RWI grows 25%, expands Ajman factory
Still many opportunities, says MD
Rubber World Industries (RWI), a manufacturer of closed-cell rubber insulation, is planning to expand its production facility in Ajman to cope with increased demand, both regionally and internationally, for its products. The company has recently supplied its products to such flagship projects as the Aldar headquarters and Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
This was revealed by MD Muzamil Shaikhani at The Big 5, at which the company has enjoyed a presence for the past seven years. “We are on course to achieve our stated goal of 25% growth in production by 2010.” At present the company produces 1 800 containers a year in total, a sizeable increase over its 1 200 a year level in 2008.
RWI is part of the Memon Group, an international business conglomerate that began operating in the region in 1993. Since then it has grown exponentially to cover a plethora of industrial sectors. RWI itself exports to 55 countries, and is well-established in the Gulf and South East Asia.
Commenting on the decision to expand its manufacturing capacity in what is essentially a constrained market, Shaikhani says there is definite evidence that the moribund construction industry has started to tick over again. “It is true that a lot of projects were cancelled at the height of the crisis, but there is a lot of work still going on at the moment, which is indicative of the many opportunities still available.”
It is for this reason that the company is a long-time supporter of The Big 5. “Everyone knows it is the premiere showcase for the regional construction industry; it is a great way to meet existing clients and explore new business leads,” said Shaikhani.
“Participating at The Big 5 is part of our strategy to showcase our newest line of professional products to a high-potential audience. We are also looking at entering into more partnerships with regional construction companies.”
At this year’s exhibition the company is highlighting its polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tapes for floor and pipe protection, duct tape for water resistance and strengthening fabric, and aluminium foil tape for shielding thermal insulation to provide an excellent barrier to vapour on seams and joints of fiberglass and aluminium-backed duct board.
In addition, RWI is showcasing its aluminium elastomeric foil for HVAC and refrigeration thermal insulation. “This is an environment-friendly product that forms an affective barrier against moisture, air currents and vapours,” said Shaikhani.
He says the pending ‘green’ building regulations has resulted in insulation becoming a ‘hot’ topic in terms of energy efficiency and lifecycle cost. “Our product range is positioned perfectly to capitalise on this latest trend, while our commitment to innovation ensures that our customers receive the optimal benefit.”