1996 — The Middle East’s largest tyre retreading and rubber moulded goods plant, built at a cost of Dh10 million and covering 10,000 square metres, was inaugurated at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone. Present at the opening ceremony was Sultan Bin Sulayem, free zone and Dubai Ports Authority chairman and managing director. The plant is one of the most modern of its kind and is projected as not only environment friendly since it reduces waste of used tyres, but also helps reduce costs for transport operators and cuts imports. It has been set up by Dubai-based Al Dobowi. It has a capacity to retread 30,000 truck tyres annually in a single shift operation. The plant was set up in technical collaboration with the world’s largest supplier of tyre retreading material, Vakuum Vulk. Half of the rubber will be imported from India and the other half from Belgium. The Jebel Ali plant, the fourth in the region, is the largest in the Middle East and the most modern.
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