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Saudi Arabia, China Launch Nonmetallic Excellence and Innovation Center

Saudi Arabia, China Launch Nonmetallic Excellence and Innovation Center

Wednesday, 12 January, 2022 - 09:00
The Aramco logo is pictured at the oil facility in Khurais, Saudi Arabia October 12, 2019. (Reuters)

Saudi Aramco and the China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) announced Tuesday the launch of NEXCEL, a new Nonmetallic Excellence and Innovation Center, to further advance the use of nonmetallic materials in the building and construction sector.

NEXCEL will leverage CBMA's expertise and resources to promote the development and application of nonmetallic technologies that offer better advantages than their metal alternatives.

The new center of excellence joins the Aramco launched NIC: Nonmetallic Innovation Center and, NEx: A Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials.

Ahmad Al-Saadi, Senior Vice President of Technical Services at Aramco, said: "We are excited to be part of this important initiative with the China Building Materials Academy… Given the advantages of nonmetallics, we believe that this new Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials will catalyze a wide range of exciting new opportunities."

Zhan Yanjing, Vice President of the China National Building Material Group (CNBM), said: "It is my honor to witness this historic strategic cooperation with Aramco... CBMA will provide great support to NEXCEL, and create an open and innovative environment, helping NEXCEL make greater contributions to global sustainable development."

CBMA has excellent technical resources and has launched a variety of similar initiatives with international organizations, and these initiatives have made great contributions to sustainable development of the building materials sector globally.

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