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 Targeting new heights, Blend Group to expand operations


SHARJAH - Blend Group will be doubling its current manufacturing capacity with the construction of a new US$ 10 million facility in the SAIF Zone.  Aiming for further expansion, the fast-growing group has acquired 155,000 square feet of additional land.

"We are going to set up a state-of-the-art facility in the SAIF Zone to manufacture the finest plastic raw materials. The expansion, which is expected to be completed by mid-2016, will help enhance the final product in terms of quality and cost effectiveness,"  Qamar Aziz, managing director of Blend Group, said after signing an MoU in this regard with SAIF Zone Authority.

"We have been successful in expanding our operation in trading of industrial chemicals since 2011. We are now setting up a plant for manufacturing various chemicals for industrial use as well," he added.

Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, Director of SAIF Zone and Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), who signed the MoU from SAIF Zone side, congratulated Blend Group and assured all the support for them in their expansion activities.

 Al Mazrouei noted that the SAIF Zone has been registering consistent growth during the first half of 2015 and the free zone has become a destination of choice for high quality traders and service providers.  

The group, which was formed in 2011 as a joint venture of the Skyline Group & Aziz Group, manufactures high-quality color, white, black, additive, fillers and plastic master batches to cater to the growing local and international markets.

"The Blend group's current production is over 1200 tons per month and with the new expansion in place, the production will increase to 2500 tons in a month", elaborated Qamar Aziz .

Qamar Aziz added: "The new investment will help to further strengthen Blend's position and expand its offerings to the plastic industry worldwide and aid the group to expand its focus to new emerging markets; currently the group caters to markets in the GCC and African subcontinent, but once this new facility is up and running it will support the group's plans to expand its reach to the European and later to the American and Canadian markets as well."

The new manufacturing unit will include a section for the manufacturing of calcium carbonate and master batches, research and testing labs to maintain the quality and controls, inward and outward logistics as well as administrative blocks. The new set up will also have an enhanced quality control lab process like colour matching, melt flow testing as well as the checking of the ash content of the product and moisture content through qualified and experienced engineers.

The group also has plans to venture into ink production and a trading division which will be focusing on chemicals and polymer products. 

Built adjacent to the Sharjah International Airport with easy access to seaports on the Gulf of Oman (Port Khor Fakkan) and the Arabian Gulf (Port Khalid), SAIF Zone has attracted 7000 companies from 149 countries.

Kamal Puri, Chairman of Skyline Group, Nitin Anand, Director of Skyline Group and Aziz Group's Director Adnan Aziz also witnessed for the MoU signing ceremony.