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Duplas mulls $16mn expansion plan

UAE-based producer of plastic bottles analyses plans to double the size of its factory.

Duplas, a Dubai-based producer of plastic bottles for the FMCG industry, is considering plans to invest AED60 million (US$16.3 million) to double the size of its 5000 sq m manufacturing plant in Jebel Ali industrial area, the company's general manager, Mohammad Nofal, told ArabianBusiness.com.

"We are studying the plans and looking at the technical data. If we go ahead with the plans, the new facility should be ready by 2008," Nofal said.

Duplas, which was established in 2002 by Emirates Investment Development Company, produces bottles for water, juice, edible oil and dairy companies including Emirates Camel Milk Company. It also supplies companies involved in the chemicals and detergents sector, such as Reckitt Benckiser.

Duplas has experienced rapid growth from clients in the Middle East, Pakistan and Africa in the past few years and expects output to rise by more than 30% this year.

"We are investing in the existing machineries which will give us an extra 33% volume. We intend to produce 40 million bottles this year, compared to 30 million in 2006," Nofal said. "We are also looking to target companies in India."

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