Saint -Gobain Gyproc opens their first plasterboard plant in the Middle East

Published April 28th, 2010 - 02:34 GMT

Mohammed bin Sultan bin Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, today announced/ Saint-Gobains /  first manufacturing facility panel of Gypsum production in the Abu Dhabi Industrial City / ICAD /.

Mr. Claude Aemovin, President of the building products company Saint-Gobain gyrpoc, declared in a speech at the opening ceremony which was attended by a number of senior officials in the UAE and the company officials and businessmen, that this is the first manufacturing facility of their company to be built in the middle east and also joined with a local partner / Sultan International Holding / in the Gulf region .

Sheikh Mohammed and other senior officials and guests have been toured around the factory which were briefed on the latest technical equipment for the production of building materials, heat and sound insulation, and other products needed for the domestic market and the Gulf and Arab world.

Mr. Craig Chimbeers, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain gyproc in the Middle East / said in a speech during the ceremony that the Governments support of such projects fulfils the aspirations of the  market and investors to create more economic opportunities in Abu Dhabi and the UAE.

He said 'The opening of the new facility demonstrates our commitment in the region, pointing out that there are many exciting developments in the Middle East.’  ‘With the opening of the factory we will be in a better position to serve the needs of our customers through local production'.

The existence of this facility in the Middle East will strengthen the position of Saint-Gobain, a company specialized in construction and manufacturing gypsum wallboard

Mr. Chambers said 'This plant is a significant milestone for us as we are in the expansion phase within the Middle East, and also to continue the development of our relationships with our customers in the United Arab Emirates in shade our continues development efforts, pointing out the strong relationship that connects the facility to all the Gulf countries'.

He concluded by saying 'that our plans for development will continue in Abu Dhabi as the emirate occupies a prominent position and strategy in the Gulf region.'

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies, for energy efficiency and for environmental protection. Saint-Gobain has a number of companies based in the Middle East including the Saint-Gobain Gyproc Middle East plasterboard business which has been operating in the region since 2004. Saint-Gobain is now ready to build on their presence by opening a dedicated manufacturing plant for plasterboard in Abu Dhabi.

Saint-Gobain, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, adviser to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, will inaugurate their first plasterboard manufacturing facility in the Middle East on the 28th April 2010.

The state-of-the-art facility will be the first of its kind for the French company and local partner Sultan International Holdings, in the Gulf region and represents an investment of over US$60 million. Built on a 70-hectare site, in the rapidly expanding industrial area (ICAD-1) in Abu Dhabi, that will enable the company to produce around 30 million square metres of plasterboard each year – servicing the ever growing demand for lightweight building systems for the construction sector in the region.

Craig Chambers, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Gyproc in the Middle East said, ‘the opening of our new factory demonstrates our commitment to the region. There are many exciting developments in the Middle East and with the opening of our new factory we will be better placed to service the needs of our customers through local production.’

The introduction of this facility in the Middle East will further strengthen Saint-Gobain’s position as an industry leader in the construction sector and world leader in plasterboard manufacture.

Marketing Manager for Saint-Gobain Gyproc, Peter Robinson said, ‘we have been able to use the experiences from within the Saint-Gobain group world wide to ensure that our plasterboard is produced to the internationally recognised manufacturing standards such as the European, British and American standards.

The local production of plasterboard completes our total system solution in offering customers all the products required for lightweight partition systems combined with a unique wealth of technical expertise affording consultants, developers and contractors the opportunity to achieve any performance level required including fire protection and improved acoustics.’ Saint-Gobain Gyproc already offer extensive on and off-site technical support and training and will develop their service offering over the coming months.

This modern facility affords the company the opportunity to meet the ever growing need for sustainability through reduced energy consumption and sustainable products. One way they are already making a difference is by using 100% recycled paper, for the plasterboard paperliners, during the manufacturing process. The company has also provided employment opportunities in the region with a workforce of some 100 employees.

The opening event will take place at the factory with Claude Imauven, President of Saint-Gobain Construction Products. Mr Imauven who was present at the ground breaking ceremony will be joined by fellow Saint-Gobain colleagues from their head office in Paris, local dignitaries and VIP customers to celebrate the opening of the factory.

Mr Chambers also commented that, ‘this factory is a significant milestone for us as we expand within the Middle East, as we continue to grow our relationships with customers in the United Arab Emirates and as we further develop our trading throughout the Gulf region.’

He explained, ‘our plans to develop are centred around the plant location as Abu Dhabi occupies a prominent and strategic place in the Gulf region.’


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