About Us

Petrochem Middle East (PME) is the largest independent Chemical Distributor in the Middle East and 11th largest in the world.

OUR STORY
The Largest Chemical Distributor
In Middle East and Africa

ICIS Chemical Journal (June 2022)

Established in the year 1995 in the United Arab Emirates, the Company has fast transformed the petrochemical business in the region with its wide product range and unique service proposition. We adhere to stringent quality, health and safety regulations and ensure safe and efficient operation at our facilities. We are ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, OHSAS 18001 certified.

We have offices across UAE, India, China, Singapore and associate offices in United Kingdom, Antwerp and Egypt.

Jebel Ali Terminal
Our Terminal is a state of the art facility in Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone, which handles more than 180 variants of chemicals. Established in 1999, the existing facility includes 3 dedicated Jetty pipe lines, 23 bulk storage tanks for import and storage of products in bulk with total storage capacity to 25650m3, drumming facility, tanker/ISO tanks loading gantry with top loading arms, 5 Canopies for storage of NFPA class 1 B & C chemicals with approx. 35,000 drums storage capacity, a state of the art firefighting system covering all areas with foam and sprinkler and all other associated infrastructural facilities. The terminal exports more than 1,000,000 metric tonnes of products to all the corners of the world.

The dedicated and ultra-modern fleet of road tankers and large trailer trucks, as well as our in-house logistics and operations department ensure quick and on time deliveries.

Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Inception of Petrochem
 
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Established distribution
terminal in Jebel Ali
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Launched
Singapore operations
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Launch of tank farms
at Jebel Ali Terminal
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Established additional tanks
in Jebel Ali
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Launched
India operations
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Completed
10 successful years
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Launched
China operations
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Joint venture in Egypt
for tank farms
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Launched
Taiwan operations
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Expansion of tank farms
in Jebel Ali
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Completed
20 glorious years
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Joint venture in
Saudi Arabia with Hoyer
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Completed
25 years
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Launched our 2nd and
Egypt’s largest terminal, in Port Said
Evolution of Petrochem
It is our vision to be the Partner of Choice. Petrochem is built on its commitment to deliver. We are a goal focuses organization providing exceptional marker access to our principals, best in class products and services to our customers and high return on investment to our shareholders.
Announced 2nd terminal
in Jebel Ali, our largest till date,
scheduled for completion in 2025
Leadership Team

Yogesh Mehta

Chief Executive Officer
Driven by passion and a need to succeed, Yogesh Mehta (Yogi) established Petrochem Middle East in 1995.
Petrochem Middle East has since grown from strength-to-strength to become the largest independent petrochemical distributor in the Middle East, with a state-of-the-art storage terminal for bulk and drum chemicals. A Harvard Business School Alumnus, Yogi’s success story has been widely documented, and in 2010 he was ranked seventh in the Arabian Business Indian Power List. He strongly believes that the organization’s success has been the result of forecasting and anticipating market and customer needs. He is an enthusiast of “the people”, constantly asserting that his employees are the business’s greatest assets. His grasp on the dynamics of the chemical industry and on building a strong reputation with buyers and sellers in the fraternity has raised the company to new heights.

Rohan Y. Mehta

Business Development Director

As a hands-on shareholder and rising member of Mehta’s next generation, Rohan brings energy and ambition to the Group. In addition to leading Business Development, he wears numerous executive hats.

As Petrochem crafts its new vision, Rohan and his dynamic team are focused on shaping the building blocks for the future. Learning from Petrochem’s past success, Rohan has carefully anchored innovation, digital fitness and relationships at the organization’s core to create an optimal environment for diversification, integration and sustainable success. An Honours graduate in Economics from Northeastern University, Boston, he spent 2 years in Dallas, TX gaining international experience and exposure at OQ Chemicals (formerly Oxea Chemicals) before returning to his hometown of Dubai and starting his journey at Petrochem. An avid learner, Rohan is enrolled at Harvard Business School as he follows in his father’s footsteps in becoming an HBS alumnus.

Venu Nayar

Group Commercial Director

Venu has been with Petrochem Middle East since its inception and has played a crucial role in taking the business from a start-up trading company to a global enterprise.
Along with driving the organization’s global sales force, Venu also focusses on maintaining relationships with manufacturers and suppliers, and setting budgets and targets for the sales team globally. A Harvard Business School Alumnus as well as a graduate of Bangalore University, Venu has a total of almost three decades of experience in the chemical trading industry. His expertise in key account management and strategy, as well as his keen leadership skills and knack for innovation, have rendered him indispensable to Petrochem Middle East.

Mark Hawkes

Chief Financial Officer
Mark has been with the organization since 2014 and provides direction and guidance in all areas of finance and business. His experience covers a variety of different industries, including Oil & Gas, Construction, Investment Management, Supply Chain, Logistics and Shipping.
During the course of his career, he has led the finance functions in various organizations such as Delmas Shipping (part of CMA / CGM), Maersk, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Dubai World – Istithmar in the UAE.

Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant from South Africa and holds a postgraduate diploma in Accounting & Taxation from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa.

Nazan Nobakht

Group Chartering & Logistics Director
Nazan has been with the organization since 2011 and oversees all activities relating to bulk liquid chartering as well as the full cycle of all materials’ logistics along the supply chain. With more than 20 years in the industry, she has worked in various capacities, primarily for shipping companies. Prior to joining Petrochem, she spent eight years at Hoyer Odfjell Dubai, where she moved through the ranks to become a Senior in the field of Logistics, Supply Chain and Chartering.
Nazan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and has also obtained a Master of Business Administration in Business Management.

Suresh Krishnan

Sales Director

Suresh has been with the organization since 1999 and leads market research, forging and maintaining relationships with customers and overseeing operations in the sales division of the company.
Suresh has worked in different capacities in top management positions at leading industrial houses in India, including Goodlas Nerolac (now known as Kansai Paints), Garware Paints and Kirloskar Brothers. Suresh qualified as a Paint Technologist from the well-renowned University Department of Chemical Technology in Mumbai and a Master of Marketing Management from the prestigious Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, in 1994.

Ramesh Mahajan

Group Terminal Manager
Ramesh has been with the organization since 2004 and heads the Terminal operations while complying with safety and quality standards and managing a multi-disciplinary team.
Ramesh holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from Pune University, India. For 12 years, Ramesh was employed at Aegis Logistics in Mumbai, India, his last position being Senior Manager of Operations. Collectively, Ramesh has 30+ years of industry experience, and his contribution to Petrochem has been invaluable. His core competencies include planning, resource utilization, quality management, logistics and manpower management. Ramesh is also involved in financial planning for Logistics; this entails cost control activities and budgeting with internal departments and external parties. He has also been key to ensuring that the business meets health, safety and environmental standards, resulting in Petrochem obtaining its relevant ISO and CDI-T certifications.

Hema Pande

Group Head- Human Resources
Hema has been with the organization since 2020 and is focused on harnessing the organization’s people potential. Through her core competencies of business partnering and leadership development, she creates winning strategies for employees and the business to grow and develop competencies for the future.
Hema has 20 years of experience in FMCG, Financial Services and Telecom & Retail. She has had long leadership stints with brands like NIVEA and Citi, where she built long-term sustainable capabilities, including scaling the supply chain, logistics and manufacturing. Her previous role was Organization Development Director at Beiersdorf. Hema is a Commerce graduate, has a Master’s degree in Human Resources and is a certified Hogan practitioner for psychometrics and coaching.

Samit Jha

Group Head- Information Technology
Samit joined the organization in 2022 and is responsible for the end-to-end digital transformation to maximize opportunities for Petrochem’s growth. Samit’s broad international experience and track record in driving change at scale are critical to the transformation of Petrochem into a future-fit, purpose-led, fully digitized organization at the leading edge of the industry.
Samit has held various management roles across Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Before joining Petrochem, Samit was the International Director of IT for Laticrete International. Over the years, he has worked across IT & Digital Transformation, High-Growth Strategies, ERP & CRM Implementation, Global Program Management, Business Value Delivery and Change Management. Samit has an Engineering degree in Electronics & Telecommunications and a Master’s degree in Marketing Management.

Manish Sanghvi

Country Manager- India
Manish joined Petrochem in 2004 and played a crucial role in setting up the business for Petrochem in India, from registration to a million-dollar turnover year on year.
Manish’s key responsibilities at Petrochem involve forging new relationships with suppliers and customers, market analysis, as well as maintaining complete control over the business.
Manish is a veteran in the chemical distribution industry in India with over 25 years of experience. Manish has a Diploma in Export from the Indo–American Institute and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai’s distinguished Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics. His employment history includes a year at Overseas Polymer Pvt Ltd., where he turned around the chemical distribution division of the business. Manish was also a partner and director at ECHJAY Chem Impex Pvt Ltd., among others. With his crucial skill of developing and running profit centers, Manish is a core asset to Petrochem.

Nancy Lee

Country Manager- China
Nancy has been with the organization since 2007, when Petrochem started operations from its China office in Shanghai. She is dedicated to business development and enhancing cooperation with local suppliers and customers. She leads many aspects of business, her core competencies being supplier management, market analysis, cost optimization and risk control.
Nancy majored in International Trade and Economics and got her bachelor’s degree in 2004 and her Master’s degree from Tongji University – one of the top ten business schools in China.
Manish’s key responsibilities at Petrochem involve forging new relationships with suppliers and customers, market analysis, as well as maintaining complete control over the business.

Manish has a Diploma in Export from the Indo – American Institute as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai’s distinguished Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics. His employment history includes a year at Overseas Polymer Pvt Ltd. where he turned around the chemical distribution division of the business around. Manish was also a partner and director at ECHJAY Chem Impex Pvt Ltd. among others. With his key skill of developing and running profit centers, Manish is a core asset to Petrochem.