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Saudi Arabia’s first polyols plant comes on-stream

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Sadara Chemical Co. has started up Saudi Arabia’s first polyols plant.

The facility produces specialty chemicals that go into the production of polyurethanes and specialty foams.

The polyols plant is one of the last of Sadara’s 26 chemical facilities to start up. It is also one of the company’s 14 facilities that will produce specialty chemicals never before produced in Saudi Arabia.

Sadara CEO, Ziad Al-Labban, said: “The polyols facility will enable manufacturers in Saudi Arabia to obtain the specialty chemicals needed for a broad spectrum of applications. This will help create new industries domestically as well as generate enormous job opportunities for the Kingdom’s young professionals.”

Sadara has two polyol trains that use propylene oxide and ethylene oxide to produce multiple grades of polyether polyols. The products are used in a broad range of industrial applications, including the production of specialty foams for trim and seating applications, TDI molding and formulating systems, noise/vibration/harshness molding, flexible molding, high-resiliency molded foams and more.

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