Representatives from two of the world’s major consumer packaged goods manufacturers, Dr. Annie Weisbrod, Principal Scientist, Global Product Stewardship – Environmental Sustainability, Procter & Gamble, and Wael Ismail, Senior Director, Public Policy, Government and Corporate Affairs – MENA, PepsiCo, will be sharing their experiences in the Plastics Circular Economy. Other distinguished speakers include Lorraine Francourt, EHS Director, Chemicals Management and Circular Economy, Dow Chemicals, and Joost Verploeg, MD, Africa, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, LyondellBasell.
The changing nature of research and innovation in the digital age will be the focus of the 6th GPCA R&I Summit, which will begin with an opening address by Dr. Moayyed Al-Qurtas, Chairman, GPCA Research and Innovation Committee, and continue with a keynote address by Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi, SVP Downstream, Saudi Aramco. As part of the panel session, Al-Judaimi will be joined by Dan McCarthy, EVP, McDermott – Lummus Technology, to discuss the oil-to-chemicals (COTC) breakthrough technology. Senior industry leaders from technology giants IBM and Siemens will address digitalization of R&I in the petrochemical industry and Artificial Intelligence (AI) innovations for chemicals. The opening remarks on day two will be delivered by Dr. Thorsten Loehl, VP, Innovation, Borouge.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented, “The crude oil-to-chemicals (COTC) technology has the potential to reshape the global petrochemical industry and fundamentally change the dynamics of global competition in the years to come. At the same time, by 2030 digitalization is expected to increase annual margin potential in the global chemical industry by more than USD 1.8 trillion. These and other cutting-edge developments will be discussed during the R&I Summit, while PlastiCon will assess the role of sustainability in the global plastics industry, as well as the future of plastics packaging and design.”
He added, “We are proud to be hosting both conferences under the patronage of H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Oil, Bahrain, and I look forward to welcoming you to these important industry gatherings in Bahrain this March.”
On 12 March, GPCA will host an exclusive student seminar as part of its Leaders of Tomorrow program in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, dedicated to building local human capital in the GCC region. The 6th GPCA R&I Summit will see the launch of the GPCA Innovation Competition, aimed at promoting innovation among university students in the Arabian Gulf. Winners of the competition will be announced during the gala dinner on 13 March at ART Rotana, Amwaj Islands, Bahrain.
For more information on PlastiCon and the R&I Summit please visit www.gpcaplastics.com and www.gpcaresearch.com .
About the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association
The Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) was established in 2006 to represent the downstream hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf. Today, the association voices the common interests of more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries, accounting for over 95 percent of chemical output in the GCC. The industry makes up the second largest manufacturing sector in the region, producing over US$108 billion worth of products every year.
GPCA supports the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives aimed at helping member companies to connect, share and advance knowledge, contribute to international dialogue, and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry.
Committed to providing a regional platform for stakeholders from around the world, GPCA manages six working committees – Plastics, Supply Chain, Fertilizers, International Trade, Research and Innovation, and Responsible Care – and organizes six world-class events each year. The association also publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and various other industry reports.
For more information, visit www.gpca.org.ae .
Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association
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United Arab Emirates
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