Hempel inaugurates new factory in Kuwait

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Global coatings supplier Hempel inaugurated a new factory in Mina Abdullah in Kuwait today (Friday).

The factory is the latest addition to its comprehensive global supply chain. In 2016 alone, the company completed a capacity expansion project in Malaysia and opened new factories in Russia and Vietnam, adding more than 28 million litres to its annual production capacity.

With a 40% higher capacity than Hempel’s existing production facility in Safat, Kuwait, the new €13 million factory in Mina Abdullah will help the company meet growing demand for its coatings in Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The new factory will be fully up and running by September 2017, and Hempel’s existing factory in Safat will close later in the year.

Karsten Pedersen, Group Vice President of Hempel Middle East (West), said: “The new factory is a state-of-the-art facility that will produce coatings that are trusted across the region to provide long-term protection to industrial assets, large buildings, homes and infrastructure. We are looking forward to continuing to be the market leader in the region, while increasing production and making our operations cleaner, faster and more energy efficient.”

Built to ISO 9000 quality management guidelines, Hempel’s Mina Abdullah factory is designed with sustainability in mind. It includes a solvent distillation unit that recycles solvents to reduce hazardous waste, as well as a water treatment plant that ensures much of the factory’s wastewater can be reused for vegetation and cleaning.

The factory is also the first coatings production unit in Kuwait to include a regenerative thermal oxidiser unit, which removes volatile organic compounds during production to prevent atmospheric pollution.

Hempel Group President & CEO Henrik Andersen said: “Today, we celebrate an important milestone in Kuwait. Our customers are increasingly looking for green building solutions – and we are proud to be able to provide those through a production facility designed to reduce the environmental impact of coatings production.”

Pictured, from left to right, are Essam Al Suhaymi, Chairman of DPME, Saoud Al Rashed, Hempel’s partner in Kuwait, Henrik Andersen, Hempel Group President & CEO, Ole Frijs-Madsen, the Danish Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, and Khaled Al Rashed, Board Member of DPME.