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December 7, 2010
Strong demand recovery in 2010 and the need to foster innovation in the Mideast are key themes at the Fifth Annual GPCA Forum being held December 8-9 in Dubai. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,300, up more than 20% from last year.
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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/GPCA-2010-Innovation-Recovery-Top-Forum-Agenda_31404.html
December 7, 2010

Demand for global petrochemicals has rebounded stronger than expected in 2010, Gary Adams, president of CMAI (Houston) told attendees at the fifth annual GPCA Forum currently being held in Dubai. Demand is being driven by emerging economies, with Asia and India leading the way, Adams says. “The rebound has been quite strong, and demand growth is now tracking at just over 5%/year,” Adams says. Between 2000-2005 the demand for basic petrochemicals and plastics was growing by about 20 million m.t./year; CMAI now expects growth to be about 35 million-40 million m.t./year between 2010-2015.

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http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/GPCA-2010-Demand-Rebounds-but-Supply-Additions-Still-Loom_31400.html
November 4, 2010
Borealis (Vienna) reported solid improvement in third quarter sales and earnings but warned that the global economy is still volatile and it expects results in the fourth quarter to be...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Borealis-Reports-Solid-Results-as-the-Larger-Abu-Dhabi-Group-Grows_30717.html
November 1, 2010
Borealis, Borouge, and Nova Chemicals, already among the largest producers of polyolefins, are together set to be among the top 10 largest players in the chemical industry by 2013...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/K2010-Borealis-Borouge-and-Nova-Chemicals-Jointly-to-Be-Among-Top-10-Players-in-the-Industry_30638.html
October 26, 2010
Praxair says its Praxair Gulf Industrial Gases (Abu Dhabi) subsidiary has finalized an agreement with United Steel Company (SULB; Hidd, Bahrain), to supply oxygen, nitrogen and argon...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Praxair-to-Build-Air-Separation-Plant-in-Bahrain_30455.html
August 30, 2010
Praxair says it has agreed to acquire a 49% stake in ROC Group's industrial gases businesses in the Mideast. Those assets, which will operate as a joint venture based in Kuwait City...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Praxair-Forms-Mideast-Joint-Venture_29101.html
August 24, 2010
Global demand for naphtha will grow significantly between 2010 and 2015 in the Asia Pacific, led by a 4% increase in demand from China’s petrochemical sector, according to...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/China-to-Drive-Demand-Growth-for-Naphtha-through-2015_28997.html
August 12, 2010
Borealis (Vienna) reported a near tripling in net profit on 40% higher sales in the second quarter of this year. However, Mark Garrett, CEO, expects the rest of the year to remain...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Borealiss-Profits-Soar-on-Better-Base-Chemicals-and-Durable-Products-Sales_28743.html
August 3, 2010
Two competing cracker projects in Abu Dhabi have been combined into one, CW has learned. Abu Dhabi National Chemical Co. (Chemaweyaat), a joint venture in which Abu Dhabi Investment...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Abu-Dhabi-Combines-Chemaweyaat-and-Adbic-Cracker-Projects-Selects-Ruwais-Site_28475.html
July 19, 2010
Air Products has announced the opening of a new office in Abu Dhabi and the creation of a new legal entity, Air Products Gulf Gas LLC, stressing the importance of the Middle East...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Air-Products-Forms-New-Joint-Venture-in-Abu-Dhabi_28122.html
July 6, 2010
The U.K. media is continuing to speculate on the future of BP, following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The Times newspaper reports today that the UK government is drawing up...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/BPs-Woes-Mount_27839.html
June 30, 2010
Borouge has begun commissioning its Borouge 2 petrochemical complex at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi, senior sources at Borouge tell CW. The Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (Adnoc) has begun supplying...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Borouge-Brings-Online-Second-Petrochemical-Complex_27748.html
June 29, 2010
Borouge today signed contracts valued at $2.6 billion to build a previously announced Borouge 3 complex at Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. The company formally signed the three major contracts it...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Borouge-Signs-$2-6-billion-Contracts-for-Borouge-3_27725.html
June 24, 2010
Cabot Corporation has announced the opening of its black masterbatch manufacturing facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai. The plant has an initial capacity of 25,000 m.t./year...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Cabot-Opens-Masterbatch-Facility-in-Dubai_27609.html
June 16, 2010
The burgeoning plastics industry in the Mideast's Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region faces its own set of challenges, speakers and delegates at the first annual Gulf Petrochemicals...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/GPCA-Plastics-Summit-Industry-Expansion-Creates-a-New-Set-of-Challenges_27470.html
June 15, 2010
Plastics are an important driver of growth and diversification of the Arab Gulf economies from over dependence on the export of oil, says Moayeed Al-Qurtas, vice chairman and chief executive of National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee) and chairman of the GPCA Plastics Committee in his keynote address to the 1st annual GPCA Summit now taking place in Dubai. The fast-growing plastics industry, particularly in the Mideast Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, can be described as The Plastics Age, Al-Qurtas says....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/GPCA-Summit-The-Plastics-Age_27450.html
June 14, 2010
Plastics will play an important role as a driving force in development of the Mideast Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, says Moayyed Al-Qurtas, vice chairman and CEO of The National Industrialization Co. (Tasnee; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and chairman of the GPCA Plastics Committee, speaking at the 1st GPCA Plastics Summit now taking place in Dubai....
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Mideast-Gulf-Plastics-Conversion-Sector-Has-Potential-to-Emulate-China_27442.html
June 7, 2010
Borouge has awarded a UED 260 million ($70.8 million) contract for the construction of a previously announced innovation center in Abu Dhabi to Associated Construction and Investments...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Borouge-Awards-Innovation-Center-Contract_27241.html
May 27, 2010
Borouge (Abu Dhabi) says it will build a compounding plant at Nansha, China, which will be the company’s second compounding plant in the country. Borouge opened a...
http://www.chemweek.com/regions/middle_east/uae/Borouge-to-Build-Second-Compounding-Plant-in-China_27070.html
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