Farhan Al Shammari*
GPCA and 2nd largest manufacturing sector in the Arabian Gulf

In 2006, Established the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) represents the hydrocarbon industry in the Arabian Gulf.

The Chairman of Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) is Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman & CEO SABIC.

2nd largest manufacturing sector 

It has more than 250 member companies from the chemical and allied industries considering as the second largest manufacturing sector in the Arabian Gulf region producing over USD 108 billion worth of products a year. 

The GPCA supports the region’s petrochemical and chemical industry through advocacy, networking and thought leadership initiatives by help member companies to share and advance knowledge, and contribute to global dialogue and conferences.

GPCA Committees:

GPCA provides a regional platform for stakeholders from across the industry and manages six working committees: 

1. Plastics

2. Supply Chain 

3. Fertilizers

4. International Trade

5. Research and Innovation

6. Responsible Care 

GPCA Activities & Initiatives:

GPCA is developing seven RC codes of Management practices and SABIC is leading two committees and participation members in all seven committees.

GPCA organizes six world-class events each year and publishes an annual report, regular newsletters and industry reports.

In 2017, GPCA Legacy Initiative and GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” were launched to recognize the pioneers of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region. 

The Award takes place on an annual basis and honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to foster and strengthen the chemical industry in one or more of the GCC states.

Mission of GPCA:

To support the growth and sustainable development of the petrochemical and chemical industries in the Gulf in partnership with our members and other stakeholders.

GPCA’s Objectives:

• To provide effective opportunities for members and industry stakeholders to network, share information and knowledge, and strengthen partnerships

• To develop and advocate common industry positions

• To identify and promote industry best practices

• To champion the Responsible Care Initiative among member companies

• To establish regional industry data and information resources

• To develop credible relationships with regional communities

GPCA is planning to lead and become prime influencers in shaping the future of the global petrochemicals industry in near future.


Farhan Hassan Al Shammari

Twitter: @farhan_959

E-mail: fhshasn@gmail.com

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