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Gulf Printing and Packaging opens direct food contact packaging plant in Abu Dhabi

PKBR Staff Writer Published 06 February 2018

Gulf Printing and Packaging, a subsidiary of printing and packaging materials producer Al Khat Packaging, has opened a new direct food contact packaging factory in Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (KIZAD).

Located in the Food & Packaging cluster in KIZAD, the AED100m ($27.2m) facility will serve as the company’s base in the UAE, Gulf Printing and Packaging said.

Expected to employ over 200 people, the facility will feature printing and packaging equipments from Heidelberg, Bobst, Kohmann, among others to produce folding paper packaging and printing products for brands in the UAE, as well as regional and international markets.

The firm plans to undertake all of its export and import activities via Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship port, Khalifa Port.

Gulf Printing and Packaging CEO Mohamed Abou Khalid said: “The new facility in KIZAD is a centrepiece of our expansion strategy.

“Located just 10km away from Khalifa Port and halfway between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, KIZAD allows us to be easily connected to a large number of international shipping destinations, world-class infrastructure, dedicated investor support and so much more.”

Gulf Printing and Packaging, which is the exclusive provider of all print carton materials for McDonald’s in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), plans to print all the packaging used by McDonald’s in the UAE and Oman in the KIZAD facility this year.

Abu Dhabi Ports CEO Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi said: “We are confident that KIZAD’s strategic location and the services we provide will continue to facilitate the growth of Gulf Printing and Packaging and its clients by further leveraging the synergies found in our Food & Packaging cluster.”