coconut oil. The use of renewable feedstock is
part of SABIC’s overall commitment to
sustainability and strong corporate citizenship,”
Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation,
“SABIC’s diversification into
oleo-chemical products is in line with the company’s strategy and drive to increase
its performance chemicals portfolio. SABIC’s expansion of the ethylene oxide
derivatives business, with particular emphasis on ethoxylate
surfactants, will further be strengthened through backward
integration into natural fatty alcohols.”
oleo-chemical plant will be the first of its type in the Middle
East and includes an upstream natural acid unit, a
wax-ester unit, a hydrogenation unit, a downstream natural
alcohol fractionation and distillation line, as well as a
complete glycerin line. The complex will be designed for
the production of 83,000 tons per year of distilled
natural alcohols of
various compositions that are commonly used in household and
laundry products, plasticizers, lube additives, plastic
industries, cosmetics and personal care. Glycerin is used in food
and beverage processing, personal care, pharmaceuticals and other
Saudi Kayan, China's Sinopec sign
natural alcohols plant deal
Saudi Kayan Petrochemical Co has signed a Saudi riyal (SR) 488m ($130.1m,
€90.0m) contract with China's Sinopec Engineering Inc for the construction
of a distilled natural alcohols plant at Al-Jubail in Saudi Arabia, Saudi
Kayan said on Tuesday.
The plant will have a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year and should be
operational by the second half of 2013, added Saudi Kayan, which is
35%-owned by Saudi major SABIC.
Sinopec Engineering Inc, part of integrated petroleum and petrochemical
company Sinopec, will supply detailed engineering and equipment and carry
out the construction of the plant, Saudi Kayan said.
The plant, which will be the first of its kind in the Middle East, will meet
part of SABIC's commitment to diversify into oleochemicals using renewable
feedstocks and increase its performance chemicals portfolio, it added.
The renewable feedstocks process will be based on natural raw materials from
renewable oils such as palm kernel oil and coconut oil.
Distilled natural alcohols are used in household and laundry products,
plasticisers, lube additives, plastic industries, cosmetics and personal
SABIC and ExxonMobil
Elastomers Project joint venture moves into FEED stage
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil Chemical
announced that work on their proposed elastomers project joint
venture has moved fully into Front-End Engineering and Design
SABIC and ExxonMobil have
selected Jubail Industrial City as the site for the new
manufacturing units following a comprehensive evaluation of a
number of variables, including integration
opportunities with their existing petrochemical joint venture at
determine the best location for producing these specialty
plans would establish a domestic supply of more than 400 KTA of
rubber, thermoplastic specialty polymers (EPDM/TPE, TPO, Butyl,
SBR/PBR) and carbon black to serve emerging local and
international markets in Asia and the Middle East. The project
also includes a vocational training institute and product
application development and support center, which is aligned with
Saudi Arabia’s National
Industrial Clusters Development Program to grow and diversify the
Kingdom's manufacturing sector.
has reached the optimal industrial layout with the move to
Jubail. During FEED both partners, SABIC and ExxonMobil, are
targeting development of a globally competitive project with
best-in-class industry cost.
Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP)”（国家産業クラスター開発計画庁）を設立し、海外企業の進出支援に力を入れています。
SABIC and ExxonMobil
Chemical award contracts, sign technology agreements for proposed
new elastomers project
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) and affiliates of ExxonMobil Chemical
announced that Front-End
Engineering Design (FEED) contracts were awarded and that all
components are in FEED phase for the proposed new elastomers
project at their Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (KEMYA)* joint
venture petrochemical plant.
FEED contracts were
awarded to Jacobs Engineering Inc. and Mitsui
Engineering & Shipbuilding for process units and to Fluor
Transworld Services Inc. for associated support facilities.
elastomers project will be the basis for the creation of a
world-class rubber value chain in Saudi Arabia and a valuable
extension of our offering of products and services to our
customers in key markets," said Koos van Haasteren, SABIC
executive vice president, Performance Chemicals.
addition to supporting local industry, the expansion at the KEMYA
joint venture in Al-Jubail would provide additional new capacity
of butyl rubber and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)
specialty elastomers to meet the growing global demand for these
products,” said Neil Chapman, senior vice
president, Polymers, ExxonMobil Chemical Company.
The project is expected
to establish a domestic supply of more than 400,000
metric tons of rubber[butyl, styrene butadiene rubber (SBR),
butadiene rubber (BR) and EPDM], thermoplastic specialty polymers
and carbon black
to serve emerging local and international markets in Asia and the
Middle East. The project also includes the establishment of a
vocational training center and product application development
and support center, aligned with Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Clusters
Development Program to grow and diversify the manufacturing
sector in Saudi Arabia.
agreements have been signed with Continental Carbon Company for its
carbon black production technology and with The Goodyear Tire
& Rubber Company for its SBR and polybutadiene rubber
The University of Akron
Research Foundation was selected to design, train and support the
vocational training center, The High Institute for Elastomer
Industries* , in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
The training center
will utilize the University's expertise in polymer science and
education to provide elastomers technology vocational training
for workers to support a planned downstream elastomers conversion
industry in Saudi Arabia.
Additionally, a separate
product application development and support center will be part
of the new SABIC facilities at the Riyadh Techno Valley research
complex at King Saud University.
The final decision to
implement the elastomers project requires the approval of KEMYA’s Board of Directors.
SABIC and ExxonMobil’s joint venture KEMYA signs
agreements with Continental Carbon to furnish licensed technology
and market part production
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) and ExxonMobil Corporation’s 50/50 joint-venture partner,
Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company (KEMYA), signed a long-term
technology licensing agreement with Continental
for its production technology related to the construction and
operation of a new greenfield carbon black
KEMYA’s petrochemical complex at
Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
KEMYA and Continental
Carbon Company have also signed a long-term
product off-take agreement in addition to the technology license. Under terms of the agreement,
Continental Carbon will market part of the production of the new
KEMYA carbon black plant to serve the local and international
Company is one of the world’s prominent carbon black
manufacturers and its production technology has been successfully
demonstrated in operating plants all over the world. Continental
Carbon also has relationships with customers globally, making it
well-positioned to market the KEMYA carbon black. Continental
Carbon continues to grow its carbon black business globally,
including this venture with respected leaders in the chemical
The final decision to
implement the carbon black project requires the approval of KEMYA’s Board of Directors.
SABIC and Sinopec invest
in polycarbonate plant with 260 kilo metric tonnes capacity in
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) and China Petroleum & Chemical
Corporation (Sinopec Corp.) today announced a memorandum of
understanding (MOU) to collaborate on polycarbonate
production in China.
This new agreement will
add to SABIC’s joint-venture with Sinopec, SSTPC (Sinopec
SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Company). A joint investment between both
companies will fund a new polycarbonate production plant with an
annual capacity for 260 kilo metric tonnes.
Fully operational since
2010, Tianjin-based SSTPC (a 50:50 JV and established in October,
2009) produces various petrochemical products, including
Ethylene, Polyethylene, Ethylene Glycol, Polypropylene,
Butadiene, Phenol and Butene-1, among others.
Gasoline Hydrogenation 65万トン
HDPE 30万トン（INEOS Innovene
PP 45万トン（LyondellBasell Spherizone
The new polycarbonate
production plant will be located in SSTPC and is expected to be
operational by 2015. It will leverage SABIC’s world-class advanced
polycarbonate technology using phosgene and
Dichloromethane 塩化メチレンfree process. The performance properties of
purity, transparency and continuous process will bring local PC
resin capabilities to a diverse customer base in China.
Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics), Bayer, Asahi/Chi
Mei and Mitsubishi Chemical/Mitsubishi Gas Chemical have independently
developed and are using non-phosgene processes. In addition,
Teijin and LG are also developing phosgene-free routes.
They all take the same overall
approach where polymerisation relies on the
transesterification エステル交換反応 of DPC with BPA.
Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC
Vice Chairman and CEO, said: “This new and exciting milestone is
a strong endorsement of our partnership with Sinopec.
Today’s announcement will strategically
position both companies as world-class producers of essential
petrochemical supplies to meet increasing global demands for
customers in China. Importantly, this agreement has set the stage
for further growth in high-performance engineered thermoplastics.”
Wang Tianpu, Vice
Chairman and CEO of Sinopec said: “Sinopec’s agreement on polycarbonate
collaboration is another fruition of the deep and productive
partnership with SABIC. Our partnership with SABIC is a good
showcase of the close trade ties between China and Saudi Arabia.
This investment plays critical role in perfecting our value chain
and in enhancing our competitiveness. The project will drive
local economic development, satisfy growing demands for
polycarbonate in Asia Pacific and has significant importance to
Chinese Petrochemical industry and local industry in Tianjin.”
Polycarbonate is an
essential plastic used for producing components for automotive
parts, compact discs, and a variety of consumer products as well
as other industrial components.
Today, SABIC in Asia has
seen strong double digit growth, with 41 offices, 10
manufacturing sites and 5 Technology & Innovation Centers
across 13 key Asian markets servicing a portfolio of customers
across diverse industries.
SABIC Accelerates Growth
in Asia with Key Investments in Polycarbonate and new Technology
& Innovation Centers
New investments reflect Asia as
the fastest-growing region for SABIC globally
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) today reiterated its commitment to growing its
presence in Asia
with new investments of two Technology & Innovation
Centers in China and India, and a new project to produce polycarbonate (PC)
SABIC Chairman, His
Highness Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thenayan Al-Saud commented
from Guangzhou, Guangdong, “These new investments reflect
SABIC’s dedication to further expand our
home market in Asia and highlights the importance we attach to
our customers, partners and employees. In addition to these
investments, SABIC is constantly improving assets, expanding
offices across Asia, exploring other opportunities, and seeking
new partnerships.” Prince Saud is currently visiting
China for a series of high-level meetings with officials from the
private and public sectors and supporting SABIC’s participation in Chinaplas 2011.
Asia is SABIC's fastest
growing region with strong double digit growth since its
establishment in 1985 and it has clearly become the most
important engines of growth for SABIC globally.
strong presence in Asia reflects our ambition to be the preferred
petrochemical supplier in this important region. SABIC has
embarked on a series of infrastructure expansions as part of our
growth plans here. These include our offices, manufacturing and
Technology & Innovation operations across 13 key markets,
supported by 2,000 employees. Our focus remains on helping our
customers create products that would improve the quality of life
around the world,” said Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC Vice
Chairman and CEO, at a media conference held alongside Chinaplas
Commitment to local
A key milestone of these new investments is the signing of a
memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sinopec to collaborate on
PC production with an annual capacity of 260 kilo metric tonnes
in China. The new PC production plant will be located in
Tianjin-based SSTPC (SINOPEC SABIC Tianjin Petrochemical Company)
and is expected to be operational by 2015.
This MOU further
strengthens SABIC’s partnership with SINOPEC, which
started in October 2009 with the establishment of SSTPC. Fully
operational since 2010, SSTPC produces key petrochemical products
to customers across diverse industries in China.
Expanding T&I and operations
SABIC is strengthening its presence in the regions with two
upcoming Technology and Innovation
strategically located in China and India.
T&I centre in Shanghai, China will house the new Greater
China Regional Headquarters (RHQ) occupying 60,000 sqm.
This Centre will
oversee regional operations, sales and marketing, and
spearhead research and development of new and innovative
petrochemical products for Asia.
While the T&I centre
187,000 sqm focuses on diverse areas of research. Both centres
are expected to be operational in 2013.
SABIC signs technology
agreement with Montefibre for fully integrated world scale carbon
fiber project in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Basic Industries
Corporation (SABIC) announced today that it has signed a
technology agreement with Montefibre S.p.A (Montefibre) granting SABIC and
its affiliates an extensive international licence on carbon fiber
developed by Montefibre. SABIC will first use the technology for a new carbon fiber
plant to be built in Saudi Arabia. This plant demonstrates how SABIC
continues to add innovative new specialty products to its
offering. It will enable SABIC to serve the growing demand for
carbon fiber and composites in such fast-growing markets as
alternative energy, transportation and infrastructure.
SABIC and Montefibre also
signed a Memorandum of Understanding
for the companies
to study the feasibility of a new carbon fiber production
plant in Spain to be integrated into Montefibre’s existing acrylic fiber
thus allowing SABIC to accelerate product development and
material qualification activities with customers and end-users.
Once complete, the carbon
fiber project is expected to establish a domestic supply of more
3,000 metric tons
of industrial grade carbon fiber to serve emerging local markets
in the Middle East as well as international markets.
Commenting on SABIC’s commitment to enter the carbon
fiber market, Koos van Haasteren, Executive Vice President,
Performance Chemicals, said, “This carbon fiber project will be
the basis for the creation of a world-class carbon composites
value chain in Saudi Arabia and a valuable extension of our
offering of innovative products and services to our customers in
key markets. We are looking forward to developing many new and
exciting applications as we grow our ability to supply
competitive industrial grade carbon fiber products.”
Commenting on SABIC’s decision, Emilio Boriolo,
Montefibre President and CEO, added “We are very proud of this
opportunity of technical partnership with SABIC. Montefibre will
bring in its experience and enthusiasm to help SABIC reach its
ambitious goals. I wish that the success of this
initiative will result in further collaboration between our
The project will also
include the creation of a new carbon fiber product development
center and composite plastics application development
capabilities at the SABIC Plastics Application Development Center
(SPADC) which is currently under construction at the Riyadh
Techno Valley research complex at King Saud University. Both the
carbon fiber production plant and the SPADC capabilities are
aligned with Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Clusters
Development Program to grow and diversify the manufacturing
sector in Saudi Arabia.
Derek Buckmaster, General
Manager Functional Polymers, also highlighted: “Carbon fiber is a product which
will offer our customers great value and will enable them to
achieve their sustainability targets. For example, reductions in
greenhouse gas emissions in transportation markets such as
automotive, heavy trucks and rail are enabled by weight
reductions from utilizing lightweight carbon fiber composites.”
He further noted that the
fibers and derivatives introduced by this project will allow
SABIC to serve growing markets for traditional thermoset-based
composites, and also enable SABIC to utilize its deep expertise
in thermoplastic technologies to develop a broader range of short
cycle-time composite solutions-all of which promotes the use of
carbon fiber composites in applications that have not been able
to benefit from the intrinsic strengths of carbon fiber
Jilin Qifeng Chemical Fiber (吉林奇峰化繊)との50/50ＪＶのJilin Jimont Acrylic Fiberで年産100千トン
September 8, 2011 European Plastic News
Sabic takes share in German auto firm Inpro
Plastics materials supplier Sabic is becoming a shareholder in
Inpro, a German automotive
technology and innovation company, the two companies announced at a
briefing in Berlin Wednesday.
Sabic VP Automotive Greg Adams said the full agreement should be effectively
closed “sometime in October”, while a joint communication says it will
officially close before the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval.
The other shareholders in Inpro are automotive OEMs
Daimler and Volkswagen, electrical and electronics company
Siemens, steel company ThyssenKrupp and the
federal German state of Berlin.
Plastics and paint materials supplier BASF was a
shareholder in Inpro - through BASF Coatings - from 2001 until the end of 2010.
IWKA group, which owns robotic specialist company Kuka, has also been a past
shareholder in Inpro.
Inpro helped BASF develop back-moulded painted film mouldings that match painted
steel bodywork. In 2008, this technique was applied to the black thermoplastic
injection moulded roof element, made by Decoma, between the windscreen and roof
opening of the VW Passat CC car.
Inpro’s projects have also included optimisation of online painting process
chains and simulation of sheet metal forming.
Günter Walz, a vice president at Mercedes-Benz, represents Daimler on the Inpro
supervisory board, and at the briefing he welcomed Sabic as shareholder,
highlighting the company’s involvement in glazing and lightweight composite
Walz told European Plastics News that a lack of simulation software for carbon
fibre composites has limited the wider use of it in cars. Also, the automotive
industry would prefer the cycle time for epoxide resins cut to several seconds,
rather than minutes.
Although stakeholder ThyssenKrupp did not attend the Berlin briefing, a
statement in connection with the event noted the potential for “R&D in
plastic/metal hybrid components” through Sabic’s shareholding in Inpro.
Inpro was established in 1983, when BMW and Berlin
Technical University were among the founding shareholders. The company has
around 100 employees today and public records show €5.9m turnover in 2010,
compared with a peak level of €7.4m in 2008. 2010 turnover was made up of €4.7m
for joint Inpro partner projects, €1.4m for direct contracts and €0.972m for
projects supported by public funds.
At the Berlin briefing, Inpro managing director Gerd Eßer said that the
accumulated value of development work performed by Inpro has amounted to €170m
since the company was founded.
Eßer said that projects are now very much focused on electro-mobility and new
automotive drive systems such as batteries and fuel cells.
Walz rejected a suggestion that the announcement the previous week of an
exclusive development co-operation between Daimler and BASF on the Smart
Forvision car could conflict with Sabic and Daimler’s involvement as Inpro
He added: “Partner projects will only involve those things that do not mean
competitive disadvantage in innovation platforms. It is more about opportunity
Finally, Adams stressed that Sabic is widening its already wide plastics product
portfolio beyond its traditional engineering thermoplastics and polyolefin
materials. The company is now looking at new acrylic, carbon fibre composite and
PLASTICS: SABIC Buys into Germany's Inpro
From Europe this morning comes news that
Saudi Arabia-based SABIC has agreed to become a stakeholder in German
automotive technology specialist Inpro. PRW.com reports that at a
briefing held in Berlin yesterday, SABIC's v-p of automotive, Greg
Adams, said an agreement should be concluded sometime in October,
although a joint communication stated it would be concluded before
Both Daimler and
Volkswagen are also shareholders in Impro, along with Siemens and
ThyssenKrupp and the German State of Berlin. It would appear that
SABIC's involvement in the firm is aimed at development of
carbon fiber composites and research into
plastic/metal hybrid components. According to PRW.com, Gunter
Walz, a v-p at Mercedes-Benz that represents Daimler on the Inpro
supervisory board, highlighted SABIC's involvement in automotive
glazing and lightweight composite solutions. Walz is reported to have
told European Plastics News that a lack of simulation software
for carbon fiber composites has limited wider use of the material in
While a representative of
ThyssenKrupp did not attend the briefing, the company provided a
briefing note that highlighted the potential for R&D in plastic/metal
Inpro Managing Director Gerd Eßer
told attendees that current projects are highly focused on
electro-mobility and new automotive drive systems such as batteries and
At the briefing, SABIC's Adams
emphasized that his company is widening its already wide plastics
product portfolio beyond its traditional engineering thermoplastics and
polyolefin materials and now looking at acrylic - carbon fiber composite
and elastomeric materials.
Indeed, last April SABIC, Asahi Kasei
Chemicals Corp., and Mitsubishi Corp. announced they had signed an
agreement to form a joint venture to manufacture acrylonitrile (AN) and
sodium cyanide (NaCN). The j-v company, operating as
Saudi Japanese Acrylonitrile Co., will
construct manufacturing facilities at Jubail Industrial City in Saudi
Arabia with each of the partners handling their respective sales and
Commenting on that project at the
time, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO Mohamed Al-Mady said, “"A key driver
for the project is Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Clusters
Development Program aimed at growing and diversifying the Kingdom's
manufacturing sector.” He also noted that “AN and NaCN are very
important chemicals for downstream diversification into Acrylonitrile
Butadiene Styrene (ABS), Carbon Fiber, Acrylic Fiber, Acrylamide and
others which serve various industries such as automotive, construction,
water treatment, oil recovery, personal care, consumer goods,
pharmaceuticals, electronics, gold mining and many others. “
We transfer results dynamically and flexibly from research to industry.
Our goal is to research, develop and utilise advanced production systems, in
particular for the automotive industry.
This allows us to provide you with a technological advantage in the key
competitive factors of costs, time and quality.
INPRO Innovation company
for advanced production
systems in the automotive industry
für fortgeschrittene Produktionssysteme in der
Fahrzeugindustrie is a joint venture by the companies Siemens, ThyssenKrupp,
Daimler and Volkswagen. The Federal State of Berlin has also held shares in the
company since its foundation in 1983.
The primary objective is to drive innovations in production engineering forward
and to transfer research results to industrial applications. Our partners in
cooperation projects benefit from obtaining and building on technological
advances in production. Our international clients in science and industry are
therefore able to access a unique portfolio of skills and take advantage of
INPRO's extensive expertise when introducing and implementing production
innovations in the automotive industry.
Achieving this goal starts with the search, identification and evaluation of
ideas and innovative impulses, and leads to the development of user-oriented
solutions, their exemplary implementation and support right through to their
deployment at partners’ or other customers' sites. The joint work of all
involved parties on ideas and their implementation within the network results in
an advance in knowledge, which is difficult to copy and therefore leads to
sustainable competitive advantages.
INPRO project work is performed in four areas of competence
• Process simulation,
• Production systems and information processes,
• Manufacturing and automation technology and
• Layering and fastening technologies
and is supplemented by the Technology Watch Group. At this time, INPRO employs
about 60 technical/scientific employees, supported by around 30 part-time
employees. Practical work is carried out in INPRO's own testing facility.
Turnover amounts to roughly 7 million euros.
Among our clients and partners:
• ESI Group
as well as numerous partners in research and development (BAM, DKFI, Fraunhofer
December 24 2012
SABIC units ink deal to build Jubail plant
Two affiliates of Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) have signed initial deals
to build an ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)
plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia's major industrial hub, Saudi Kayan said on
Saudi Kayan and Petrokemya will equally own and
finance the project, located at Kayan's petrochemicals complex, Kayan said in a
statement to the Saudi bourse, without giving a cost figure.
The plant will have production capacity of 35,000 tonnes
per year and is expected to start production in the second half of 2014.
UHMWPE is used in industrial applications including batteries and industrial fibres.
Kayan said in April that the plant would use ethylene from its olefins plant and
in June, US firm Jacobs Engineering said it would conduct engineering and design
work for the plant.
SABIC opens its first engineering thermoplastics and polypropylene compounding
facility in Jubail
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has further demonstrated its national
growth commitment by opening its first engineering
thermoplastics compounding facility as well as a new polypropylene compounding (PPc)
plant, at its manufacturing affiliate, Saudi
Specialty Chemicals Company (SPECIALTY CHEM), in
Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
PETROKEMYA, 99%, and SABIC Industrial
Investments Company 1%
製品：Tri-Ethyl aluminum (TEAL), TPO/PP Compounds, PC Compounds, ABS Compounds,
and Specialty Products
These new facilities in conjunction with
initiatives like the National Industrial Cluster Development Programme (NICDP)
will help create jobs and act as a catalyst, generating new opportunities in
downstream industries such as building & construction, automotive, electrical,
healthcare and appliances.
With the goal of enabling customers to further differentiate their products and
brands from competition, these facilities will make it easier to access a
diverse material offering, provide local options for custom color matching and
provide the potential for shorter lead times.
As a result, SABIC customers can continue to move forward to solve the
ever-changing needs and challenges in their dynamic industries.
"These new facilities allow SABIC to further enable its customers' success by
providing them greater access to the diverse portfolio of unique products from
SABIC's Innovative Plastics business, and helping them to deliver further
differentiated solutions to the market. Both the engineering thermoplastics
compounding and polypropylene investments bring SABIC closer to its customers in
the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India, enabling them to get to market
faster," said Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO.
In the initial phase, the engineering thermoplastics compounding plant will
produce SABIC's LEXAN, CYCOLOY, XENOY and VALOX resins. These are commonly used
engineering thermoplastics spanning multiple industries from consumer
electronics to healthcare, from transportation to building and construction.
The PPc plant will produce glass, chalk and talc filled grades that will
strengthen SABIC's global footprint and serve customers in auto and non-auto
August 6th, 2013 albawaba.com
American Firm to own 25% of Giant Saudi
Phosphate Joint Venture
US-based Mosaic, a top producer of phosphate and potash, will own 25 per cent of
a new phosphate production joint venture in Saudi Arabia with Saudi Arabian
Mining Company (Ma'aden) and Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic).
The companies, which signed the shareholders’ agreement recently, have been
working toward the agreement since a Heads of Agreement was signed in March.
Ma'aden, Mosaic and Sabic will own 60, 25 and 15 percent
of the joint venture, respectively, a statement said.
- Mosaic is the world’s largest
combined producer of potash and phosphates,
two vital plant nutrients The world needs us: population is growing
fast, and farmland is not. That means farmers have to generate more food
from every acre, and our crop nutrients are essential to their quest.
- We have 8,400 people working to
serve agricultural customers in approximately 40 countries around the
- Our largest centers of operation are
in Central Florida, where we mine and process phosphates, and in
Saskatchewan, where we produce potash. Our headquarters are in Plymouth,
- We’re investing billions of dollars
to expand our mining and production capacities.
- We’ve been a publicly traded company
since 2004, and today we are in the top 250 companies in the Fortune
- We’re responsible corporate
citizens. We keep our promises from mine to market.
The estimated $7 billion greenfield project, to be known as
Wa'ad Al Shamal, or Northern Promise, Phosphate Project,
will be built in the northern region of Saudi Arabia at Wa'ad Al-Shammal
Minerals Industrial City, and in Ras Al Khair Minerals Industrial City which is
located on the east coast of Saudi Arabia.
The highly cost-efficient project is expected to have a production capacity of
3.5 million tonnes of finished phosphate per year.
Operations are expected to commence in late 2016.
Under the terms of the agreement, Mosaic will contribute expertise to the
design, construction and operations of the new facilities and acquire a 25 per
cent ownership stake.
In connection with its equity share, Mosaic will market approximately 25 per
cent of the joint venture's product, including phosphate fertilizer and animal
feed. Subject to final financing terms, Mosaic's cash investment is expected to
be up to $1 billion, funded over a four-year period beginning in 2013.
The plant will produce about 3 million tonness of fertiliser products, as well
as 440,000 tonnes of downstream products including purified phosphoric acid used
in food industries, sodium tripolyphosphate used in detergent manufacturing, and
dicalcium phosphate & monocalcium phosphate used in producing animal feed,
according to a report in Arab News.
"We are pleased with the progress on our joint venture with Ma'aden and Sabic,"
said Mosaic president and chief executive officer Jim Prokopanko.
"This cost-effective project will allow Mosaic to extend our ability to serve
key growing agricultural markets. Our growing global reach further enables us to
fulfill Mosaic's mission, to help the world grow the food it needs, while
delivering compelling shareholder value
World's largest CO2 purification and
liquefaction plant to be built at SABIC affiliate, UNITED
The United Jubail Petrochemical Company (UNITED), a manufacturing affiliate of
the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC), has awarded the Engineering,
Procurement and Construction contract for its
Carbon Dioxide Utilization Project
to Germany's The Linde Group to build the world's largest CO2 purification and
The plant will be designed to compress and purify about
1,500 tons per day of raw carbon dioxide coming from ethylene glycol plants.
The purified gaseous CO2 will be supplied through pipes to three SABIC-affiliated
companies for enhanced methanol and urea production.
Methanol is a basic commodity for the chemical industry, and urea is used for
fertilizer production. An estimated 500,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be saved
Yousef Al-Zamel, SABIC Executive Vice President, Chemicals Strategic Business
Unit, said, "The project will contribute significantly to SABIC's growth
strategy. It will add to SABIC's business portfolio of industrial gas products.
This is the first of many other similar projects to be executed next year."
The plant will also be capable of producing 200 tons per
day of liquid CO2 with food grade quality which will be stored and
thereafter supplied by truck to the beverage and food industry. It is the first
carbon capture and utilization (CCU) project to be realized in Saudi Arabia. The
reduction of CO2 emissions is an important aim in SABIC's sustainability
United Petrochemical Company
||SABIC (75%), Pension Fund (15%), General
Organization of Social Insurance (10%)
ownership in a 800,000 mt/y
HDPE/LDPE of PETROKEMYA
2008/8/25 三井化学 CO2からのメタノール合成プロセスの実証パイロット設備建設について
November 7, 2013 arabnews
Saudi Kayan drops plans to build new petchem plant
Saudi Kayan has dropped plans to build
an ultra-high molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) plant in Jubail, one of
Saudi Arabia’s major industrial hubs, it said.
In 2012, Kayan and Petrokemya, both affiliates of
Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), signed a memorandum of understanding to
equally own and finance the project, located at Kayan’s petrochemicals complex.
Kayan said in a statement on the Saudi bourse that preliminary results of an
economic feasibility study were not in line with the company’s growth plans.
It did not say if the decision was taken jointly with Petrokemya.
In its 2012 announcement, Kayan said the plant would have production capacity of
35,000 tons per year and start production in the second half of 2014. No
financial estimates were given.
UHMWPE is used in industrial applications including batteries and industrial
Nov 29 2013 SABIC
SABIC reaffirms commitment to India
and innovation; HH Prince Saud inaugurates a major new technology center in
Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thenayan Al-Saud,
Chairman of SABIC and Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu,
officially opened the company’s state-of-the-art SABIC
Technology Center (STC) in Bengaluru
(Bangalore), India today in a ceremony which marks a significant
milestone for SABIC in India. The center, built with an initial investment
of US$ 100 million, is one of
17 SABIC global R&D centers of excellence. The STC, with an area of
187,000 sqm, is home to over 300 scientists from India – a critical mass of
some of the best and brightest talent from this vibrant country.
In welcoming the state Governor, Government
Ministers, state and national government officials to the inaugural event,
Prince Saud thanked all for their efforts in helping create a cutting-edge
research facility in Bengaluru and said, “We are extremely proud to be here,
in a city that is a world-renowned center for technology in India. Saudi
Arabia and India have a long history of deep relationships. We believe in
the future of India – a rapidly developing nation where partnership and
inclusive development is a priority. India is an important market for us in
Asia, which is why our investment here is significant.”
From SABIC’s perspective, the key to
success here involves partnership and cooperation among governments,
scientists and the business sector to promote science, technology and
innovation. Today, we are joined by our valued customers and business
partners to achieve long term success.
Echoing Prince Saud’s comments, Mohamed
Al-Mady, Vice Chairman and CEO said, “SABIC as a company grounded in
developing material solutions has innovation, ingenuity and collaboration at
its core, helping us to achieve a deeper understanding of our customers and
their business. This major center in Bengaluru is an integral part of our
global R&D strategy. In this center the scientists here are carrying out
cutting-edge research into new platforms for next-generation materials
across industry sectors including Construction, Clean Energy, Electrics and
Electronics, Medical Devices, Transportation. Other initiatives include
designing greener building materials to reduce environmental footprints and
developing eco-friendly products in response to global megatrends and
The inauguration ceremony was presided
over by Chief Guest, Governor of Karnataka, Dr. Hans Raj Bhardwaj and also
Guests of Honor – Honorable Union Minister of Minority Affairs Shri K
Rahman Khan, and Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri
Srikant Kumar Jena, Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers; Statistics &
Programme Implementation, Government of India, along with several senior
government officials, customers, academia, business partners, and
Speaking at the event, Honourable
Minister of State (Independent Charge) Shri Srikant Kumar Jena, Ministry of
Chemicals & Fertilizers; Statistics & Programme Implementation Government of
India, said, “SABIC’s investment in Bengaluru further strengthens the long
standing relations between Saudi Arabia and India, and we welcome more
partnerships from other companies from the Kingdom.”
The STC Bengaluru – Innovating for
Alongside another technology center
slated to open in China in early December, the Bengaluru facility
builds on SABIC’s two existing dedicated application centers in the
region – one in Moka 真岡, Japan,
and the other in Sungnam, South
Korea. With these centers, SABIC has 17 Technology & Innovation facilities
globally including its centers in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands and
Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC’s Executive Vice
President, Technology and Innovation, said: “We are gathering some of the
best and brightest talent from India to shape the future of our R&D efforts.
Both centers together host a critical mass of professionals and are an
indication of SABIC’s commitment to be the preferred technology partner for
Asian customers as well as the employer of choice for the best talent from
Janardhanan Ramanujalu, Vice President,
SABIC South Asia & ANZ said: “The launch of the SABIC Technology Center in
Bengaluru is a clear reflection of SABIC’s commitment to India, and is a
very important milestone for us. The center will therefore play a pivotal
role in delivering innovative products and solutions, while harnessing local
talent coupled with the infusion of hi-tech local expertise and knowledge
into the country, including scientists and engineers who are returning from
Commitment to Sustainability and the
The STC in Bengaluru is also designed
with a strong environmental and sustainable ethos and a zero-discharge
facility. The energy and water consumption of the facility will be
minimized. SABIC is also firmly committed to – and is already supporting –
several community and CSR initiatives around the STC. Key projects
undertaken include the Hosahalli Lake restoration project, reconstruction of
Hosahalli Government School, a Community Resource Center in Hosahalli
Village and bus shelters around the vicinity.
Dec 02 2013
SABIC reaffirms commitment to China
and innovation; inaugurates a major new technology center in Shanghai
Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thenayan Al-Saud,
Chairman of SABIC and Chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu,
officially opened the company’s state-of-the-art SABIC
Technology Center (STC) in Shanghai, China today in a ceremony which
marks another significant milestone for SABIC in China. The center, built
with an initial investment of US$ 100 million,
is one of 17 SABIC global R&D centers of excellence. Also at the ceremony
was His Excellency Yahya Al Zaid, Ambassador of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to
The 60,000 sqm
state-of-the-art complex houses close to 500 employees including 170
application development and materials technologists. In addition, it also
serves as the new Greater China head office for all Shanghai-based employees
including R&D and supporting functions.
“SABIC is a company grounded in
developing material solutions and has innovation, ingenuity and
collaboration at its core, helping us to achieve a deeper understanding of
our customers and their business. SABIC is committed to being an inclusive
growth partner in the markets we operate in.” said Mohamed Al-Mady, Vice
Chairman and CEO, SABIC.
Innovating for tomorrow’s needs
The new STC in Shanghai will be leading
the development for portable consumer electronics, working closely with OEMs
across the globe. It will also focus on developing next-generation
innovative technologies and solutions to help our customers address some of
the most pressing issues in China and the region across major industry
sectors including Construction, Clean Energy, Electrics and Electronics,
Medical Devices, Transportation. The overall R&D focus at the STC in
Shanghai will be on meeting the needs of our customers in the Greater China
and North East Asia.
Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC’s Executive Vice
President, Technology and Innovation, said: “We are gathering some of the
best and brightest talent from China to shape the future of our R&D efforts.
This center hosts a critical mass of professionals and is an indication of
SABIC’s commitment to be the preferred technology partner for our China
customers as well as the employer of choice for the best talent.”
SABIC is also continuing to strengthen
its technology and innovation leadership in China and the region by
deepening its academic partnerships in China. SABIC will sign a new
agreement with its partner of almost two years, Dalian Institute of Chemical
Physics (DICP), to research and develop advanced processing technologies to
produce chemicals from alternative feedstock. The project is part of
SABIC’s broader strategy of developing next-generation technologies to drive
the future of its business and contribute to customers’ success. As part of
the agreement, SABIC will be an active participant to the DICP community,
deploying scientists or assignment and contributing with funding for
academic activities. Furthermore, it will bolster its sponsored research
primarily regarding the conversion of fossil feedstock to chemicals.
The center significantly enhance SABIC’s
R&D footprint in Asia, building on the existing infrastructure of its
application centers – one in Moka, Japan, and the other in Sungnam, South
January 22 2014 REUTERS
SABIC expects to enter US shale market
Saudi Basic Industries (SABIC) is in talks with several US firms to invest
in the US shale gas industry, and expects to enter the market this year,
Chief Executive Mohamed Al-Mady said.
"We're currently in talks with a few big
names in the US for investment in shale gas. We expect to enter the market
sometime this year. This will be great for SABIC and will globalize our
operations," he said.
Al-Mady, speaking to Reuters at the World
Economic Forum in Davos, later said the investment would be
in downstream operations.
He did not elaborate on the size or type
of US shale gas operations that SABIC was contemplating, or reveal its
Last year Al-Mady said SABIC, one of the
world's biggest petrochemical producers, planned to build a shale gas
cracker in the US.
Any investment would not be heavy in the initial stages, Al-Mady said,
adding the company had no urgent funding needs so he doubted it would tap
the bond market this year.
"We hope our profit will increase next
year. There won't be any significant investment in the coming two to three
years. Most of the shale investment will come in 2017."
May 15, 2014 SABIC
SABIC, Lockheed Martin to partner on carbon
SABIC and Lockheed Martin have announced the
launching of a partnership to explore the establishment of a new joint
venture company in Saudi Arabia to develop carbon
nanostructure materials for a variety of end markets and
Under a newly
signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), SABIC and Lockheed Martin will
coordinate on the development, industrial validation, testing, scale-up,
production and sale of carbon nanostructure materials and carbon
nanostructure infused products.
Commenting on the joint venture MoU,
Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation,
said the memorandum was part of an initiative to develop new specialty-based
business opportunities for SABIC and develop higher value-added businesses
in Saudi Arabia. “We are happy that Lockheed Martin has shown their
intention to share their newly developed technology with SABIC. An
innovative partner like Lockheed Martin is indeed valuable to us, and we
hope the initiative will be the beginning of a longer term relationship with
A carbon nanostructure is a cross-linked
and highly entangled arrangement of carbon nanotubes on a base material.
Carbon nanostructures can be grown at scale on various substrates and formed
into materials with superior structural and conductive properties.
“We believe the combination of Lockheed
Martin’s advanced nanotechnologies with SABIC’s premier capabilities will
lead to exciting opportunities for innovative, new materials,” said Dale
Bennett, Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and
Training. “As we partner with SABIC, Lockheed Martin is proud to expand our
nearly 50 year relationship supporting the Kingdom’s people, industry,
government and academia.”
27 May 2014
SABIC signs joint venture agreement with
Korea’s SK Global Chemical to manufacture high-performance polyethylene
SABIC and the Korean petrochemical
company, SK Global Chemical (SK総合化学）, signed a
50-50 joint venture agreement in Seoul, South Korea, on May 26
for a total investment of US$ 595 million
to manufacture a range of high-performance
polyethylene products using SK’s cutting edge
Nexlene™ solution technology. The agreement
was signed by Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO, and Ja-Young
Koo, SK Innovation Vice Chairman and CEO, and is subject to regulatory
Nexlene is a high performance
polyethylene of which all procedures such as the catalyst,
processes, and the product were developed by SK’s own technology in
2010. It is used to high value films, interior materials of
automobiles and shoes, and cable insulation.
Compared with the existing
polyethylene, this high performance polyethylene is stronger to the
impact and has higher reinforced transparency and machinability.
Only a few major chemical companies such as Dow Chemical and Exxon
Mobile have been producing this product.
SK Global Chemical is
constructing a 230,000 TPY Nexlene factory in the Woolsan CLX and
will begin its mass production in the end of 2013. The high value
polymer market is growing by 10% every year and SK Global Chemical
is planning to rise as a major player in the high value polymer
market through the mass production of Nexlene.
The joint venture, which is located
in Singapore, is expected to operate a
series of manufacturing plants, the first of which was recently
completed by SK Global Chemical at its complex in
Ulsan, South Korea, with an expected annual capacity of 230,000
tons. The plants will produce metallocene linear low density
polyethylene, polyolefin plastomers and polyolefin elastomers that will
meet the growing needs of diverse industries such as advanced packaging,
automotive, healthcare, footwear and electrical & lighting.
A second plant is planned for
Saudi Arabia. Over time, production bases
will be established worldwide.
After the signing ceremony, Al-Mady
commented, “We are happy to establish this partnership with SK Global
Chemical and bring the best in advanced material science closer to our
expanding customer base in Asia. The joint venture is a clear
demonstration of our commitment to continually deliver efficient,
technology-based solutions to our customers and further improve the way
we face major growth markets.”
Cha Hwa Youp, SK Global Chemicals
CEO, said, “Nexlene will serve as a growth engine for both of our
companies. The joint venture will continue to upgrade Nexlene Technology
and set up production bases at locations that exhibit competiveness in
the high-end polyethylene industry.”
Mosaed Al-Ohali, SABIC Executive Vice
President, Polymers Strategic Business Unit, said that the new venture
will allow both partners to enter the highly specialized
high-performance polyethylene market, providing premium and high value
polymer products to customers around the world. “Our new partnership
with SK Global will complement our comprehensive polymers portfolio with
an innovative new product line, enabling us to offer cost effective,
efficient and customer-focused solutions in Asia and beyond,” he said.
Giving a technological perspective,
Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC Executive Vice President, Technology and
Innovation, said that this solution, based on metallocene technology,
will enable the two companies to manufacture a wide range of materials.
“These technologies will benefit both
converters and end customers through better performance, processibility
and final product properties. Excellent impact strength, enhanced
toughness, superior transparency, low heat seal temperature, incremental
output and improved organoleptic properties are just a few of the
competitive advantages that this technology can deliver,” he said.
These unique properties and
characteristics offer a range of possibilities for the development of
innovative product applications. The packaging industry can benefit from
lighter versions of Nexlene (mLLDPE) to produce films to manufacture
flexible food packaging and wrapping materials. They can also be used in
pipes for greater variations as well as in consumer goods, such as
elastomers find applications in a number of industries where
elasticity is important including impact modifiers in the automotive
industry, footwear in consumer markets and wire coatings in utilities
and construction industries.
The ethylene-octene copolymer
POPs will primarily target heat-seal layer and polypropylene
injection molded part modification applications. Medical
applications are also under consideration.
plastomers are specifically designed to provide excellent heat
seal strength for a variety of packaging products to help provide inner
sealing, adhesive and air/moisture barrier layers.
The joint venture marks the second
instance in which SABIC is investing in manufacturing capability in the
Far East after its successful partnership with the China Petrochemical
Corporation (Sinopec). SK Global Chemical is a pioneering petrochemical
company in Korea, being the first in the country to build a naphtha
cracking facility in 1972. Through continuous facility investment, R&D
and technological improvement, the company has maintained its position
as the leader of the petrochemical industry in Korea.
Saudi’s SABIC Says Won’t Expand
Petrochemicals Venture With Shell
SABIC and Shell first announced plans to
explore an expansion of their petrochemical plant in 2012.
Saudi Basic Industries Corp will
not move ahead with plans to expand an existing petrochemical joint
venture (SADAF) with Royal Dutch Shell in Saudi Arabia as the results of
feasibility studies were not encouraging, SABIC said on Thursday (2014/10/23) ,
according to state news agency SPA.
The two partners in the SADAF joint venture
in Jubail, on the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, first announced plans to explore
an expansion of their
petrochemical plant in 2012.
“Shell and SABIC have agreed not to pursue
this investment further but have agreed to continue to have constructive
discussions to explore other opportunities for expansion,” a Shell spokesman
said in a statement on Thursday.
SABIC, one of the world’s largest
petrochemical groups, said the decision would not have any impact on its
earnings, according to a statement on the Saudi bourse website.
The expansion was due to add
polyols, propylene oxide (PO)
and styrene monomer. SABIC did not say by how much the plant was due to
be expanded nor gave an estimated cost.
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Oct 29, 2014
Major new Saudi-Sinopec refinery to export in
The first fuel exports from a major
new Saudi Arabian-Chinese refinery will load in December, slightly later
than expected, three industry sources said.
400,000-barrel-per-day (bpd) Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Co (Yasref)
refinery started trial runs in September and originally planned its
first exports by November.
Yasref is the second refinery to
start up in Saudi Arabia in the past two years, and will complete state
company Saudi Aramco's transformation into a leading exporter of diesel.
The shipment will be
off-specification high sulphur gasoil, according to one of the sources.
The sources said it had faced
some problems with commissioning, which is a normal when new refineries
start up. The construction of the refinery was complete, the sources said,
but more tests needed to be done.
"Commissioning is on the way,
the crude distillation unit is producing naphtha and intermediate products
but full stream of production takes time," said one industry source.
"By around December they will
ship out the first product (cargo)."
The state-owned refiner has not
detailed plans for its 37.5 percent share of output from the refinery.
Sources said it will export some
naphtha initially as the operator tries to stabilize gasoline-making units.
Officials at Yasref could not be
reached for comment.
Sinopec will target Europe and
East Africa for diesel shipments from the refinery with the first clean
diesel cargo due in the first quarter of next year.
Saudi- SABIC signs JV with Molecular Rebar
Design to develop nanomaterials
SABIC and Molecular Rebar Design have signed
a joint venture agreement to develop and commercialize nanomaterials for select
market segments and applications.
The joint venture Black Diamond Structures LLC will
develop manufacture and commercialize products based on Molecular Rebar Design's
unique and revolutionary carbon nanotube (CNT) technology
CNTs when made commercially consist of large entangled bundles of nanotubes. These
bundles are far less useful than discreet or individual nanotubes.
Molecular Rebar are discreet open ended highly functionalized CNTs
that are free
from catalysts and waste matter and are demonstrated to advance the science and
applications for nanomaterials.
Beginning in 1985, carbon nanotube
discoveries were praised for their potential to create significant
improvements in material science. In fact, CNT’s had so much theoretical
potential and such broad potential application they were anointed as a
generational change in materials design and performance.
Yet, until now, the promise of CNT
performance never materialized. The major impediment was the inability
to unbundle CNT’s and separate them into their optimum
form – discrete tubes.
Even today, all other methods of
manufacturing CNT’s – through arc furnaces, laser ablation, or fluid-bed
reactors – result in “fuzzy balls,” which are composed of highly entangled
CNT’s. These fuzzy balls hinder or prevent the dispersion of the individual
CNT tubes, which is required to achieve the theoretical optimums proposed by
current material-science theories.
An ideal product would also be
functionalized to adhere to the receiving material and be fully dispersed to
insure consistent properties and performance. As expected, the inability to
optimize CNT’s resulted in commercially insignificant improvement in the
properties of the receiving materials and prevented widespread
commercialization of CNT’s.
Our patented process starts with today’s
commercially available, fuzzy-ball laden, but nonperforming CNT’s. Through a
set of proprietary operations, the CNT’s are separated into discrete tubes —
and with aspect ratios（アスペクト比：先端直径に対して長さ） in the ideal 60-100 range. Then they are dispersed in
formulations that maintain the single tube composition. The uniform mixture
is then made into master batches (either solid or liquid), which can be
efficiently and safely shipped to customers.
Another great advantage of our
Molecular Rebar™ is that, at the customer conversion sites, it can be used
with existing equipment and processes.
The patented MRD manufacturing method
addresses the critical issues presented above. The breakthrough provides a
continuous process that results in the production of untangled CNT’s, which
we call Molecular Rebar®.
Black Diamond Structures LLC will focus on
applications in select market segments including Energy Storage、Energy
Generation、Automotive & Light Truck、Consumer Electronics and Construction.
Commenting on the joint venture Ernesto Occhiello SABIC executive vice president
technology andinnovation said Black Diamond Structures LLC is aligned to SABIC's
2025 strategy and part of the drive to develop higher value-added specialty
businesses globally and in Saudi Arabia.
'SABIC believes that nanotechnology is an important part of the future. We focus
on making nanointermediates more viable for industrial implementation via
improved scale-up ease/effectiveness of use and partnership with customers. We
believe the new JV is well aligned with emerging market needs and thus is poised
for accelerated deployment and development for both existing and new
Kurt Swogger CEO of Molecular Rebar Design said: 'We believe the synergistic
combination of Molecular Rebar Design's advanced nanotechnologies with SABIC's
commercial and manufacturing capabilities will lead to many exciting
opportunities for innovative new materials in high growth market segments.'
May 10, 2016 Reuters
Saudi Aramco says to sign chemicals project
MOU with SABIC
National oil giant Saudi Aramco expects soon to sign a memorandum of
understanding with Saudi Basic Industries Corp for a joint
oil-to-chemicals project, chief executive Amin Nasser said on Tuesday.
SABIC has previously said the proposed project could cost as much as $30
billion, processing petrochemicals directly from crude oil
instead of first refining the oil into products such as naphtha.
"It makes absolute sense as Aramco is specialised in oil and refining, and SABIC
in petrochemicals," said one industry source familiar with the project, adding
that the scheme could create as many as 100,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
Aramco's participation could benefit SABIC by giving it better access to funding
as well as assistance in marketing products, said Mazen al-Sudairi, head of
research at Al-Istithmar Capital.
"The change in feedstock prices prompted SABIC to change strategy - they want to
produce specialty products - and with Aramco possibly joining them as an
investor, it will open a big door for them," he said.
Saudi's SABIC agrees petrochemicals project
with China's Shenhua
Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC),
one of the world's largest petrochemicals groups, said on Monday it had
signed an agreement with Shenhua Ningxia Coal
Industry Group to build a petrochemical
complex in China.
SABIC said in a statement the joint
project would be a "greenfield petrochemical complex" located in the
Ningxia Hui Region（寧夏回族自治区）
of China. The Chinese company is a unit of Shenhua Group Corporation
No financial details or time frame
for the project were given. SABIC said the companies would now work on
getting approvals from Chinese authorities for the complex.
Sep 7, 2016
Saudi's SABIC sells Polymershapes unit to U.S. firm
Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) 2010.SE has agreed to sell its
Polymershapes unit to U.S. investment firm
Blackfriars Corp, SABIC said without giving a value for the deal.
The deal is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of this year,
SABIC said late on Tuesday, adding that the unit was a
non-core business and its divestment would not affect SABIC's
distribution of other products or have a substantial impact on its finances.
The unit is the world’s largest distributor of plastic
sheet, rod, tube and film, serving over 35,000 customers with a
distribution network of more than 75 branches in the United States, Canada,
Mexico and Chile, according to a 2013 statement by SABIC.
Although Polymershapes is profitable, owning it is no longer in line with
SABIC's plan to strengthen its business by 2025, Tuesday's statement quoted
acting chief executive Yousef al-Benyan as saying.
Benyan told Reuters in May that his company was evaluating whether to sell some
of its assets in the specialties plastics business, with a decision expected by
the end of this year.
One of the world's largest petrochemicals firms, SABIC has been suffering like
many companies in its industry from the impact of falling oil prices, which are
correlated with petrochemical prices.
the world’s largest distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, and
associated products, with 70+ years of industry-leading heritage.
Our roots stretch back to the 1940’s, when two businesses were formed, each
focused on selling plastic sheet and fabricated parts. These small enterprises –
Cadillac Plastics, based near Detroit, and
Commercial Plastics, founded near Philadelphia –
grew steadily over the ensuing decades, adding products, capabilities and
services, and opening sales branches throughout North America, to become the two
largest distributors in the plastics industry.
In 2000, both companies were purchased by GE Plastics,
and became one, taking on the new identity of GE
In 2007, GE Plastics and Polymershapes were acquired by SABIC, a leading global
Since then, the people of Polymershapes have continued to broaden our expertise,
our portfolio, and our branch network, setting the standards for excellence in
the plastics distribution industry.
SABIC, SNCG agree on possible China chemical
SABIC, along with Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co. Ltd. (SNCG 神華寧夏煤業集団)
and the government of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region 寧夏回族自治区
of China, have agreed on a set of principles for cooperation in the further
development of a potential joint venture (JV) between SABIC and SNCG to build a
greenfield coal-to-chemicals complex.
The facility will focus on highly-differentiated applications and segments
through polymers derivatives.
The project will be located in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The agreement
includes certain commitments from the Ningxia government to provide support and
incentives to the project, while also providing a framework for coordination and
cooperation between the three parties in connection with the project approval
Cooperation between the parties, with respect to the coal-to-chemicals project,
contributes to the Chinese government’s “Belt & Road Initiative,” expanding the
economic ties and bilateral trade between Saudi Arabia and the People's Republic
The project would leverage the shareholders’ respective best practices,
operational experience, and technologies in the petrochemical industry.
The project would benefit from SABIC’s participation through the utilization of
SABIC’s technologies, and access to SABIC’s global Technology & Innovation
Centers would be provided for product development, technical support and
application development programs. SABIC would also leverage its global marketing
and customer service capabilities.
The project would also benefit from the participation of SNCG, which is an
affiliate of Shenhua Group, one of the largest coal producers and suppliers in
China, as well as a global coal-based, integrated energy and chemicals company.
A further benefit is the project’s location in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous
Region, which is one of the largest coal-producing regions in China, and the
incentives and support that will be provided by the Ningxia government.