Fintech Tour 20 to spotlight industry trends & skills

The tour consists of free lectures, panel discussions and workshops in Arabic and English on topics related to fintech, led by local and international experts.
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Updated 16 November 2020

Fintech Tour 20 to spotlight industry trends & skills

Fintech Saudi, an initiative launched by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to support the growth of the fintech industry in Saudi Arabia, has announced the third annual Fintech Tour, to be held from Nov. 29 to Dec. 10.

Fintech Tour is the region’s largest cluster of fintech events. The tour consists of free lectures, panel discussions and workshops in Arabic and English on topics related to fintech, led by local and international experts and open to everyone to attend.

Fintech Tour 20 will build on the success of Fintech Tour 19, which consisted of events across the GCC and attracted more than 3,000 participants. This year, Fintech Tour 20, which will be held virtually, will have 24 events with over 50 local and international expert speakers focused on the following themes: Fintech Trends, Saudi Deep Dives, and Entrepreneurship Skills.

Highlights include guest lectures from internationally renowned fintech and entrepreneurship experts, panel discussions with high profile fintech founders, investors and influencers, a public presentation of Project Aber, an overview of fintech regulations from SAMA and CMA, a case study on Greensill, the first fintech unicorn to begin operations in Saudi Arabia and a workshop with four of the leading fintech hubs in the Middle East.

“Fintech Tour 20 will bring together experts to spread awareness about important fintech trends, support entrepreneurs with workshops on core skills and provide a better understanding about the fintech developments occurring in Saudi Arabia. Aligned to the interests of the G20 countries to support the development of the fintech industry, we need to inspire more people to learn about fintech. The tour is a great opportunity for anyone that wants to be part of this fast-paced and exciting industry and we invite everyone to join in the experience,” said Nejoud Almulaik, director of Fintech Saudi.

Fintech Tour 20’s partners include: SAMA, CMA, Saudi Payments, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Financial Academy, Central Bank of Egypt/ Fintech Egypt, Abu Dhabi Global Market, Arab National Bank, BIAC, Banque Saudi Fransi, Cander, e’jamia, Elmangos Ventures, FinMirai, Fintech Galaxy, Flat6Labs, Forus, Global Ventures, Greensill, Impact 46, Islamic Development Bank, Just Innovate, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, My Courier, Oracle, PwC, Qoyod, Raed Ventures, Riyadh Angel Investors, Raqqamyah, Sarwa, Singapore Management University, STC Pay, Taibah Valley, Tamweel, The Fintech Times, and Wethaq.

Those interested to find out more about Fintech Tour 20 and to register for the events, can visit www.fintechsaudi.com/tour.


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.