Inauguration of SABIC Innovative Plastics
7th of September, 2007
Bergen op Zoom

This event celebrated the purchase of the former GE Plastics business by SABIC and its new name, SABIC Innovative PlasticsThis event celebrated the purchase of the former GE Plastics business by SABIC and its new name, SABIC Innovative Plastics

His Highness Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thenayan Al-Saud, Chairman of the Board of SABIC and Louis Ufkes, employee with the longest years of service at the Bergen op Zoom site of SABIC Innovative Plastics, unveiled a monument to inaugurate the new company name in Bergen op Zoom.

Government officials, amongst them the Minister for Foreign Trade Mr. Heemskerk, the Mayor of Bergen op Zoom, Mr. Polman and the Vice-Chairman of the Dutch Chemical Manufacturers Association, Mr. Fuhrmann, the global leadership team of SABIC and SABIC Innovative Plastics and the employees of Bergen op Zoom were among the invited participants.

The former GE unit is now SABIC Innovative Plastics, a new business addition to SABIC that will focus on the global growth of thermoplastics and engineering plastics through innovation to serve the automotive, electronics, healthcare, and construction sectors.

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Notes for editors


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is the largest public company in the Middle East, ranked

by market capitalization (more than US$ 70 billion), and one of the world’s 10 largest petrochemicals manufacturers. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene, glycols, methanol, MTBE and fertilizers as well as the fourth largest polymer producer.

SABIC’s profit rose to a record SR 19.2 billion (US$ 5.1 billion) in 2005, a 35% increase on 2004

and the company’s highest profit since inception. Sales revenues for 2005 totaled SR 78.3 billion

(US$ 20.8 billion), making SABIC the largest and most profitable public company in the Middle East.

SABIC operates six interlinked strategic business units: Basic Chemicals, Intermediates, Specialized Products, Polymers, Fertilizers and Metals. The company has significant research resources and has dedicated Research and Technology centers in Riyadh, Geleen in the Netherlands, Houston USA and Vadodara in India. SABIC has more than 17,000 employees worldwide.

SABIC has two large production sites in Saudi Arabia – in Al-Jubail and in Yanbu – comprising 18 world-scale complexes. Some of these complexes are operated with multi-national joint venture partners such as Exxon Mobil, Shell and Mitsubishi Chemicals. SABIC’s overall production capacity has increased from 35.4 million metric tons in 2001 to 46.7 million metric tons of production in 2005.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70% of SABIC shares with the remaining 30% held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

SABIC Europe, headquartered in Sittard, the Netherlands, employs nearly 2,450 people and operates two petrochemical production sites in Geleen, the Netherlands and Gelsenkirchen in Germany for the production of polypropylenes, polyethylenes and liquid hydrocarbons. These are marketed by its European network of sales offices and logistical hubs. In 2005, SABIC Europe produced 2.5 million metric tons of polyolefins and 3.1 million metric tons of basic chemicals, mainly for the European market.

About SABIC Innovative Plastics

SABIC Innovative Plastics is a global supplier of plastic resins widely used in automotive, healthcare, consumer electronics, transportation, performance packaging, building and construction, telecommunications and optical media applications. The company manufactures and compounds polycarbonate, ABS, ASA, PPE, PC/ABS, PBT and PEI resins, as well as the LNP line of high-performance specialty compounds, under such well known brand names as Lexan*, Cycolac*, Geloy*, Noryl*, Cycoloy*, Valox* and Ultem*.

The Specialty Film and Sheet division of SABIC Innovative Plastics manufactures high-performance Lexan sheet and film products used in thousands of demanding applications worldwide. The dedicated automotive organization is an experienced, worldwide supplier, offering leading plastics solutions for five key automotive segments: body panels and glazing; under the hood applications; component; structures and interiors; and lighting.

* Trademarks of SABIC Innovative Plastics IP BV and its affiliates.

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