Altajir Glass ramps up capacity

The glass bottle manufacturer will invest Dhs550 million in a two phase expansion that will double capacity at its Jebel Ali plant.

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By  David Ingham Published  March 3, 2003

Altajir Glass is investing Dhs550 million in a major expansion of its glass bottle production plant in Jebel Ali Industrial Zone. The money will be invested in two main phases and will take the total investment in the plant to Dhs1 billion.

Altajir currently operates with a maximum capacity of 1.5 million bottles per day and aims to approximately double that with the new investment. The company exports to over 63 countries and manufactures under contract for a number of leading brands, including Coke and Pepsi.

“The improved capacity will allow us to take an increased share of this very competitive global market,” says Amer Altajir, chairman. “Overall, it just goes to show that Dubai can be a major player on the international industrial map.”

Altajir Glass has tried to target global markets for its products and cites a number of reasons why it believes that its products are internationally competitive. It sources technology from Owens Illinois, USA, reputedly a world leader in glass technology. It also uses manufacturing methods and techniques that allow its products to be lower in weight — by around 20%, it claims — than those of its competitors.

“We are committed to the highest quality standards throughout the production process. We have invested in the latest quality control equipment to automatically detect and eliminate flaws in both moulds and on-the-line production,” says Yogesh Bakhshi, Altajir Glass general manager.

“This allows us to effect instantaneous corrections in real time. Whilst every aspect of our production process is computer controlled we also employ highly qualified technical personnel to ensure adherence to international standards."

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