25 June 2012 00:00 [Source: ICB]
The four winners in this year's GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards were revealed at the Third GPCA Plastics Summit held in Dubai on April 3-5. The awards were introduced by Abdulaziz Alhajri, chief executive officer of Borouge, at a ceremony that took place on the first day of the summit conference (April 4), held at the Grand Hyatt.
The GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards winners line up for a group photograph in Dubai
Now in their second year, the awards recognize companies and individuals for excellence, innovation, sustainable development and their overall contribution to the plastics conversion sector. The 2012 Awards featured two main categories - Construction and Industrial Products, and Sustainable Plastic Products and Processes - plus special awards for Best Supporting Company and Excellence in Plastics.
Union Pipes Industry of the UAE won in the Construction and Industrial Products category for its performance in high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipeline products.
Saudi Arabia's Rowad National Plastic Co. won the Sustainable Plastic Products and Processes award for its work in lead acid battery recycling.
The Best Supporting Company award went to MKD of Jordan in recognition of its innovation in integrating design and engineering in the development of plastic moulds.
The winners of the Excellence in Plastics category were Saeed M Al-Zahrani and Dr Ilias Ali of King Saud University, SABIC Polymer Research Centre, in Saudi Arabia, for their research into producing nano-activated carbon from date stones and polymer nano-composites.
Speaking about the awards, Alhajri said: "As the population of our planet grows and becomes wealthier, its consumption of resources will become unsustainable without innovation. The second GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards demonstrate that many companies and individuals in the industry are already working hard to tackle these challenges head on."
Dr Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, secretary general of GCPA, added: "The entrants into the second GPCA Plastics Innovation Awards have shown true commitment to the plastics industry and [produced] initiatives that are driving the sector forward both in the region and globally. The work recognized by our awards indicates a very bright future for our industry."
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