‘Jewels of Emirates’ show to debut in Sharjah

The event will showcase both traditional and modern gold and diamond jewelry.
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Updated 16 November 2020

‘Jewels of Emirates’ show to debut in Sharjah

The emirate of Sharjah is gearing up for hosting the first edition of the “Jewels of Emirates” show, the first 100 percent Emirati exhibition for jewelry, gold, silver, pearl, precious stones, luxury watches, and perfumes.

In a statement, the Expo Centre Sharjah announced that the event will be held from Nov. 25 to 28 under the theme “Let your jewelry speak for you.” It will be held with the support of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the participation of a large number of UAE companies, which will showcase their latest traditional and modern gold and diamond lines and trends.

Abdullah Sultan Al-Owais, SCCI chairman, said: “Organizing this event comes as part of the efforts to create various platforms to stimulate the movement of sales and trade at the local level, after being affected by the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, by sponsoring and launching a series of specialized exhibitions across the emirate, after Sharjah Executive Council’s decision on the resumption of exhibitions and conferences that are held under the umbrella of government institutions and sectors.”

Al-Owais added: “These efforts come in line with the SCCI’s strategy aimed at creating initiatives that will achieve economic sustainability and develop the national economy. They are also aligned with the wise vision of Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, member of the UAE Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah to achieve economic diversification, which is a key pillar in Sharjah’s economic policy, by supporting the local economy and enhancing its competitiveness. This consolidates Sharjah’s position as a leading economic hub for doing business in various sectors.”

Mohammed Ahmed Amin Al-Awadi, director general of SCCI, said: “The SCCI is always keen to launch innovative initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of Sharjah’s economy, meet the needs of the private sector, and contribute to the sustainable development of various sectors.”

Al-Awadi referred to Expo Centre Sharjah’s accumulated experiences to adapt to various changes, adding that the event, which is targeting local manufacturers and merchants, will stimulate domestic tourism by attracting consumers from the various emirates of the country.

“The ‘Jewels of Emirates’ show will have an impactful role in revitalizing gold, silver, and jewelry trade, supporting local industries, reinforcing the UAE’s status as a global hub for this industry, and enticing visitors through attractive deals and offers and valuable prizes,” said Saif Mohammad Al-Midfa, CEO of Expo Centre Sharjah.


SABIC launches anti-fog film for COVID visors

Updated 28 November 2020

SABIC launches anti-fog film for COVID visors

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, has announced the successful commercialization of an anti-fog film it designed especially for COVID-19 protection equipment, such as safety face shields and goggles, used in frontline work environments.

Lexan HP92AF features a one-sided coating that extends the time-to-fog even at very high ambient humidity, ensuring long-lasting optical clarity. The product has confirmed its superior anti-fog performance in extensive testing under the harshest conditions. It does not exhibit any hazing at saturation as could be observed with competitive materials. Moreover, the anti-fog coating technology has no compromising effect on the abrasion resistance and impact strength of the polycarbonate film.

“We have identified a gap in the market when it comes to the effective protection of frontline workers against the COVID-19 pathogen. In work environments subjected to sudden temperature changes and high humidity, visors and safety goggles often fail to provide adequate long-term anti-fog performance. This forces workers to either not wear such visors and safety goggles at all or to take these off for frequent wiping,” said Ahmet Kizilirmakli, senior business manager Americas, SABIC.

“Our new Lexan HP92AF anti-fog film offers the solution many companies have been looking for. Excellent optical quality and high-impact strength of polycarbonate combined with our advanced anti-fog technology make the product the ultimate choice for face shields and other clear view personal protection equipment with long-lasting optical clarity in these environments,” he added.

Besides visors, face masks and safety goggles, other targeted applications include motorcycle visors, ski goggles, automotive cluster lenses, medical instrument lenses and displays as well as industrial lenses.

SABIC’s new anti-fog film product shows excellent die cutting and printability. The anti-fog film is thermoformable and withstands repeated cleaning with lukewarm water, mild soap solutions, or common glass cleaners.

With a width of 48 inches, Lexan HP92AF is globally available in a wide range of gauges from 7 to 30 mil (178 to 752 µm).

“The rapid commercialization of Lexan HP92AF anti-fog film underscores our commitment to helping our customers enhance the protection of frontline workers against COVID-19,” said Mark Troszak, film segment leader at SABIC.

“In high-humidity environments, the time-to-fog makes a difference. This product can ensure optimum optical clarity over extended periods, allowing the users of face shields and other transparent safety equipment to concentrate on their jobs safely without being impaired by fogging,” he added.

Troszak said that SABIC has the capability to satisfy customer-specific requirements by adapting this technology to other existing Lexan-coated film solutions.