The EQUATE Group today announced its pride for the second invention by an employee to be patented internationally by the U.S. Patent Office. Nabeel Al-Kandari, Electrical Discipline Activity Specialist at EQUATE, invented an anode assembly that creates a cathodic protection to protect offshore steel platforms from corrosion on the long-term.
The invention was made possible thanks to the cooperation between the Company, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) and the Sabah Al-Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity (SACGC). The milestone is a new contribution to the advancement of Kuwait’s Global Innovation Index.
EQUATE Vice President for Technical Services, Nawaf Al-Khaledi, said: “We are very proud at EQUATE to have enabled an environment of innovation and advancement which foster our talented human capital, and we always aim to advance the standards of environment, health, safety and security in our organization as well as the industry at large.”
Nawaf added: “On behalf of everyone, I extend our congratulations on the new invention to Nabeel Al-Kandari and every EQUATER who contributes to our success.”
Speaking of this invention, Nabeel Al-Kandari said: “The assembly implements safety procedures, and takes into consideration cost control and maintenance. The invention will enable EQUATE to reduce maintenance time from 400 hours to 2 hours only”.
This is the second invention by an employee at EQUATE to be patented internationally. The first invention was by Saheem Al-Hajery, who was a Senior Discipline Activity Specialist at EQUATE before he retired, and was patented in 2017.
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The EQUATE Group is a global producer of petrochemicals and the world’s second largest producer of ethylene glycol (EG). The EQUATE Group owns and operates industrial complexes in Kuwait, North America and Europe that annually produce over 6 million tons of ethylene, EG, polyethylene (PE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), styrene monomer (SM), paraxylene (PX), heavy aromatics (HA) and benzene (BZ). The EQUATE Group includes EQUATE Petrochemical Company (EQUATE), The Kuwait Olefins Company (TKOC), as well as a number of subsidiaries such as MEGlobal and Equipolymers. Their products are marketed throughout Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The EQUATE Group’s shareholders are Petrochemical Industries Company (PIC), The Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Boubyan Petrochemical Company (BPC) and Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company (QPIC). Employing more than 1,500 people worldwide, the EQUATE Group is a leading enterprise that pursues sustainability wherever it operates through partnerships in fields that include the environment, economy and society. Visit www.equate.com .