Ineos rejects 'pathetic' Fearnley-Whittingstall

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TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (pictured above), has criticised the plastic industry and the impact it has on the oceans.

However Tom Crotty, a director at Ineos, rejected the criticism made by the TV chef.

"Taking simplistic views that says plastic equals bad is pretty pathetic really, what you need to say is plastic waste is bad and how do we stop that.

"I think the international tide of opinion is moving against plastic waste, which it should, because plastic waste is a bad thing which needs to be addressed. We're investing millions in investing in new technology that will allow us to recycle plastics.

"It's not a waste, it's a very valuable raw material... we're doing our bit."

'Now a good time to invest in Saudi Arabia'

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One of Britain's biggest companies, Ineos, is to invest $2bn in Saudi Arabia, building new chemical plants there.

It comes just months after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (pictured) in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul.

Tom Crotty, a director at Ineos, defended the decision on the Today Prgramme.

He said: "We believe there is a process of change going on in Saudi Arabia, that now is a good time for us to get involved because we think investment is what will lead to fuelling that process of change and modernisation in Saudi Arabia."

Ineos to invest $2bn in Saudi Arabia

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UK energy firm Ineos is to invest $2bn (£1.6bn) in building its first ever manufacturing plants in Saudi Arabia.

It follows an agreement with the Kingdom's state oil company Saudi Aramco and French energy firm Total.

Ineos said the facilities would produce chemicals for sectors such as automotive, aerospace and electronics.

Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe (pictured), who is Britain's third richest man, called it "a major milestone that marks our first investment in the Middle East".