[Sponsored Report] For SK Group, collaboration is key
One of the most successful examples of Global Partnering is SK Innovation’s polyethylene venture with Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, (SABIC). Although SABIC is the world’s largest ethylene producer, it lacked the technology to create high-performance polyethylene, which its rival companies Dow Chemical and ExxonMobil have.
SK, on the other hand, had its own technology to produce Nexlene, a high-performance plastic that can be applied to films, auto parts, clothes and cable coverings. However, the company was short on global awareness. The high price of ethylene was also an obstacle that kept the company from competing in the global market. The combination of the two companies was ideal, as each of them had what the other needed.
The group chairman, Chey Tae-won, played a crucial role in establishing the bond. While the company advisers were leaning toward making an independent domestic production line, Chey was determined to find a partner for SK. “Business limited inside the nation cannot outrun the competitors in the international market,” Chey said. “Even a top company with its own technology cannot excel in everything on its own.”
SK’s partnership with JX Energy, Japan’s largest energy company, is also a perfect symbiosis. SK Global Chemical’s paraxylene plant with JX Energy is an opportunity for the energy company to sell the source material for the production of raw material of plastic products. For SK, it was a great opportunity to secure base material for its production from a nearby country.
Another example is the company’s Chinese partner Sinopec, the largest state-run petroleum group, which joined SK in building an ethylene plant in Wuhan. The plant fulfilled the Chinese government’s plan to develop mainland China and SK’s aim to expand into the Chinese market.
The company also strives to build essential infrastructure such as energy and information-communication for overseas government bodies. It is currently working on a thermal power plant and an undersea tunnel in Turkey.