Baalbaki Chemical Industries (BCI) has officially opened a new 15,000 square metre polyester and pre-polymer manufacturing plant in Sharjah’s Hamriyah Free Zone. The new production facility is the company’s first in the United Arab Emirates and adds 40,000 metric tonnes to the group’s capacity.
Already a leading supplier of polyurethane systems and polyurethane raw materials, BCI has an existing production plant in Egypt and operations in Turkey, Jordan, Algeria, Nigeria. The manufacturer is part of the Baalbaki Group, a conglomerate with interests in Industry, trade, agriculture, real estate development and financial services. Baalbaki Chemical Industries markets integrated polyesters, bulk polymer products and a complete range of polyurethane systems covering applications in Insulation, footwear, automotive, seating and adhesives.
The new Sharjah manufacturing plant, which has been operational since April 2015, will allow the company to production and export polyester polyols, specialty polyurethane systems and food packaging adhesives to the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), Indian sub-continent and South East Asian markets.
Hamriyah Free Zone has a 380,000 square metre Food, Plastics and Packaging Park and provides a base for more than 140 plastics companies, including more than 15 large-scale operations. Plastics companies based in the zone include Al Owais Plastic Recycling FZE, El Negma Plastic Factory FZC, SBF Foam Factory FZE, Siddco Plastics Industries Ltd, Siddco Polypac FZE, Sonara Fibre & Plastic Industries FZC, Ruby Plastics FZE and Visen Industries Ltd.
The United Arab Emirates ranks second in regional plastics production, representing 10.2 percent of GCC polymer output. According to the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the region’s plastics conversion industry is expected to grow to 7.5 million tonnes in capacity by the year 2020, approximately 40% more than current production levels.
Hamriyah Free Zone today houses over 6,500 companie from 157 nations, attracting foreign investment from more than 500 industry verticals in the key sectors such as oil and gas, petrochemicals, maritime, steel, construction and food.
Source: BCI, media