May 16, 2020

SABIC to improve standards in Saudi Arabia’s construction industry

Saudi Arabia
Construction standards
Sophie Chapman
1 min
SABIC and SCA to better construction practices in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has been appointed to improve construction standards in Saudi Arabia by the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA...

Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) has been appointed to improve construction standards in Saudi Arabia by the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA).

SCA and SABIC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the latter share its knowledge to batter practises.

The MoU also targets the safety of construction projects across the country, with the industry forming the kingdom’s second largest non-oil economic sector.

Ultimately, SABIC and SCA’s partnership targets Saudi Arabia’s economy-focused Vision 2030 agenda.


On behalf of SABIC, Eng Omar Al-Amoudi, the firm’s Executive Vice President for Engineering and Project Management, signed the agreement along with SCA’s Secretary General, Eng Thabet bin Mubarak Al Swaid.

Yousef bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan, Vice President at SABIC, noted the MoU would “support and guide” the kingdom’s construction sector.

The firm’s “extensive experience in construction, project management, contracting, sustainability, and the qualification and selection of contractors” would be provided in the agreement.

More than 5,000 projects are in Saudi Arabia’s construction pipeline, which contribute to 35% of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) total active project volume.

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Jun 3, 2021

uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Round up of this week's launches covers uPVC piping, safety glasses and new Spetz app

This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.

Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.

Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.

Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.

Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility. 

"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”

Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.


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