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UAE’s RAK Ceramics plans capacity expansion in India: CEO

UAE’s RAK Ceramics plans capacity expansion in India: CEO

Dec 01, 2017 05:16:42 PM (IST)

UAE’s RAK Ceramics plans capacity expansion in India: CEO-1

Abu Dhabi: RAK Ceramics plans to build a third plant in India to almost double its production capacity there next year, the UAE-based company’s chief executive told Reuters.

“Our target in India is to have 20 million square metres of capacity by 2018. We are bullish on growing our capacity and increasing our market share in a fast-growing economy”, Chief Executive Abdallah Massad said in an interview.

The plans to set up a greenfield plant in the western Indian state of Gujarat are at an advanced stage, Massad said.

RAK’s two existing facilities in India have a combined capacity of 11 million square metres of tile.

Among the world’s top five producers of ceramic tile, RAK has been pulling out of businesses such as real estate, construction, warehousing and leasing to free up resources for growth in its core business.

The Abu Dhabi-listed firm makes 110 million square metres of tile annually as well as 5 million pieces of sanitary ware. It has facilities in the UAE, India, Bangladesh and Iran.

It reported a revenue of 2.11 billion dirhams ($575 million) in the first nine months of 2017, a fall of 1 percent.

A slowdown in construction in the UAE and the Gulf, due to government austerity measures, had not affected the company, Massad said, noting that RAK exports about 70 percent of its UAE output to 150 countries.