Emirates Float Glass fully operational
Dubai, June 1, 2010
Emirates Float Glass (EFG) said its manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi has now become fully operational, achieving a 100 per cent capacity utilisation despite challenging market conditions.
EFG is a subsidiary of Glass which is wholly-owned by Dubai Investments.
Built at a cost of Dh692 million with technological assistance from US-based PPG Industries, the global leaders in glass manufacturing technology, EFG is the largest integrated glass processing facility in the UAE with a capacity of 190,000 tons per annum under the phase 1 of the project.
“Dubai Investments is a pioneer in glass manufacturing in the UAE, boasting a cluster of world-class companies that have helped to enhance the country’s image as a regional hub for the manufacture of glass products,” said Faisal Rashid, general manager of Glass.
“As an integrated glass processing facility that serves markets around the world, Emirates Float Glass is central to DI’s vision for the future of the glass industry, and the recent operational milestones achieved by the company provide a significant boost to our long-term growth plans,” Rashid said.
Ghassan Mashal, general manager of Emirates Float Glass, said it was a matter of pride that the company, which began commercial operations just over a year ago, had been able to achieve optimal capacity utilization in such a short span of time, despite tough market conditions over the past year.
“EFG manufactures world-class glass products under licensed technology from PPG Industries, and the company today exports its products to more than 35 countries spanning South America, Europe, Australia, Far East Asia and Africa, in addition to the GCC states,” Mashal added.
Following the successful completion of the various color campaigns, the product mix offered by EFG now includes clear, tinted and pyrolytic coated float glass for various applications in the architectural and automotive industries.
The board of directors of Emirates Float Glass is currently reviewing its strategic plans to speed up expansion under phase II, confirming EFG’s market leadership as the largest single-location integrated glass manufacturing and processing facility in the region.
Located at the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi-2 (ICAD-2), the EFG plant employs approximately 300 people and has generated nearly 1,000 additional jobs in related supplies and logistics industries, thereby supplementing the initiatives of the UAE Government on industrial and economic development in the country.-TradeArabia News Service