Pilkington in Abu Dhabi float JV

Pilkington Group Limited, a member of the Nippon Sheet Glass Group, and Al Hamed Enterprises LLC (Group of Companies), announced on 2 November 2006 the formation of a joint venture to be called Pilkin…

Pilkington Group Limited, a member of the Nippon Sheet Glass Group, and Al Hamed Enterprises LLC (Group of Companies), announced on 2 November 2006 the formation of a joint venture to be called Pilkington Emirates LLC. The new company will set up a float glass line, to be built and operated by Pilkington, with a capacity of 550 tonnes per day. A site in the Abu Dhabi Industrial Development Zone has been selected with the help of the local authorities. The latest technology will be used in the largely automated plant, which is due to come on stream in late 2008. The USD 200 million project will produce the latest range of Pilkington clear and tinted glass for the building product and automotive glass markets in the region. Producing predominantly large sizes for the glass processing industry, the plant will be truly independent and will focus on offering the highest quality of product and service. Pilkington chief executive Stuart Chambers said: “We have long wanted to establish ourselves in the centre of this attractive and vibrant market place. We are now delighted to have formed a partnership with Al Hamed and have no doubts that together we can offer the local markets unrivalled quality and service using the very latest technology”. Hamed Enterprises (Group of Companies) chairman Sheikh Shaya Al Hamed said: “It is our pleasure to announce the formation of the joint venture with Pilkington, a world leader in the glass manufacturing industry. It is our strategy at Al Hamed Enterprises to bring the world“s prime expertise into the country that can help develop local expertise, as well as the excellent product offering into the market”. NSG with Pilkington either directly owns or manages 46 float lines worldwide. Pilkington engineers have recently completed new float lines in Brazil and Russia, with further lines under construction in Iran and China.