Borouge talks innovation ADID

Working closely with the oil and gas industry, Borouge has focussed strongly on innovation when it comes to plastics solutions. Innovation is an integral part of its business and Dr. Thorsten Loehl, Vice President Innovation, at Borouge will be speaking at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit about how Borouge, using this business model, delivers new solutions to meet the evolving market demands.

Thortsen Loehl

Dr Thorsten Loehl talks innovation at ADID

Those visiting the summit will learn how Borouge creates a continuous pipeline of development with ongoing rejuvenation of its product portfolio. They will also be given an insight into how Borouge focuses on unmet customer needs and tackles some of the very specific challenges faced by numerous different industries. For example, in pipeline infrastructure there is a clear need for low sagging pipe extrusion. The challenge is to reduce the volume of material required while maintaining or improving the material properties for the application.

Packaging is another area where Borouge has great success in re-defining benchmarks for excellence. Whether for consumer or industrial use, creating materials that have a lower gauge than traditional solutions while still meeting required stretching, impact resistance, etc. characteristics, means customers can save millions in packaging and shipment costs. Sustainability is another important consideration for packaging solutions where Borouge is helping many customers move away from complex, multi-material package solutions to practical, single material ones that can be easily recycled.

Other current innovations include light-weighting of material through foaming techniques. This interesting area of the plastics business offers benefits in applications from packing to automobiles. Having a good idea, however, is not enough on its own. A complete solution is required to address specific industry challenges – and this is an area where the Borouge way of working ensures a final, saleable, beneficial outcome from its R&D pipeline.

Borouge’s experience and innovation means it has many exciting insights to share that can be applied across many different market sectors. Dr. Loehl is looking to inspire many different conversations and ideas with his talk at the Abu Dhabi International Downstream Summit which runs from 18th-19th September 2017.

Want to learn more about what will feature in this years ADID?

Why not download our brochure here!


Press information contact:

Stephen Ballard +44 1306 882288



Dr Thorsten Loehl 

Vice President Innovation, Borouge 

Thorsten Loehl is Borouge’s Vice President Innovation based in Abu Dhabi since May 2016. He is responsible for leading the Research & Development activities at Borouge Innovation Centre in Abu Dhabi and Application Centre in Shanghai.

Thorsten brings with him a vast international experience in R&D and marketing management with extensive background in specialty and base chemicals including polyolefin and customer goods industry. He is also experienced in the development of new business strategies, deriving innovation strategies and subsequent building and adaptation of existing R&D or marketing units to generate growth.

Prior to joining Borouge, Thorsten was the Executive Vice President Research & Innovation at Swarovski in Austria since 2012 where he was responsible for research, development, engineering and new ventures for Swarovski Professional, supporting all other Business Units as sole research & development centre for the Global Swarovski Group. Before that, Thorsten worked as the Head of Marketing, BU Film & Fibre at Borealis AG from 2010-2012. From 2009 to 2011, he took up the position of head of Innovation & Technology Base Chemicals at Borealis Polyolefine GmbH.

Thorsten started his career in 1995 as Laboratory Leader Corp. R&D at Henkel Germany till 1998. From 1998 to 2009 he acquired various managerial positions including Project Leader Biotechnology at Henkel Americas (1998-1999), Project Leader Henkel Kindai Research Centre Japan, and Group Leader R&D Organic Products at Henkel Germany (1999-2000). In 2000, he moved to Cognis, Henkel’s chemical division later acquired by BASF, in Germany as Group Leader “Formulation 2 (2)

Technology” (2000-2001), Director R&D North Europe (2001-2002), Global Director Corporate R&D Chemistry & Formulation Technology (2003-2004), and Global Director Care Chemicals R&D Chemical Products (2004-2009).

Thorsten holds a Diploma in Chemistry from the University of Münster, Germany, in 1995, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, Magna cum laude, from the same university in 1996, Executive MBA Studies from NIMBAS Universiteit, Graduate School of Management, Utrecht (NL) & University of Bradford (UK) in 2006, and Executive Leadership Studies from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2010. Thorsten is a German national.




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