Thirty-two polyethylene products have been qualified to-date, serving more than 600 customers in 70 countries. An additional four new polyethylene products will be added to Sadara's capabilities by year-end.Sadara's specialty chemicals portfolio includes facilities that manufacture propylene oxide, propylene glycol, ethylene oxide, glycol ethers, amines, isocyanates and polyether polyols. Al-Falih said, "Sadara's commissioning positions the company to fully deliver its promise as a major catalyst for Saudi Arabia's economic future - a promise that will be felt in human terms. "Sadara's slate of high-value chemicals, including many firsts for the Kingdom and the region, will create the quality performance, value-added and plastics products that support a higher living standard around the world, especially in the emerging Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern markets that will drive two-thirds of global petrochemical demand over the next decade. "In addition to transforming the Kingdom from a consumer and importer to a global exporter, Sadara will create new value chains and technologies that will attract foreign and domestic investment, spurring new sectors and entrepreneurial business, and creating thousands of manufacturing jobs for Saudis. In this way, Sadara is perfectly aligned with the Kingdom's national transformation goals as expressed in Vision 2030. By driving non-oil sector growth, innovation and better-life opportunities, Sadara will deliver progress and prosperity now, and for generations to come." Liveris said, "Today marks a pivotal moment for this game-changing joint venture - for Dow, our partners at Saudi Aramco and for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - delivering market-driven solutions that have never before been manufactured in the Kingdom and supporting the diversification of its economy in line with Vision 2030. Dow has been a strategic partner in Saudi Arabia for more than four decades and is the Kingdom's largest foreign investor. Commissioning of Sadara's final plant marks a pivotal moment in the history of this landmark public and private partnership that advances Dow's growth strategy and will help transform the Kingdom's rich resources into solutions for the world through a thriving manufacturing sector."
Saudi Aramco President and CEO Amin H. Nasser called Sadara a major milestone in Saudi Aramco's strategic intent to become the world's foremost integrated energy and chemicals company."Sadara is a flagship chemicals project that significantly advances our ability to derive the maximum value from every hydrocarbon molecule, and to participate more broadly across the petroleum value chain," Nasser said. "The closer integration of Saudi Aramco's refining networks with chemical production brings greater resilience and robustness to our portfolio. Using raw materials provided by SABIC, SATORP and Sadara itself, the complex will transform raw materials and feedstocks into high-value products - a position of strength that drives business growth. Our strategy to make chemicals a top-tier global business will have a multiplier effect on jobs, industries and technologies, especially through industrial parks as a base for conversion industries making plastics and plastic products from petrochemicals. As a creator of entirely new products and industries, Sadara is a transformational company that will benefit all stakeholders." Sadara Chairman Ahmad Saadi said: "Sadara has come a long way from the shareholder agreement signing six years ago, to the official inauguration in November. Yet the commissioning of all our plants is not the finish-line, but Sadara's start in meeting rising demand for high-quality chemicals, plastics and performance products, especially in emerging markets, and stimulating Saudi Arabia's industrial growth across the automotive, construction, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors." The Sadara Chairman added: "The future will be demanding, but our determination and commitment are more than equal to the task. Knowing Sadara's 'can do' attitude, I'm confident that we will exceed the expectations that our shareholders have set for us." Strategically located to benefit from competitive feedstocks, Sadara will serve the needs of Dow customers across the Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East, Africa and Central and Eastern Europe.
To date, Sadara has more than 4,100 employees, the majority of whom are Saudis. Almost 2,000 of these employees have completed intensive, technology-centric, on-the-job training (OJT) programs at various Saudi Aramco and Dow sites in Saudi Arabia and around the world for advanced chemicals production technologies knowledge. The Sadara OJT program is one of the largest and most sophisticated technological training programs ever undertaken by any company in Saudi Arabia.In addition, the PlasChem Park, a world-class industrial park for chemical and conversion industries created by a collaboration between Sadara and the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, is expected to attract quality investments valued at 20 billion Saudi Riyals, and to create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. About Dow Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, such as the need for fresh food, safer and more sustainable transportation, clean water, energy efficiency, more durable infrastructure, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in 175 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, infrastructure, transportation, consumer care, electronics, and agriculture. In 2016, Dow had annual sales of $48 billion and employed approximately 56,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 7,000 product families are manufactured at 189 sites in 34 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com. ®TM Trademark of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow