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European paint manufacturer opens factory in Dubai

Caparol's 20,000 sqm manufacturing facility produces 30,000 tonnes

Dr Ralf Murjahn, CEO Caparol; Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar; Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani, CEO Emaar Industries & Investments
Dr Ralf Murjahn, CEO Caparol; Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar; Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani, CEO Emaar Industries & Investments

German paint and insulation manufacturer Caparol has opened a new production plant in Dubai Industrial City, which will more than double its production capacity enabling it to service the entire GCC region, including Saudi Arabia.

The 20,000m2 facility incorporates a manufacturing plant with a current capacity of 30,000 tonnes per year with provision for further expansion, a dedicated training facility and corporate office segment.

Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani, chairman of Caparol Paints LLC and CEO of Emaar Industries & Investments, said: "The GCC countries are firmly on the growth track with several large-scale infrastructure development projects being undertaken and progressing rapidly. This presents a tremendous growth opportunity for Caparol, with its unique product range that also focuses on environmental sustainability.

"The new factory of Caparol further underlines the growth of Dubai’s industrial sector and we are pleased to serve as a primary facilitator in driving the development of industries in the region."

The firm has been operating in the UAE since 1998 as Caparol Paints LLC in a joint venture with Emaar Industries and Investments.

Gary Seabrook, general manager, Caparol Paint LLC, said: “Architectural coatings have strong growth potential in the GCC region, and is estimated to be worth AED 2.5bn ($680m) per annum. Our new facility will ensure that we can meet this increased demand from the region, which currently witnesses massive investments in new buildings and infrastructure.

"Developers are increasingly relying on durable paint and insulation solutions that also meet the building efficiency codes of the regional governments."

Seabrook added the choice of Dubai Industrial City as the location for the new plant draws on its strategic location, midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, thus allowing for optimised logistics. The new factory was completed from design to production in less than 16 months.

Abdulla Belhoul, managing director of Dubai Industrial City, said: "Manufacturing is playing an increasingly important role in our economy as we diversify our source of growth, and the launch of Caparol’s new production facility and training centre in Dubai Industrial City, will make a positive difference in boosting the manufacturing base in the UAE and the wider region."

The new factory will make the throughput time for all products considerably shorter due to high tech automation. All water, emulsions and powder raw materials are directly charged into the mixing tanks from bulk tanks and silos.

The facility also incorporates a full four-step waste water treatment plant to protect the surrounding environment. Dust collectors and carbon filters further reduce the plant’s environmental impact.

Caparol recently became a member of the Emirates Green Building Council. In this region, Caparol has won and completed contracts for Emirates Golf Course villas; the Ritz Carlton, Dubai Marina; Khalidiya Mall, Abu Dhabi; the Canadian Hospital, Dubai; Dubai English School and The Palm Villas, Dubai.

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