Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi (KEZAD Group), the largest operator of integrated and purpose-built economic zones in the UAE has welcomed Dubai-based Gulf Biopolymers Industries (GBI) into its ecosystem.
The GBI facility will be the first unique producer of biomass-based, recyclable, and biodegradable polymers in the Middle East. GBI’s commitment to sustainability and innovative technology in manufacturing polylactic acid (PLA) and its additional upstream products resonates with KEZAD’s vision of promoting eco-friendly and technologically advanced business environments.
GBI’s state-of-the-art facility spread across1,35,000 square metres in KEZAD, with an annual production capacity of 30,000 metric tonnes, is dedicated to producing PLA, a biodegradable as well as recyclable polyester made from renewable feedstock. Biodegradable PLA have been developed as a substitute for conventional plastics for a variety of applications, including food packaging; the production of single-use bags, bottles, and tableware; textiles; other short life-cycle and high-volume disposable articles; and recently also as engineering plastics. The venture is a leap towards meeting the global demand for sustainable products and driving further research and development in biodegradable polymers.
Mohamed Al Khadar Al Ahmed, CEO, KEZAD Group, says, “The establishment of GBI’s facility is more than an industrial venture; it is a catalyst for broader economic growth and environmental sustainability. By attracting similar industries and supporting services, KEZAD is creating a vibrant network of innovation and business synergy with GBI as a key facet of this ecosystem. We look forward to the enduring, positive impact of our collaboration on the region and the industry at large. Together, we are setting new standards for industrial innovation and commitment to a sustainable future.”
Harald Kroll, CEO, Gulf Biopolymers Industries, adds, “We are proud to announce the establishment of the first biopolymer plant in the MENA region. This project is a milestone for the reduction of fossil-based plastics and advancing the adoption of environmentally friendly PLA polymers. Together with our customers, we are actively contributing to decarbonisation, advancing the circular economy, and creating a less polluted future for our planet. GBI is very much looking forward to closely collaborate with the KEZAD Group with the best fit for our project.”
Under the 50-year lease agreement, GBI will leverage KEZAD’s strategic location, advanced infrastructure, and a supportive ecosystem to foster growth and innovation.