A ten-million-dirhams plan to wean the United Arab Emirate from foreign auto parts is underway, with the launch of a project in the Jebel Ali industrial zone of Dubai. When complete, it will partially substitute the import of motorcar windscreens into the country.
Called Gulf Windscreen and Safety Glass Company, the first such plant in the UAE will be located an area outside the free zone, to allow for expansion, and will have daily production of between 420 to 580 windscreens. To that purpose, the company has signed a contract with Glassrobots of Finland to supply the necessary glass-bending technology.
Production is expected to start next August, and is intended both for the domestic market and for export. There currently are only a few windscreen manufacturers in the Gulf region, with two large plants in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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