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GPCA honors Plastics Excellence Awards winners at PlastiCon

Dubai, UAE; January, 2015: The GCC’s plastic industry celebrated the winners of the 5th Plastics Excellence Awards 2015, an initiative of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) in Dubai last night.

Sponsored by Borouge, the GPCA Plastics Excellence Awards recognize outstanding initiatives in plastics conversion, plastics engineering and product development by companies and individuals from the Arabian Gulf region. Now in its fifth edition, the awards are part of GPCA’s aspirations and continuous contributions to the enhancement of the region’s plastics industry. The winners were honored at a gala dinner held as part of the 6th Plasticon conference in Dubai.

Award recipients were chosen from a 39 applications by a jury that included top executives from Borouge, Tasnee and Sabic:

Best Joint Development of a new Product/ Application by a Resin Producer and Plastic Converter:  

  • Winner: Orpic, Oman together with Skaps and other national and international converters
    • PP staple fiber grade with enhanced tenacity and elongation for geotextile applications
    • Runners up: Sabic & Saudi Mais, Saudi Arabia
      • Using Sabic’s PS grade for Saudi Mais’ nebulizer head


Best Plastic Products and Processes

  • Winner: Equate, Kuwait
    • Innovative LLDPE Product with high clarity and low blocking
    • Runners up: Reifenhäuser and Napco, Saudi Arabia
      • Evolution of an ultra cool FFS blown film system


Best Researcher 

  • Winner: Dr Orass Hamed, from Sabic’s R&D Center, Saudi Arabia
    • Polyolefin catalysis
    • Runners up: Dr Kumar Yadav and Dr Hau Qua, Nipras Tasnee, Saudi Arabia
      • Conducting polyolefin: a way for commodity converting into specialty polyolefin


Student competition – Fikra: Rising Stars of the Plastics Industry

  • Winner: Rayan Zakaria Mubarak Al-Ahmadi and Khaleed Saleah Al-Mosalam, Trainees in Diploma course of Plastics Fabrication Technology, Higher Institute of Plastics Fabrication, Saudi Arabia
    • Eliminating long spues from injection molds
    • Runners up: Sultan Al-Otaibi and Omar Al-Enezi
      • Development of injection molding method of elimination of a weld-line

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