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Sabic launches Saudi Arabia's first N95 masks

03 Jan '22
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Sabic’s journey toward localising the production of hygiene and personal protection equipment reached an important milestone when a local medical products company applied its polymer solutions to produce N95 masks in Saudi Arabia for the first time. A leading petrochemicals manufacturer, Sabic is a public company based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Using Sabic’s polypropylene material, the Saudi Mais company produced the N95 masks in collaboration with Demas Factory for non-woven fabrics and obtained the necessary approvals after conforming to the Saudi Food and Drug Authority specifications, the company said in a press release.

A team from Sabic recently visited Demas and Mais factories where they met with plant executives who valued Sabic’s efforts in producing the raw materials to manufacture the N95 masks entirely from innovative materials made in Saud Arabia. They stressed that this successful engagement reflected the importance of collaboration between the private and public sectors to support national products and localise the hygiene and personal protection equipment industry.

Sabic launched a Hygiene and Healthcare unit in September to further expand its market focus and adopt innovation to respond promptly to customer needs and provide more focused solutions. The aim was to keep pace with the world’s changing requirements by promoting the contribution of petrochemicals to the medical  equipment sector. It was especially necessitated after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, affecting the global supply chains of hygiene products and leading to severe restrictions on medical product exports in many countries.

“Sabic is strongly committed to contributing toward achieving Saudi Vision 2030 goals through NUSANED, a Sabic national initiative that enables the development of strategic industries and supports Saudi companies to maximise local content. He said that Sabic is working closely with local manufacturers to create innovative and sustainable solutions and is developing the necessary raw materials to produce quality products,” Yousef Al-Benyan, Sabic vice chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

“The local production of masks is an important step in localising medical products that contribute toward improving public health. He noted that the NUSANED initiative covers a wide base of entrepreneurs and manufacturers to help localise strategic industries and transfer the necessary technologies,” Al-Benyan said.

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