Gulf Compound Blending (GCB) and Arab Development Establishment have announced plans to build a new polymer facility within the Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad). GCB is part of the new Kizad Polymers Park and will manufacture and supply thermoplastic materials using waste and non-prime materials in the UAE.
The polymer facility will produce compound products customised for specific industries and will link raw material producers and plastic material manufacturers. According to GCB, the 25,000sqm facility at Kizad will use Khalifa Port to import and export products.
According to a statement, the company intends to produce 500 kilo metric tonnes of products per year in the medium to long term. The facility will contribute to Kizad’s growing polymers hub with its know-how in re-processed and re-conditioned products.
“Global industrial enterprises continue to recognise the strategic location, long-term competitive commercial advantages and supply chain efficiencies provided by Kizad. I’m confident that the holistic port-based industrial zone offering provided by the Kizad and Khalifa Port ecosystem will position GCB to support Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030 and industrial diversification across the UAE. With some of the world’s largest polymer resin manufacturers based in the UAE, Abu Dhabi is increasingly becoming a major global hub for the sector,” said Kizad CEO Samir Chaturvedi.
The JV also pointed out that as a second step of development, it will expand its activities to plastic recycling as additional feedstock for its compound products, contributing to a new circular economy approach in the UAE.
Mohammed Yousif Al Nowais, a board member of GCB and sponsor of the project added, “We are glad to contribute in such initiative, in line with Abu Dhabi’s long-term strategy. GCB will enable the development of Kizad and add value to the polymers ecosystem. Committed to supporting in-country-value in the UAE, GCB will establish its core business and hub in Abu Dhabi.”