In response to the need for a representative body for the petrochemical and chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region, GPCA was established in 2006 by eight visionary founding members; SABIC and TASNEE from Saudi Arabia, QAPCO and Qatar Vinyl Company from Qatar, EQUATE and PIC from Kuwait, Borouge from the UAE and GPIC from Bahrain. GPCA was established to support the interest of the growing chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region.

Throughout the years, the association has continued to expand its membership base with a CAGR of 9% in the first decade since its establishment.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Annual GPCA Forum in November 2015, GPCA produced a poster illustrating the key milestones in the journey of building a strong GCC chemical industry.