SAUDI International Insulation Manufacturing Company (Siimco), a joint venture equally owned by Alghanim Industries and Saint-Gobain, has signed an agreement with the Yanbu Royal Commission to lease a 65,000 sq m site at Yanbu Al Sinaiyah.
The lease is for a period of 30 years and will allow the development of a new plant utilising Saint-Gobain’s proprietary technology to produce stone wool, which is widely used as insulation in many parts of the construction industry. The agreement follows a comprehensive review of the environmental impact and approval for plant layouts, building structure and utilities from the Yanbu local authorities.
Construction of the state-of-the-art plant is expected to begin soon and the facility is planned to be operational by early 2014. The plant represents an investment by Siimco of about 45 million euros ($59.2 million or KD16.7 million). When completed it will employ around 200 people and have annual capacity to produce 60,000 tonnes of stone-wool, thermal and acoustical insulation materials in the form of slabs, rolls, stitched mats, and preformed pipe insulation annually. It will serve the technical and building insulation market segments in Saudi Arabia and other regional markets in the GCC area, Egypt, Iraq and the Levant.
Omar Alghanim, chief executive of Alghanim Industries, said: “Our joint venture investment at Yanbu will supply local and regional industrial and building areas with a reliable source of high-quality insulation, which is environmentally friendly and will assist in improving the fire safety of buildings.
“Saint-Gobain is one of the world’s leading construction industry suppliers and we have worked together very successfully in the past. This is the second joint venture we have shared together in this sector, following our very successful investment in Turkey for the production of similar products. I look forward to continuing to develop and strengthen our relationship as we proceed with the plant at Yanbu.”
The agreement was formally signed by Dr Alaa Nassif, executive president for the Royal Commission, and Mohammad Al Soaib, general manager of First Saudi Insulation Manufacturing Company, a wholly-owned Alghanim Industries subsidiary, at a special ceremony that took place in Yanbu.