New Factory in DI will help Caparol Target New Middle East North
Africa and South Asian (MENASA) Markets
Dubai-UAE: 04 March, 2012 – Dubai Industrial City, the region’s leading manufacturing and
logistics destination and a member of TECOM Investments, today announced it has signed
a project development agreement with Europe’s third largest paint manufacturer, Deutsche
Amphibolin-Werke (DAW), to become the location for their Middle Eastern regional office of
Caparol Paints LLC.
Under the agreement, Caparol Paints which began its regional operations from Al Quoz
Industrial Area in 1999, will establish a range of operational facilities at Dubai Industrial City that
include a paint manufacturing plant, warehouse, R&D laboratories, a Colour Design Studio, a
customer service centre, as well as administrative and training facilities. The new facility will
support Caparol’s growing manufacturing and operational needs. In a broader perspective,
the company’s capacity to manufacture products locally will also reduce the UAE’s reliance on
imports from Germany.
Gary Seabrook, General Manager, Caparol Paints, said. “To optimally manufacture high quality
paint products requires production facilities that are state-of-the-art. Our search for a location
to build a factory that can manufacture our current range of products and potentially allow us to
manufacture and introduce new technologies led us to Dubai Industrial City.”
“The destination’s vantage location and ready availability of infrastructure positioned it as our location
of choice. From an administration perspective, it was simpler and easier to establish a new plant at
Dubai Industrial City. We are confident our new operations will allow us to consolidate our presence in
the UAE and look beyond towards the rest of the GCC region, as well as North Africa and Indian Ocean
islands,” he added.
Abdulla Belhoul, Managing Director, Dubai Industrial City, said: “Caparol Paints is a global
leader in manufacturing paint. Its associated technology and strategic move to Dubai Industrial
City within its industry-specific zone model will not only support their operational growth in the
MENASA markets but further consolidate our position as an industrial hub.”
“Such increase in activity at Dubai Industrial City is in line with the upward nationwide trend,
which showed a growth of around 12.8 per cent in industrial investment in 2011, as per recently
published data by the UAE Ministry of Economy. It also reflects DI’s commitment to supporting
the country’s drive to increase the manufacturing sector’s share in the GDP, from the current 16
per cent to 25 per cent in the coming years,” he added.
Caparol Paints has a sophisticated R&D laboratory that studies and develops paint technology
to incorporate new international trends in raw materials, and design new textures, colours and
finishes as demanded by local consumers and international architectural designs. The paint
being developed must also have the property to meet the region’s harsh weather conditions.
Caparol’s clientele currently includes major commercial and residential projects such as the
Jumeriah Golf Estates, Dubai, the Ritz Carlton DIFC, Sofitel Jumeriah Beach Residence, Dubai,
and the Etihad Plaza Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi.
Dubai Industrial City, the second largest non-real estate project in Dubai, is located on Emirates
Road near the new Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai Industrial City offers a strategic
advantage with its proximity to major highways and the Jebel Ali Port.