ZonesCorp signs USD 91m contract with Al-Nakheel Hygienic Paper Manufacturing Company LLC at Hannover Messe Fair in Germany

April 30, 2016

Abu Dhabi, UAE – April 30, 2016: The Higher Corporation for Specialised Economic Zones  (ZonesCorp) is delighted to announce that it has signed a deal with Al-Nakheel Hygienic Paper Manufacturing Company LLC., at the Hannover Messe Industrial Fair worth AED 335m (US$91m) for the construction of a new production facility. Al-Nakheel manufactures ‘Fine’ tissues, the well-known brand of hygienic household tissues in the MENA region.

Al-Nakheel Hygienic Paper Manufacturing Company LLC., one of Fine Hygienic Holding company, is investing AED 335m (USD 91m) to build a 144,000m² paper factory producing hygienic household tissues in ICAD 2 (Industrial City Abu Dhabi 2). The facility is targeting an initial production capacity of 60,000 tonnes per year of paper tissues in phase one with the potential to double this capacity to 120,000 tonnes per year in phase two in the coming three to four years. Once phase one of this project is completed, the facility will be the biggest tissue paper manufacturing plant in the UAE and will represent a 40% increase in production for Al-Nakheel globally. The new facility will be fitted with the most advanced tissue making technology made by Swedish company Valmet and able to produce 2,200 metres of tissue paper per minute.

The project will generate employment for approximately 500 people in Abu Dhabi and will serve the UAE and wider GCC markets. Al-Nakheel is headquartered in Jordan and has facilities in Egypt (producing 80,000 tonnes and 70,000 tonnes a year respectively) from which it supplies the Middle East and North Africa.

The contract was signed at a ceremony at the Hannover Messe Industrial Fair. As part of its commitment to promoting its partner companies and sharing its expertise and knowledge, ZonesCorp is leading a high-level delegation of 19 important industrial manufacturing companies to the prestigious ‘Hannover Messe,’ the world’s biggest industrial trade fair in Hannover, Germany.

HE Saeed Issa Al Khaili, Acting Chief Executive Officer at ZonesCorp commented: “We are delighted to welcome Al-Nakheel Hygienic Paper Manufacturing Company as a Zonescorp partner. Their impressive high-tech facility in ICAD 2 will be the biggest tissue paper manufacturing plant in the UAE and an important addition to our existing paper manufacturing cluster. We are looking forward to working closely with the Al-Nakheel to help them fully realise their ambitions.”

Khalid Banat, Project Manager at Al Nakheel Hygienic Paper Manufacturing Company LLC said: “The Industrial Cities (ICAD2) in Abu Dhabi were the most attractive proposition for our new facility. Of all the potential sites we looked at for this investment, it has the most sophisticated infrastructure, and the offered ‘plug and play’ model will allow us to get up and running in a relatively short time. In addition to that, the combination of low energy costs, ready availability of quality labour, the strategic location of Abu Dhabi to serve our target markets and the pro-industry business stance of the Abu Dhabi government makes ZonesCorp and Abu Dhabi the ideal choice.”

About the Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp)

Launched in 2004 by the Abu Dhabi Government, ZonesCorp is the largest developer and operator of purpose-built industrial zones in the UAE. It oversees five world-class, fully integrated industrial zones housing more than 600 diverse manufacturing facilities, with five additional industrial cities to be offered soon.

Its cluster-based, growth-driven industrial ecosystems offer investors flexible, readily available spaces with access to high-end infrastructure, competitively priced utilities and convenient workers’ accommodations. Comprehensive support and facilitation solutions are provided by our Investor Services Centre.

Fine Hygienic Holding Profile

Considered among the top hygienic paper manufacturing groups in the world, Fine Hygienic Holding specializes in sanitary product manufacturing and innovative hygienic solutions. The company has a long history and illustrious heritage, as it was one the premier Jordanian company to enter the industry in 1958. Under the Nuqul Group umbrella, which compromises 30 local, regional, and global companies that form the operational nucleus, Fine Hygienic Holding plays an instrumental part in developing various sanitary products to achieve its goals of creating “a happier world” and becoming the ideal and preferred daily partner of consumers around the world. The company’s objectives and core values are apparent in its wide and continuous institutional and societal success.

As part of its long dedication to adhere to the highest health and safety standards and the latest environmentally-friendly practices, Fine Hygienic Holding relies on its patented ‘Steripro’ sterilization method and its ‘No Touch’ mechanism. These innovative techniques guarantee the highest levels of sterilization and quality for consumers, as the products go through the entire production process without ever being touched by a human hand. Moreover, our incontinence care products are designed with ‘Dermapro,’ which layers products with a technology to protect and treat the consumer’s skin upon use. As testament to the company’s sustainability efforts, its products are made with 100% virgin tree pulp, which the company preserves by planting five trees for each tree used in the production process.

Fine Hygienic Holding continues to push for expansion to enhance its presence and market penetration, which currently serves over 45 regional and global markets including Jordan, the United States, Europe, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and various others.

In regards to its corporate social responsibility program, the company has well established itself with its ‘Khair Al Koura” program — a benchmark for similar programs in the future–, which the company established in Al Kour a district in Irbid. With this program, the company implemented its vision and philosophy for supporting local communities. This philosophy manifests itself in the development of projects which tackle obstacles that hinder social progress, helping to create new and sustainable employment opportunities and provide educational and qualification opportunities that build and enhance personal skill sets. Finally, these projects contribute to the development of all sectors of society by guaranteeing social progress and mobility, leading to a more socially advanced community.