Saudi processors get All-Around(er) look at molding


The region long has had access to the oil needed to create petrochemicals, increasingly petrochemical and plastic plants are being built there, and the governments in the region, especially in Saudi Arabia, are strongly supporting creation of a plastics processing community in the Gulf Region. Training workers for the industry is a high priority.

As we have reported before, the Higher Institute for Plastics Fabrication (HIPF) in Riyadh, a joint project between Saudi Arabia and Japan, was created to help train employees for jobs within plastics processing facilities. German machine manufacturers moved quickly to offer their support to the HIPF, which opened in mid-2007, with Polyrema, a member of the Reifenhäuser group of companies (Troisdorf, Germany), delivering 15 blown-film lines to the HIPF, Kautex delivering 15 KCC extrusion blowmolding units and 45 blow molds to Saudi Arabia for installation in the vocational training center, and injection molding machinery manufacturer Arburg supplying 15 of its Allrounder injection molding machines.
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