“We must accelerate our joint efforts in creating partnerships through consolidation and portfolio exchange. This will create scale and value for our players.”
H.E. Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA
Winning through Strategic Partnerships
The Annual GPCA Forum is the foremost gathering of the chemical and petrochemical industry in the Arabian Gulf.
Each year, more than 2,100 international chemical executives gather in Dubai to gain essential information, make new business connections and renew existing relationships.
Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO, SABIC and Chairman, GPCA
Messages from our speakers
Business Centre and Networking Zone
Located on the exhibition floor of the 14th Annual GPCA Forum, the Business Centre and Networking Zone is a feature dedicated to enhance the overall event by offering the delegates a relaxed environment to conduct one-to-one meetings.
The Business Centre and Networking Zone aims at providing an open platform in a relaxed atmosphere for all delegates whilst enabling networking opportunities and business meetings.
The second edition of the GPCA Legacy Award “Al-Rowad” (الرّواد) will focus on recognizing industry pioneers who demonstrated transformational leadership contributing to the growth and success of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region. After careful consideration and rigorous selection process, the honoree will be announced and distinguished as an Arabian Gulf Chemical Pioneer and presented with a trophy at a special award ceremony during the 14th Annual GPCA Forum on 4 December 2019 at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
Leaders of Tomorrow
The Leaders of Tomorrow program is an initiative launched by GPCA and with the support of our members, it aims at building the local human capital in the region. The initiative falls under one of the three pillars of the association which is advocacy by promoting STEM and bridging the gap between academia and the industry. Leaders of Tomorrow is considered as the first official collective step where industry stakeholders collaborate in shaping skills and preparing the future industry leaders with the required skills set.
The chemical industry is embracing innovation to usher a new era of growth. In order to stay ahead of the competition chemical companies are rewriting their business models, adopting digitization and diversifying their product portfolios. At the 14th Annual GPCA Forum, we’re proud to introduce a dedicated ‘Innovation Zone’, an inspiring and interactive space for organizations to showcase their latest and innovative solutions and applications that are contributing or have the potential to contribute to the future success of the industry.
The chemical industry is committed towards contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Governments and businesses have realized the importance of sustainability and are pushing it to encourage the chemical industry to attain a promising, sustainable future. Steadfast in its resolve to support the industry in these endeavours, GPCA is proud to bring back its sustainability initiative on a larger, more enhanced scale this year at the 14th Annual GPCA Forum.
Forum in numbers
Annual GPCA Forum journey
2018 Curtain raiser
Annual GPCA Forum journey
2018 Curtain raiser
“The Annual GPCA Forum is undoubtedly the most important chemical industry forum in our region.
Each time the forum attracts new leaders with fresh perspectives making enriching contributions to our industry.”
H.E. Khalid Al-Falih
Minister of Energy Industry and Mineral Resources
“The 12th Annual GPCA Forum continues to provide an excellent environment to debate and discuss the main issues facing our industry and solutions for the future.”
Dr. Hariolf Kottmann
Clariant and President, CEFIC and ICCA
“The Annual GPCA Forum has rapidly become one of the most important conferences for senior executives of the petrochemical industry from all major regions to gather and discuss important issues and challenges confronting the industry.”
“Since attending my very first GPCA conference over 10 years ago to the recent 11th Annual GPCA Forum, I am continually impressed by the caliber of speakers and the informative presentations that are given at the forum. The gathering is a must attend event for senior executives of the chemical industry.”
President and CEO
“I have attended the Annual GPCA Forum over many years and watched it grow in size and in its importance to the global petrochemical industry. The quality of the debate gets better each year making it one of the key events in the annual industry calendar.”
“The Annual GPCA Forum provides a unique opportunity to interact with and gain key insights from the top leaders in our industry. Since it began in 2006, the conference has grown in size, relevance, and influence each year. It has grown to be one of the premier global conferences in the chemical industry.”
Bhavesh (Bob) Patel
CEO, LyondellBasell and President, International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA)
“The Annual GPCA Forum is the premier petrochemical event globally.”
Exxon Mobil Corporation
“The GPCA has become ‘the voice’ of the chemical industry in the Arabian Gulf region. And this year’s forum arrives at just the right moment to hear about – and discuss – the future of the gulf petrochemical and chemical industry.”
President and Chief Operating Officer
Dow Chemical Company
“The Annual GPCA Forum is an excellent platform for networking. We found all our existing customers and partners together in the forum and within two days, we could meet them all. We will further promote GPCA events in the future.”
Boris van Thiel
CEO MENA Regional Cluster
thyssenkrup Industrial Solutions
“The Annual GPCA Forum is an excellent add-on to our business in this fast expanding and dynamic region. It gives us an opportunity to listen to what regional and global industry leaders plan and think, while meeting new and existing clients to discuss key markets.”
“The Annual GPCA Forum is the place where ideas get the boost to be realized in a common language and where industry players can synergize to accomplish this newly conceived paradigm across the entire value chain, getting the world aware.”
CEO | President
Versalis (Eni) | CEFIC
“With 2,000 people in one place, the Annual GPCA Forum provides a huge opportunity for networking with our peers, colleagues and competitors, but also for meeting our customers.”
“The Annual GPCA Forum is a valuable event, bringing together strong regional perspectives with business and thought leaders from around the world.”
VP Sustainability, Technology and JVs | Chairman
LyondellBasell | World Plastics Council
“The Annual GPCA Forum provides an excellent opportunity to catch up with the latest trends in the global chemical and petrochemical industry. The event is packed with knowledge which offers a unique balance between research and industrial applications.”
Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals
Department of Chemicals and Petro-Chemicals, India
“It was a true honor for me to be at the 13th Annual GPCA Forum for the first time in the presence of global and regional industry leaders. We were brought together by our interest in the GCC as a producer of petrochemicals, and the GPCA is proof that the petrochemical sector is a robust sector in which strong global growth rates are achieved.”
H.E. Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Khalifa
Minister of Oil