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Thu 1 Feb 2007 11:17 AM

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Ducab announces expansion plans

Cable manufacturer Ducab has announced major expansion plans that will increase its capacity by around 50%.

Cable manufacturer Ducab has announced major expansion plans that will increase its capacity by around 50%.

In a total investment of around US $180 million (AED660 million) the expansion will focus on the manufacture of power cables, building wires and specialist cabling including low current, control, auxiliary and pilot cables. It will involve work at both its Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi plants and is expected to create around 200 jobs.

Both facilities are being reorganised to provide dedicated production facilities for particular cable ranges. Among the changes will be the addition of a copper rod casting plant on the Abu Dhabi site, where the firm will begin to cast its own copper rod from copper cathode.

The increased capacity is needed to allow the firm to meet and support its growing customer base. "It is due to the sheer growth of the market, we need a lot more capacity and we need it quickly" Colin Paskins, md, commented: "We were growing by 10% annually in the 1990s, so doubled our size every seven years. We set a target to treble business between 2003 and 2010, but we are already exceeding this and by 2010 will be four times as big," he added.

"The latest investment will consolidate a decade of continuous expansion," added Graham Cheetham, general manager manufacturing, Ducab. "This is an evolution of the company as we grow and take advantage of the growing market."

The growth has been attributed to the introduction of new products and backwards integration. Capacity will be added across the entire product range. As part of the investment Ducab will buy 40 new major processing lines and add a total of 38,000m2 floor space for manufacturing areas and support buildings.

The phased expansion project is scheduled to complete in August 2008, with some stages already underway. Remaining tenders for the building work and procurement of equipment are expected to be released in the near future.

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