Jubail, Ras Al-Khair projects draw SR 418 bn investments

Updated 15 November 2012

Jubail, Ras Al-Khair projects draw SR 418 bn investments

JUBAIL:Prince Saud bin Abdullah bin Thunayan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, yesterday highlighted the Kingdom’s industrial progress and said: “We are currently witnessing an industrial boom.”
Addressing a ceremony, which witnessed RC signing a number of agreements with major companies, he said total investment in Jubail and Ras Al-Khair reached more than SR 418 billion in 365 projects.
Prince Saud praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s support to the industrial cities of Jubail and Yanbu. King Abdullah laid the foundation for Jubail-2 industrial city in 2004.
The Royal Commission signed an agreement with Sadara to establish a SR 75 billion petrochemical complex, which will have 26 factories with total capacity of five million tons to produce 48 products.
According to another agreement, Saudi Arabian Railway will establish a 85-km rail link between Jubail and Ras Al-Khair to facilitate exports.
The ceremony was attended by Saudi Aramco’s President and CEO Khalid Al-Falih, Vice President of SABIC Muhammad Al-Madhi and other senior officials.
Meanwhile, the 10th SABIC Technical and Innovation Meeting inaugurated on Monday highlights the importance of investing in technology and promoting innovation.
Held with the support of Prince Saud, who is also the chairman of SABIC, the event was officially opened by Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC vice chairman and CEO.
The exhibition has brought together around 200 exhibitors from 22 countries, counting with the presence of industry leaders in a wide variety of fields where innovation plays a key role such as in: Asset management, electrical & control systems, fertilizers, chemicals, construction, environment, health and safety (HSE), quality assurance, analytical research and automation. The event will end today.
Al-Mady highlighted the importance of investing in technology, innovation centers and research that ultimately help deliver innovative and sustainable solutions for customers.
Commenting on the unique angle of this year’s STIM-10 Exhibition, Al Mady said” “This year’s exhibition will demonstrate innovation as a tool to turn ideas into profitable products and services. ‘Innovations that matter’ is the theme of this year’s STIM-10 and this reflects the importance of investing in the ideas of scientists and researchers to deliver ingenious solutions to our customers.” He also highlighted that this year’s exhibition has witnessed a larger participation of exhibitors from global companies, which demonstrates how the STIM-10 exhibition and meeting are turning into a global specialized platform for collaborating and sharing ideas and knowledge.
Al Mady noted that SABIC has sought, since its very establishment, to localize technology and spur innovation in Saudi Arabia and beyond. The company has made considerable efforts in inspiring its employees to continue to search for and present new ideas in the form of diverse programs and initiatives adopted by the company.
One of those is “MY IDEA”, a program through which SABIC gives its people the opportunity to present an innovative business idea. This goes through a rigorous assessment and the most original and relevant ideas are eventually executed, supported by a special company fund for this purpose.
As part of this year’s STIM-10 event, a number of workshops have been running in parallel to the exhibition. Numerous work papers and keynote speeches have been presented, focused on adding value to SABIC’s culture of ingenuity. Themes have included: “From Innovation to Market Relevance”, “Setting Financing Standards”, “Innovation as a Driving Force in Aerospace”, “Intellectual Property at SABIC”, “Manufacturing Excellence – A Strategic Option”, among many others.


A Jordan startup delivers eco-friendly alternative to dry cleaning

Updated 05 December 2019

A Jordan startup delivers eco-friendly alternative to dry cleaning

  • Products used by WashyWash are non-carcinogenic and environmentally neutral
  • Amman-based laundry service aims to relocate to a larger facility in mid-2020

AMMAN: A persistent sinus problem prompted a Jordanian entrepreneur to launch an eco-friendly dry-cleaning service that could help end the widespread use of a dangerous chemical.

“Dry cleaning” is somewhat of a misnomer because it is not really dry. It is true that no water is involved in the process, but the main cleaning agent is perchloroethylene (PERC), a chemical that experts consider likely to cause cancer, as well as brain and nervous system damage.

Kamel Almani, 33, knew little of these dangers when he began suffering from sinus irritation while working as regional sales director at Eon Aligner, a medical equipment startup he co-founded.

The problem would disappear when he went on vacation, so he assumed it was stress related.

However, when Mazen Darwish, a chemical engineer, revealed he wanted to start an eco-laundry and warned about toxic chemicals used in conventional dry cleaning, Almani had an epiphany.

“He began to tell me how PERC affects the respiratory system, and I suddenly realized that it was the suits I wore for work — and which I would get dry cleaned — that were the cause of my sinus problems,” said Almani, co-founder of Amman-based WashyWash.

“That was the eureka moment. We immediately wanted to launch the business.”

WashyWash began operations in early 2018 with five staff, including the three co-founders: Almani, Darwish and Kayed Qunibi. The business now has 19 employees and became cash flow-positive in July this year.

“We’re very happy to achieve that in under two years,” Almani said.

The service uses EcoClean products that are certified as toxin-free, are biodegradable and cause no air, water or soil pollution.

Customers place orders through an app built in-house by the company’s technology team.

WashyWash collects customers’ dirty clothes, and cleans, irons and returns them. Services range from the standard wash-and-fold to specialized dry cleaning for garments and cleaning of carpets, curtains, duvets and leather goods.

“For wet cleaning, we use environmentally friendly detergents that are biodegradable, so the wastewater doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals,” Almani said.

For dry cleaning, WashyWash uses a modified hydrocarbon manufactured by Germany’s Seitz, whose product is non-carcinogenic and environmentally neutral.

A specialized company collects the waste and disposes of it safely.

The company has big ambitions, planning to expand its domestic operations and go international. Its Amman site can process about 1,000 items daily, but WashyWash will relocate to larger premises in mid-2020, which should treble its capacity.

“We’ve built a front-end app, a back-end system and a driver app along with a full facility management system. We plan to franchise that and have received interest from many countries,” Almani said.

“People visiting Amman used our service, loved it, and wanted an opportunity to launch in their countries.”

WashyWash has received financial backing from angel investors and is targeting major European cities initially.

“An eco-friendly, on-demand dry-cleaning app isn’t available worldwide, so good markets might be London, Paris or Frankfurt,” Almani said.

 

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