In the framework of the keenness of Pharos University to support the Egyptian industry, the faculty of Engineering organized a workshop entitled “Biodegradable Plastics and the Technology of Additives”, in cooperation with:

  • Plastics Technology Center in Alexandria which is affiliated to the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
  • USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development Project (SEED).
  • Chamber of Chemical Industries.
  • Value Chain Development Center affiliated to the NilePreneurs Initiative.


This workshop was held on 3-5 November 2019. It aimed to introduce the technology of additives for biodegradable plastics to plastic manufacturers in Merghem plastic complex. The workshop proceedings were kicked off by Prof. Mohamed Gaber, the Dean of the faculty of Engineering, Eng. Diaa El Din Hamza, the Executive Manager of the Chamber of Chemical Industries, Dr. Ahmed Abd El Qader, the Manager of the Plastic Technology Center, Eng. Mohamed El Hussieny, a representative of the USAID’s SEED project and Mr. Ahmed Farouk, a representative of the NilePreneurs Initiative.


During the workshop, Dr. Irene Samy Fahim, an assistant professor in the Industrial and Service Engineering Department in the Nile University, gave a lecture on the new technologies in using additives to produce biodegradable plastics and paints instead of conventional plastics. She also spoke about how to encourage enterprises and companies to use biodegradable plastics and paints and to reduce the cost of its production. In addition, a number of participating companies presented some studies for their production of biodegradable plastics and paints, in the presence of a number of the representatives of different industrial bodies and the university faculty members and teaching assistants.

At the end of the workshop, Prof. Mohamed Gaber, the faculty Dean gave certificates to the attendees and commemorative shields to the parties involved in organizing the event in recognition of their effective efforts to support the Egyptian industry and the localization of modern technologies.