UAE's first polyester stable fibre plant to begin output in March.
DUBAI - Safetex Group has started the construction of the first of its kind $10 million polyester stable fibre plant in Ras Al Khaimah and the production is expected to commence in March 2012, its top official said.
The initial capacity of plant is 500 tonnes per month, and it will be added by having 1,200 tonnes per month reaching the total capacity of 15,000 tonnes annually by the end of 2013.
"Safetex Group is heralding a new era in the Gulf by setting up a new polyester stable fibre plant in the Al Gail Industrial Park in Ras Al Khaimah Free Zone in the name of Emirates Fibre Industries FZ LLC," M. Saleem Ahmad, chief executive and chairman of Safetex Group, told Khaleej Times during an interview.
He said Safetex Group is looking at the new era of polyester stable fibre production by reaching the sales of Dh150 million per annum.
"It is the first polyester stable fibre plant in the UAE that will not only cater the local demand, but also provide us the opportunity to export the surplus production in the region," Ahmad said. "There is only one such plant in Saudi Arabia and this plant is the first of its kind in the UAE. At present the industry depends on the raw material imported from the Far East," he said.
The Ajman-based Safetex Group's chief executive said that the raw material, to be used from bottle grade prime resin, off specs, recycle plastic bottle flaks and chips, will be eco friendly.
The group is also the licensee and manufacturer for all major brands of bedding products in the Middle East and North Africa, he said adding that it has a complete unit of polyester warding plant in Ajman.
He said that Emirates Fibre Industries would produce all types of polyester stable fibres such as virgin hollow conjugated fibre on all deniers as well as solid fiber to cater to the bedding, mattresses and home furnishing industries.
He said that a large quantity of raw material is available in the UAE market. "The plant is designed in a way to use all type of PET bottle- grade chips, prime and off specs resins, plus it can use the recycle pet bottle flaks as well."
"The entire machinery is a mix from European and various manufacturers in Far Eastern countries. The building will be state of art keeping in view future expansions. Also we thanks our bankers for supporting us on this project specially Emirates Islamic Bank."
"We hope that since the demand of polyester stable fibre has sharply increased in recent years, it will continue to increase over the coming years," he said.
"Quality products have always remained the main concern of Safetex Group and we would like to assure that the quality of Emirates Fibre Industries will be of international standards," Ahmad concluded.
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