Lockheed Martin partners with King Abdul Aziz University

The agreement was signed during a virtual ceremony attended by senior officials.
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Updated 18 November 2020

Lockheed Martin partners with King Abdul Aziz University

Lockheed Martin, a US-based global technology leader, has entered into an international master research agreement with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz University (KAU). Both entities will focus on research and development initiatives to support the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.

Professor Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Youbi, president of KAU, and Dr. Lawrence Schuette, director of global science and technology, Lockheed Martin Corporation, signed the agreement during a virtual ceremony, with the participation of Joseph Rank, chief executive of Lockheed Martin Saudi Arabia; Professor Yusuf Alturki, vice president for graduate studies and scientific research at KAU; and other officials. The agreement provides a framework to support future projects, with an immediate focus on technology development in areas such as industrial engineering, additive manufacturing, and air vehicle research.

“King Abdul Aziz University is committed to advancing innovation in engineering through technology-focused projects that support Saudi Vision 2030,” said Dr. Al-Youbi. “Cooperating with leading technology companies such as Lockheed Martin will enable us to share expertise in the field of applied research and will provide us with unique opportunities to support the development of Saudi industrial capabilities.”

“King Abdul Aziz University is a leading university in the region, with internationally recognized faculty and advanced research capabilities,” added Dr. Schuette. “Lockheed Martin is extremely proud to support the Kingdom’s research and development efforts with KAU, and we look forward to expanding our engagement with Saudi scientists and engineers to advance the strategic priorities of the country.”

With 25 different research centers, KAU, based in Jeddah, is Saudi Arabia’s premier educational institution focusing on international outreach and collaboration in research and innovation.

As a leading security and aerospace company and supplier of advanced technologies, Lockheed Martin works with leading universities worldwide to sponsor and perform collaborative research for government customers.

Lockheed Martin has been a committed partner to Saudi Arabia since 1965. Today, the company’s presence has moved beyond defense systems to provide various products and services, technical support, and educational expertise to strengthen the Kingdom’s defense industry.


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.