Reinforced Plastics spoke with Gino Francato from SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) about composites manufacturing and current trends in the composite industry.

Q: Please can you start by introducing yourself, telling us about your background and that of SABIC?

I’m the Global Business Leader Composites at SABIC which ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. I have been working for SABIC since May 2013 and I am responsible for the global composites platform and for new business development of advanced composites in Europe.

SABIC is a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We manufacture on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products. SABIC supports customers in identifying and developing opportunities in key end markets such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation, and clean energy.

Q: Could you tell us about the technology you specialize in and its impact?

Our main focus at JEC Composites World 2018 is accelerating the adoption of high quality thermoplastic composites. At SABIC we believe thermoplastic composites are the next generation of lightweight-enabling materials, with adoptions and developments growing in industries from electronics to automotive to aerospace.

We will also be highlighting our capabilities in predictive engineering and process modeling.

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