When SABIC was named Company of the Year by the Chemical Industries Association it completed an incredible 12-month winning streak of prestigious awards for the Teesside chemical company.
Employing 600 staff at its UK base at Wilton, near Redcar, SABIC is celebrating nearly 10 years of operating on Teesside as the firm nears completion of phase1 of the game-changing Teesside Gas Cracking Project.
The conversion of the firm’s iconic Olefins 6 plant to take US shale gas will safeguard thousands of Teesside jobs whilst securing the company’s long-term future in the region.
And the Saudi-owned company’s leading role on Teesside and beyond is being increasingly recognised with a series of industry awards.
SABIC received the national Company of the Year award in recognition of its demonstrated business growth and sustained contribution to the economy.
But SABIC’s recent roll of honour also includes:
• Top Employer of the Year – For a third consecutive year SABIC was rewarded for its employee welfare including working conditions, professional and career development, and culture management.
• CIA Special Responsible Care Award for Process Safety Leadership – for demonstrating excellence in process safety leadership and performance as well as leadership by senior management and engagement of staff at all levels.
• Cogent Gold Standard – awarded to companies that ensure their operators and business practices hit the mark for technical competence, business improvement, compliance, and functional and behavioural practices.
• Better Health at Work Award – in recognition of the efforts of SABIC staff in addressing health issues within the workplace.
• NEPIC Apprentice of the Year – SABIC apprentice Asad Ali received the accolade whilst studying for a HNC in Chemical Engineering.
• Shortlisted for Royal Society of Chemistry Technician of the Year – Olefins 6 lab technician Hallam Wheatley narrowly missed out on this award through his dedication to his work, degree and his role as STEM ambassador.
Awarded to the most outstanding CIA member demonstrating business growth and a sustained contribution to the national economy, the Company of the Year award went to SABIC for the second time in five years after judges praised the company’s support of the wider industry and demonstrated commitment to the UK in recent years.
Along with its investment in Teesside industry, SABIC was praised for its commitment to the Chemistry Growth Partnership and the decarbonisation agenda.
John Bruijnooge, Site Director Teesside, said: “All our employees have contributed to this accolade and I am very proud of their continued commitment.
“After a period of restructuring, we are now strengthening our UK operations with significant investment that will improve the competitiveness of the site for the future.
“SABIC continues to demonstrate its commitment to the UK and its workforce, whilst working closely with our stakeholders and the community in which we operate.”
SABIC employs 600 staff and an additional 400 contractors at its Wilton and North Tees sites, whilst thousands more Teesside jobs are reliant on the company within the wider supply chain, bringing some £400 million into the economy from payroll, utilities, goods and services.
• Pictured (above): Receiving the CIA Company of the Year and Process Safety Leadership awards are SABIC staff, from left: Kathryn Harper, Nicola Duffey, Lee Allcock, John Harrison, Graeme Murtha, John Bruijnooge, Louis Malan, Richard Hodges, Katherine Franklin, Joanna Bamlett, Amanda Garvey Kovac and Claire Wordsworth.