New Zealand-based Pultron Composites has started to build the first pultrusion factory in Dubai at the Jebel Ali Free Zone as part of its plan to expand in the region.
Pultron's purpose built factory in Dubai will target its customer base in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman. The factory is being built by the construction company FNC.
The company has been operating in the GCC markets for the past six years and is fast expanding its operations in the region, which is known for its corrosive climatic conditions.
Pultrusion technology transforms fibre and specialty resins into reinforced materials with high strength, light weight, corrosive and electrical resistant properties for use in harsh environments where corrosion can limit the lifespan of steel.
Pultron Composites Middle East General Manager Salwan Al Assafi said the company has increased its staff in the region in the past two years and expects to make significant increases in the coming year.
This includes specialist sales engineers with industry specific knowledge.
"Next year is predicted to be slower than originally forecast because of the economic downturn but Pultron is continuing to invest in the Middle East because there will continue to be underlying growth in our specific sector and the corrosion problems will not go away," said Al Assafi.
The company has also received support from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE),
Wayne Mikkelsen, NZTE's Dubai-based Trade Commissioner, said: "New Zealand companies with their innovative approach and strong capabilities in research are making headway in the region's construction industry. The significant corrosion problems in this region due to climatic conditions have resulted in strong demand for pultrusion services and with their new factory in Dubai, Pultron will be able to serve the market in a fast and efficient manner."
The investment in Dubai will help Pultron to grow rapidly from a New Zealand manufacturer to a company with significant operation in the Middle East and Asia.
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