Armacell breaks ground on new facility in Bahrain
The new plant will start production in 2018, and will manufacture high-density materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
Armacell, a manufacturer of flexible and engineered foams, hosted a ground breaking ceremony to kick off construction of its new manufacturing facility in Bahrain.
Starting production in 2018, the Armacell Group, through Armacell Middle East Company will manufacture a comprehensive range of products at the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP), including high-density materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Establishing a manufacturing facility in Bahrain is part of Armacell’s goal to grow the group’s manufacturing footprint in the Gulf region.
Located at the BIIP high quality 247ha business park, the plant will initially provide approximately 100 jobs.
Armacell’s Middle East team has been active in the Gulf region for a decade and is led by Neville D’Souza, general manager of Armacell Middle East Company.
Khalid Al Rumaihi, chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), said: “Armacell is the latest in a long line of international manufacturing companies to base their regional operations in Bahrain.
“Bahrain remains the destination of choice for manufacturers who want to take advantage of the competitive benefits that our operating environment offers such as the availability of a highly skilled local work force, low costs and our strategic location at the heart of the GCC.”
Patrick Mathieu, president and chief executive officer of Armacell International, commented: “The greenfield construction of our own production site in Bahrain reinforces our commitment to the Gulf, strengthening our presence in this high-growth market where we have been operating since 2008.”
Guillerme Huguen, vice president Europe, Middle East, and Africa, added: “The construction of our own production site in Bahrain is the logical next step to serve the continuously growing domestic demand in the Gulf.
“The EDB has been supporting us from the start in our endeavour and we are very pleased with the substantial progress we have made since the beginning of this year.”