Under the Patronage of H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Undersecretary of Industry Affairs Mr. Osama Mohammed Alorrayedh officially opened Armacell’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the Bahrain International Investment Park (BIIP), in the presence of the Executive Director of Business Development Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics from Economic Development Board Mr Husain Rajab. Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, today officially opened its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bahrain.
H.E. Mr. Zayed R. Alzayani, Minister of Industry, Commerce, and Tourism said: “Bahrain’s government is committed to creating an environment that can attract and support the leading companies in the world. We will continue to collaborate with leading companies to anchor high value-added manufacturing, adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and equip our people with the requisite skill sets. Our partnership with Armacell is a good example of how we are doing this.”
Patrick Mathieu, President, and CEO of the Armacell Group commented: "We are proud to announce the completion of our new greenfield site in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This state-of-the-art manufacturing facility strengthens our commitment to the Gulf region and will serve as our regional trading hub. I would like to thank all the parties involved in making this project a success and am looking forward to leveraging centuries of trading history of the Bahraini people and its favorable logistical location going forward."
H.E. Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said: “Armacell today joins a growing list of leading manufacturing and supply chain firms that have chosen Bahrain as a base for their regional operations. Its decision is symbolic of the faith and confidence in Bahrain’s rapidly-growing manufacturing sector, one of the key drivers of the nation’s Vision 2030 economic diversification plans. The manufacturing industry has grown 20 percent over the past five years representing 15 percent of the country’s GDP and the second-largest contributor to non-oil revenue. We are delighted to see Armacell take advantage of the tremendous business incentives and cost efficiencies of doing business here, and as we pursue another key strategy of shaping a digital economy, modernizing manufacturing with a solid technology infrastructure is top of mind for many companies.”
Guillerme Huguen, Vice President EMEA, added: "We are excited to go live with our new manufacturing facility in Bahrain and to further develop our presence in the Middle East. I would like to thank our partners The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism and EBD (Economic Development of Bahrain) for their support over the last 18 months."
Armacell’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility went into production in 2018 and exports a comprehensive range of products from BIIP, including high-density acoustics materials and elastomeric insulation for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, across the GCC.
The 11,000sq.m. manufacturing facility in Bahrain International Investment Park is part of Armacell’s goal to grow the group’s manufacturing footprint in the Gulf Region. The plant will initially provide approx. 100 jobs. Armacell’s Middle East team has been active in the Gulf Region for a decade and is led by Neville D’Souza, Managing Director of Armacell Middle East Company S.P.C.