Aramco Asia Chemicals hosted a dinner event on the sideline of the International Exhibition on Plastics and Rubber Industries (Chinaplas) held recently in Shanghai, China, to recognize Chinese customers for their years of trust and express appreciation for their support.
This year’s dinner attracted the most attendees ever — more than 150 — thanks to the rapid growth of Aramco Asia’s chemicals sales in recent years. Attendees included customers and distributors alike, while Muhammad A. Al-Arfaj, Aramco Trading Company vice president of Chemicals Sales and Marketing; Fahad A. Al-Othman, Aramco Asia China country manager; Nasser M. Lasloum, ABS Chemicals director; and selected Xiamen branch staff participated from Aramco. The event created an interactive platform to engage top-tier stakeholders and understand their future needs.
Al-Arfaj opened the dinner, expressing the company’s thanks for the long-term support from customers and the promise of many years of collaboration ahead.
“We appreciate our longstanding partnership, and we will continue to be a major contributor in meeting the Chinese and Asian markets’ demand now and into the future. For our existing product lines, we are committed to being your supplier of choice through the enhancement of product quality and efficient delivery,” he said.
A new subsidiary, a new look
Al-Arfaj also made the announcement that Saudi Aramco was in the process of establishing a new subsidiary under the name of Aramco Chemicals Company (ACC) to handle all chemical products globally.
Additionally, a unified bag for Aramco manufactured polymer products was unveiled to strengthen branding and give Aramco Chemicals a strong visual identity.
Al-Arfaj said the volume and product portfolio of the chemicals business will grow at a faster pace following the expansion of Aramco’s joint venture projects such as Petro Rabigh in Saudi Arabia, S-Oil in South Korea, and Marigold in Malaysia.
From importer to exporter
Over the past few years, Aramco has witnessed China’s shift from an importer to a producer and now an exporter of a wide range of polymer products. As China’s economy continues to grow, the chemicals industry in China will remain a critical part of the global market. Therefore, China is and will continue to be a key element of Aramco’s downstream strategy.
Lasloum also expressed his deep appreciation to the company’s partners and customers, saying he was grateful for their contribution and commitment. He added that he felt honored to have so many faithful customers, and looked forward to years of fruitful cooperation to come.
Photo caption: Nasser M. Lasloum speaks with attendees at the appreciation dinner in Shanghai.