Aamal Company QSC (Aamal), one of the GCC’s fastest growing diversified companies, and Lokma Group, a leading pipe manufacturer in the Middle East, announce that their Advanced Pipes and Casts Company (APC) has commenced commercial production at its newly constructed, state-of-the-art factory in Mesaieed. At total of QR200m ($55m) has been invested in establishing the new facility which specialises in the manufacture of concrete pipe products to supply infrastructure and pipeline projects in Qatar and across the region.
Established as a 50:50 joint venture between Aamal and a Saudi Arabian subsidiary of the Lokma Group, APC will manufacture reinforced concrete pipes using the most up-to-date technologies.
The factory is considered the largest in Qatar with a built-up area of 85,000 sqm and has an annual production capacity of 450,000 tonnes. It will produce a range of infrastructure and construction products including jacking pipes, reinforced concrete pipes, circular precast concrete manholes and precast concrete box culverts, which is considered a new product that will be manufactured in Qatar for the first time.
In line with its strategy for diversification into new, high growth revenue streams, Aamal anticipates significant demand for its new concrete pipe products driven by their wide range of applications to Qatar’s rapid infrastructure development including sewage, drinking water, raw water and irrigation, drainage, hydro power, thermal power cooling and industrial uses in addition to use in highway and railway projects. In developing the plant, the Company has ensured adherence to the best environmental and safety practice standards and is committed to the implementation and maintenance of a rigid Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Policy.
His Excellency Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, Chairman of Aamal Company said: “Aamal is committed to playing an active role in the diversification of the industrial base in Qatar. Our partnership with the renowned Lokma Group, one of leaders in this field, demonstrates our commitment to attracting and partnering with the best investors to offer world-class products and services of the highest quality. With such a large number of projects underway dedicated to upgrading the infrastructure in Qatar and the region, we expect to see significant continuing growth in demand for the specialised concrete and other pipes which APC is now able to meet. We have designed the APC plant and its operations to ensure APC’s products are of the highest quality and are priced competitively, further enhancing the strength and diversification of our core Industrial Manufacturing division and contributing to the broader development of an indigenous, world-class industrial sector in Qatar.”
Mr. Tarek M. El Sayed, Managing Director of Aamal Company, said: “We are delighted that APC has now commenced commercial production. Our Mesaieed factory is equipped with state-of-the-art, fully computerized machinery and it is the largest factory in Qatar. As ever, we are adhering to best practice environmental and safety standards and APC has obtained its ISO 14001 and 18001 certificates. This is another important milestone for Aamal as we further diversify into new, high growth revenue streams.”
Mr. Ahmed Lokma, Chairman of Lokma Group, said: “We are delighted to bring our experience and knowledge to the Qatari market in collaboration with such a strong partner as Aamal Company. I am positive that APC will add great value to the market and help in the development of the infrastructure in the country. Our depth of experience in the pipes industry will ensure that APC is considered a benchmark in terms of quality, best practice and commitment.”