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|28 Sep 2011|
Sodamco-Weber's new manufacturing plant opened in Abu Dhabi.
The constructions chemicals giant that helped build the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, ADNEC's Leaning Tower and Dubai Mall opened a new manufacturing plant that will increase their annual output.
Sodamco-Weber's new manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi will expand the company's operating capacity from 150,000 tons of dry mortar material per year to over 200,000 to accommodate ongoing projects including Masdar City, New York University and Saadiyat Beach Villas.
The company's chemical agents are particularly well suited to projects in hot climates because they allow render to stay wet for longer, which enables engineers on building construction sites to manage the time it takes for render and plaster to set more effectively.
Sodamco-Weber, whose workforce exceeds 450 employees, have more than 7,500 customers in the region and have been instrumental in the development of other iconic local buildings such as the Emirates Palace Hotel.
Regional manager GCC Sodamco-Weber, Ziad Khoury said: "This is a significant moment for Sodamco-Weber as we enter our 20th year of production in the UAE. We have played an integral role in the physical development of the UAE, with some of the projects we have supplied to mortar materials to now seen as some of the most iconic symbols of the region. "
"Moving forward we are working as one of the few agreed suppliers to Masdar City, and we supply to several projects on Saadiyat including New York University, Saadiyat Beach Villas and the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort. It's important that we have the capacity and the technology to keep up with the demand for our products as Abu Dhabi and the region continues to expand." he added.
The factory will be home to some of the newest and most advanced production equipment in the region and will also allow for more efficient storage of dry mortar material.
The new factory will also give the company more than 25,000 sq metres of site space at their ICAD III facility, rather than 10,000 sq metres across three sites previously.
"We have a huge amount of confidence in the market here and expect demand to continue to grow. This state-of-the-art site will allow us to meet that future demand, while remaining efficient and dynamic," concluded Khoury.