Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Baalbaki has commenced construction of its new 40-kilotonne per annum polyester and prepolymer production plants on its existing 30 000 sq.m industrial site at Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah UAE.
The new plant, expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2012, will enable Baalbaki to serve the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council), India, Pakistan and Iran with footwear, rigid, cold-cure polyurethane systems, aromatic and aliphatic polyester polyols, as well as speciality polyurethane and food-packaging adhesives, the company said in a 7 Dec announcement.
Baalbaki said it is a "pioneer" in introducing aromatic and aliphatic polyester polyol technology including "green technology" to produce polyester polyols based on scrap PET (polyester terephthalate), into the GCC.
"Baalbaki remains the only manufacturer of this product in the Arab World and the largest manufacturer in the Middle East and Africa regions for this product range," claimed Dr Ihsan Baalbaki, chairman of Baalbaki Group in the news release.
With this expansion in the UAE, along with the planned expansion during 2012 of pre-polymer and polyol blending capacities in Egypt and Turkey, Baalbaki said it will raise its total production capacities in the UAE, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey to 55 kilotonnes of polyester polyols and 70 kilotonnes of isocyanate prepolymers.
Baalbaki also said it will relocate its PU headquarters to the UAE at the start of next year.
"Baalbaki will continue to serve the Levant markets from its existing production facility in Syria; Africa from its existing production facility in the production facility in Egypt; and Turkey from its facility in Pendik, Instanbul. However, the headquarters of our polyurethane business unit will be relocated to the United Arab Emirates as of January 2012," said Karim Baalbaki, managing director of Baalbaki Group.
Baalbaki, founded in 1957, says it introduces cutting edge European technologies into the Middle East industrial sector. The company has manufacturing and technical service facilties in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Turkey and Syria employing more than 800 people.