Muhammad Al-Mady, CEO of SABIC and deputy chairman of its board, said recently that his organization has agreed with Saudi Aramco to provide them with SABIC products to build 11 new state-of-the-art stadiums in January.
Al-Mady said that SABIC products are renowned internationally for their world-class standards and have been used in about 50 stadiums globally including South Africa in the 2010 World Cup as well as stadiums in Germany and Brazil.
“Our products have also been used in the Olympic Stadium in Sydney, Australia, Barcelona, Spain, and China’s Chongqing, as well as the UEFA European Championship in Portugal in 2004, Switzerland, Austria in 2008, Poland and Ukraine in 2012,” he said.
He added that he hoped that the coordination between SABIC and Aramco would result in the petroleum company’s contractors using their products to build the 11 new stadiums.
Explaining further, Al-Mady said: “SABIC’s products are made of engineered plastic materials, known as polycarbonate, which is a tough and durable plastic popularly used in many of the world’s sport stadiums and golf clubs. The products are transparent, useful for lighting and obscuring dust and often installed in ceilings and walls of stadiums.”
Light-weight with a high rigidity which is 250 times harder than glass, they are less prone to breakage and are shock-resistant. Due to their ability to withstand high temperatures, they provide thermal insulation which reduces the need for cooling systems and also cuts down energy consumption.
“They are efficient, allow natural light, are easy to install in addition to great aesthetic features,” Al-Mady said. He noted that a cooperation between Saudi Aramco and SABIC would be in the interest of the country.