The industrial investment scenario in Salalah got a boost with the setting up of new production units, while the existing older companies are maintaining good track record by becoming consistent and innovative. Most of them have entered into second or third phases of expansion.
One of the youngest companies in the Raysut Industrial Estate (RIE) is Salalah International Plastic Industries (SIPI), which is nearing just one year of its commissioning and has reached 50-60 per cent capacity utilisation.
The company is also aimed at catering to the growing market of Oman, GCC, Yemen and African countries.
In an interview with Observer SIPI General Manager, Thomas Vakkachen, (pictured) sounded confident of achieving desired goals of the company and giving boost to Salalah’s industrial scene.
“Salalah’s location is its greatest strength. It is easy for us to market our products locally and globally. It is easy for us to market in African countries, GCC and Yemen,” said Vakkachen.
Giving an outline of the company Vakkachen said, “SIPI specialises in manufacturing polypropylene (PP) woven sacks. It got established in 2016 and started commercial production from January 2017. The company produces various types of PP woven sacks in its newly constructed ultra modern state of art plant at Rysute industrial area. The facility is using high end European technology with a processing capacity of 4,200 MT/ year to produce 48 million PP sacks/ month for various applications.”
The production unit in the RIE is spread over 20,000 sq metres and covered area is 8000 sq metres. SIPI is a division of Salalah Mills Co, thus the facility is having certified ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 22000. “The objective of the SIPI is to provide all our customers with quality products at competitive price and total customer satisfaction.”
It has a large product range with PP woven bags, one side block bottom bags, valve type cement bags (AD star bags), coated bags, laminated bags, sling band bags, sling band rolls and heavy duty bags for up to 500 kgs. All products can be produced plain or printed up to 6 colours.
Commenting on source of raw materials and distribution of final products, Vakkachen said, “We are buying major raw materials completely from ORPIC, Oman. Considering the feasibility study 40 per cent of our capacity is the local consumption and aim to export 60 per cent. We have agreement with local logistic agencies to deliver our products locally and internationally.”
“The winning combination of SIPI is latest state of art technology, skilled workforce, experienced management, sound promoters, strategic location, stringent quality and top service,” he said.
The SIPI factory facility, according to him, is constructed considering future plan of expansion and has plans to start production of Jumbo bags in near future.
Vakkachen, who has over 33 years of professional experience in the field of production planning, maintenance and quality control, hopes that the polypropylene production would create new business opportunities, generate significant employment opportunity and support the development of downstream plastics industries in Oman.