Dura-Line opens $8m duct, pipe plant in Omanby CW Staff on Jan 13, 2011
Dura-Line Middle East (DLME), a JV between Dura-Line India and Oman-based Al Jasser Group, has commenced production of cable ducts and pressure pipes for water, wastewater, and natural gas pipelines and other industrial applications at a new plant in Sohar, Oman.
With an installed capacity of 6,000 tons a year, the plant combines the technological strength of Dura-Line and A-D Technologies with the local market service support of Al Jasser, company vice-chairman VT Saileswaran told Times of Oman.
The company has invested $7.8 million in setting up the plant. “The entire plant, covering a built-up area of 7,000 m2, was completed within 90 days. The plant and machinery and the quality systems are exactly identical to the Dura-Line India facilities. They are the natural extension of the Dura-Line India,” said Saileswaran.
It has two extrusion machines capable of manufacturing products from 20mm to 250mm. Any sizes beyond 250mm can be easily complemented from the Indian units to provide a complete range to end users in the Middle East, said Saileswaran.
“Our major customers are organisations engaged in building water, wastewater, natural gas pipelines and irrigation systems. The Haya Water and Public Authority for Electricity and Water are our major customers,” Saileswaran.
He added that Sohar is a strategic location for exporting to MENA. “We are aiming at exporting 60% of the plant’s output.”
Dura-Line India, a leading manufacturer of polyethylene pipes and ducts in India, has three plants. The company makes pipes and ducts in the range of 3mm to 1,000mm as per national and international standards for ducting and pressure pipes for water, gas and other industrial applications.
The Indian firm has a combined capacity of 60,000 tons a year. More than a third of production is exported to Europe, Australia, Middle East and other Asian countries.
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