SABIC signs contract to build plastics application centre

01 December 2010 12:20  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--SABIC has signed a contract with El Seif Engineering Contracting Company to build a plastics application development centre at the Riyadh Techno Valley research complex inside the King Saud University campus in Saudi Arabia, the petrochemicals major said on Wednesday.

The new facility will comprise an area of some 80,000sqm, including about 43,000sqm of building space, said the Saudi Arabian producer. It will be operated by more than 150 researchers.

SABIC CEO Mohamed Al-Mady said the centre would support the continued expansion of the company’s new product portfolio, especially in the areas of packaging, automotive materials and compounding.

He added that the new research facility would support the growth of downstream industries, and said that the centre would collaborate with customers in developing new plastic applications and provide technical support to SABIC’s local and international customers.

The centre will be part of SABIC’s Global Technology Center network and will work closely with other company-owned and operated centres at Pittsfield in the US, Bergen op Zoom and Geleen in the Netherlands, Bangalore in India, Shanghai in China, Seoul in South Korea and Moka in Japan, the company said.

The centre will also house the current Polymer Technical Support Center, now located in Riyadh II Industrial City, and will also act as a technical support hub and training centre for SABIC’s customers worldwide, it added.

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By: Hilde Ovrebekk
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