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Vol. 25 No. 6
November-December 2003

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Samsung Gives Gift to the IUPAC Macromolecular Division

Steyn presented a plaque to Samsung in appreciation of their gift. At the reception, the plaque was accepted by Prof. Jung-Il Jin, vice president of the Macromolecular Division.

On 9 August 2003, at the Members Reception of the IUPAC General Assembly, IUPAC President Pieter Steyn acknowledged the generous gift of USD 125 000 made by Samsung General Chemicals to the IUPAC Macromolecular Division. Samsung made the contribution in order to support IUPAC's effort to discover and cultivate world-class researchers. In particular, they hope that their financial contribution to IUPAC will assist young research and students in polymer science.

Samsung General Chemicals is an affiliate of Samsung Group, the largest industrial operation in South Korea. The petrochemical complex at Daesan, Korea, annually produces over 2 million tons of basic petrochemicals, olefins, and polyolefins. These products are sold in more than 90 countries all over the world. Samsung General Chemicals has developed and commercialized sophisticated new materials that have major impacts on industry and society.

Samsung Chemicals Chief Executive Officer Ko Hong-Sik commented that the company’s management philosophy stresses application of human resources and technology to create top-quality products and services that can contribute to the well-being of humankind. “We aim,” Hong-Sik said, “to shape a better future for the world taking on all the challenges in front of us in cooperation with our clients.” In his opinion, chemistry supports all the other branches of science and is applied to a broad range of technologies as well as academic research. He also stressed that academia and industry should work together to advance human welfare, and that the development of new environmental, bio, and nano technologies are instrumental in nurturing a safe and protected environment, treasuring natural resources, and improving living conditions.


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