Editor's Comment: Hoping for a more progressive and sustainable year

Welcome to the January 2019 issue of Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.

Martin Menachery, editor, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.
Martin Menachery, editor, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East.

I had the opportunity to be abreast of every development in the downstream industry in the Middle East as well as around the world, as the editor of this magazine for the last two years. As I mentioned in this space last month, some of the key transformational recent developments in the industry are renewed focus on the downstream sector by prominent players, proposed acquisition of SABIC by Saudi Aramco, the COTC project being developed jointly by Saudi Aramco and SABIC, the advantage for the complex Middle Eastern refineries due to IMO sulphur regulation, global investment endeavours by the key Middle East downstream players, and the drive of industry to incorporate digitalisation as a key enabler.

Meanwhile, Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East – in its twelfth year of publication – has emerged as the premier source of authentic news, data and analyses for the region’s downstream professionals. In our pursuit to deliver valuable information to our readers, through interviews of business leaders, columns by domain experts, articles from professionals, reports of industry bodies, analyses by renowned forecasters, and data from reputed market research organisations, we have created a trusted platform for the Middle East downstream industry community for expressing their voice. I would like this magazine to be driven by this community and that can happen only through your active participation.

I will continue with the endeavour to showcase the complex dynamics of the Middle East refining and petrochemical business, its innovations, success stories, leaders, projects, technologies, etc., but with more novel features and insights, and active contribution and participation by the region’s downstream industry community. We intend to conduct a Readership Survey in the near future to understand better the informational requirements of our audience.

Meanwhile, your comments, ideas, suggestions and criticism to enhance the usefulness of the print and digital versions of Refining & Petrochemicals Middle East are most welcome.

I hope 2019 will be a more productive, progressive, profitable and sustainable year for the Middle East downstream industry.

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