Gulf Printing and Packaging has announced the inauguration of its food contact packaging factory at Khalifa Industrial Zone of Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
The facility, which is valued at $27.2m (AED100m) and aims to employ more than 200 people when it reaches full capacity, will serve as the company’s base in the UAE, Gulf Printing and Packaging said in a statement.
According to the subsidiary of Al Khat Packaging Co, the facility will produce folding paper packaging and printing products for brands in the UAE, as well as regional and international markets like Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
All export and import activities will be done via Abu Dhabi Ports’ flagship port, Khalifa Port, the company added.
Gulf Printing and Packaging is the exclusive provider of all print carton materials for McDonald’s in the GCC. As of this year, all the packaging used by McDonald’s in the UAE and Oman will be printed in the KIZAD facility, the company revealed.
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented: “We are proud that leading companies, such as Gulf Printing and Packaging, chose KIZAD as a home from which to expand their business.
“This is testimony that we are heading in the right direction. 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 and packaging cluster.”
Meanwhile, Mohamed Abou Khalid, CEO of Gulf Printing and Packaging, added: “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.”