Further to earlier local newspaper reports implicating Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in a bidding competition to own the Suez Steel Factory in Egypt.
SABIC wishes to clarify that it had requested the respective memorandum of information pertaining to the Suez Steel Plant in order to study the economic feasibility of the project.
However, SABIC has decided against bidding in this project. SABIC has strategic plans in place to expand its iron and steel capabilities and will continue to explore other opportunities.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is the largest public company in the Middle East, ranked by market capitalization (more than US$ 150 billion), and one of the world’s 10 largest petrochemicals manufacturers. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene, glycols, methanol, MTBE and fertilizers as well as the fourth largest polymer producer.
SABIC’s profit rose to a record SR 19.2 billion (US$ 5.1 billion) in 2005, a 35% increase on 2004 and the company’s highest profit since inception. Sales revenues for 2005 totaled SR 78.3 billion (US$ 20.8 billion), making SABIC the largest and most profitable public company in the Middle East.
SABIC operates six interlinked strategic business units: Basic Chemicals, Intermediates, Polyolefins, PVC and Polyester, Fertilizers and Metals. The company has significant research resources and has dedicated Research and Technology centers in Riyadh, Geleen in the Netherlands, Houston USA and Vadodara in India. SABIC has more than 17,000 employees worldwide.
SABIC has two large production sites in Saudi Arabia – in Al-Jubail and in Yanbu – comprising 18 world-scale complexes. Some of these complexes are operated with multi-national joint venture partners such as Exxon Mobil, Shell and Mitsubishi Chemicals. SABIC’s overall production capacity has increased from 35.4 million metric tons in 2001 to 46.7 million metric tons of production in 2005.
Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70% of SABIC shares with the remaining 30% held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
SABIC Europe, headquartered in Sittard, the Netherlands, employs nearly 2,450 people and operates two petrochemical production sites in Geleen, the Netherlands and Gelsenkirchen in Germany for the production of polypropylenes, polyethylenes and liquid hydrocarbons. These are marketed by its European network of sales offices and logistical hubs. In 2005, SABIC Europe produced 2.5 million metric tons of polyolefins and 3.1 million metric tons of basic chemicals, mainly for the European market.