Borouge, a leading provider of innovative, value creating plastics solutions, is participating in the second annual Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), taking place from June 22 to 26 2009 at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore. For the second year running, SIWW brings together experts and policymakers to address the world's toughest water challenges and showcase the latest technologies in the water world. This year, the main Water Convention is themed "Sustainable Cities - Infrastructure and Technologies for Water" and Borouge's technical paper highlighted how high-quality innovative plastics pipe systems can substantially contribute to sustainability initiatives.
Aging water supply systems in modern cities can lose up to 40% of their water due to leaks and cracks. Borouge's polyethylene, based on its unique enhanced Borstar technology, can improve by a factor eight the water efficiency of distribution networks. Earlier this year, Borouge strengthened its commitment to its customers in the South East Asia region by investing in a logistics hub in Singapore that will provide local logistics and distribution services when it becomes operational in mid-2010. This hub will provide packaging and warehousing facilities for a total annual volume of approximately 330,000 tonnes of polyolefins per year.
Since its inception in October 2007, Borouge and Borealis have successfully completed several Water for the World field projects in distressed areas around the world and specifically in China. In May 2008, Borouge brought its Water for the World efforts to Sichuan, China through the Drop of Hope project to benefit the many villagers affected by a major earthquake in the region. Borouge has also helped enable the delivery of tap water to some 3,000 homes in Malkapur in India's Maharashtra state. Durable pipes made from Borouge's high-quality polyethylene material now provide every household in the village with fresh water around the clock, seven days a week.