SABIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with hte in Heidelberg, Germany on September 5 to establish a satellite laboratory for high throughput experimentation to increase its R&D efficiency. hte is a leading high throughput experimentation company that provides a valuable upside to heterogeneous catalysis and enables fast track R&D.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Ernesto Occhiello, EVP, Technology & Innovation, and Dr. Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte GmbH.
Under the MoU, hte will provide a technology platform to support SABIC in catalysis R&D. This will include advanced testing equipment which will be hosted exclusively at hte’s newly constructed laboratory building in Heidelberg, Germany. SABIC will benefit from a unique R&D environment with dedicated high throughput experimentation laboratories and specialized personnel. hte’s offering encompasses additionally state-of-the-art workshops, infrastructure, technology, service, and catalysis expertise.
The key principle of high throughput experimentation (HTE) is parallelization. Thus, performing of more than hundreds of experiments under varying industrially relevant conditions is highly economical. It decreases cost for development of new catalysts and chemical processes considerably and ultimately their time-to-market.
Commenting on the MoU, Dr. Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC Executive Vice President, Technology & Innovation, said the memorandum is in line with SABIC’s 2025 strategy for the growth of petrochemicals and meeting the future challenges of R&D. “We are happy to continue our collaboration with hte which we consider a forefront provider of modern R&D solutions and technology. An innovative partner like hte will indeed add value to our business in the long term, and this will enhance our innovation pace significantly.”
Dr. Wolfram Stichert, CEO at hte said, "This MoU is the result of a long-term business relationship between SABIC and hte. The commitment for further cooperation will take our relationship to the next level. We are proud to be a preferred R&D collaboration partner for SABIC."
The signing ceremony
(front row, left to right): Ernesto Occhiello, SABIC; Wolfram Stichert, hte;
(back row, left to right) Torsten Mäurer, hte; Khalid Karim, SABIC; Sascha Vukojevic, hte;
Fuad Mohammed Mosa, SABIC; Jens Klein, hte
hte – the high throughput experimentation company is a leading provider of technology solutions and services for customers in the energy, refinery, chemicals and environmental sectors. Thanks to hte’s products and services, R&D in the area of heterogeneous catalysis has become considerably faster and more productive. Its product portfolio comprises both R&D solutions – implementation of research cooperation at hte’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Heidelberg and technology solutions – tailor-made integrated workflows including hardware and software solutions, installed and ready for use on site at the customer’s premises. With its high-quality services, hte supports its customers in the search for solutions to global challenges such as climate and environmental protection, energy efficiency and mobility. Its close ties with BASF guarantee long-term orientation and stability.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers. SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 25.3 billion (US$ 6.7 billion) in 2013. Sales revenues for 2013 totaled SR 189 billion (US$ 50.4 billion). Total assets stood at SR 339.1 billion (US$ 90.4 billion) at the end of 2013. SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 19 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India, China and South Korea. The company operates in more than 45 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide. SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
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