Rima Industries plans expansion of its plant

MUSCAT— Rima Carbonate Industries, manufacturers of micronised calcium carbonate in the Sultanate of Oman, is currently working on an expansion plan to double the capacity of its plant in order to meet increasing demand of the company's products.

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Published: Sun 24 Apr 2005, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:09 PM

“Although we have firm enquires for our products from other neighbouring countries, including India and South Africa, we are unable to meet this demand as there is no spare capacity available,” says P.K.P.Nambiar, General Manager of the company."

The company is currently selling 30 per cent of its output in the Oman market and the balance 70 per cent in the UAE market.

The company’s products are widely accepted in the paint industry, construction chemicals, oilfield applications, carpet manufacture, waterproofing products etc in Oman and the UAE. With the expansion some new product range will also be introduced.

Rima Carbonate’s fully automated plant built with latest German technology is located in Rusayl Industrial Estate in Muscat. The plant is in its third year of production and has been operating to its optimum capacity for the past one year.

Product range: The company is producing calcium carbonate in several fineness grades from 5 microns up to 150 microns. Different particle size (fineness grades) is required for different applications. While finer grades are required for paint manufacturing, the requirement for oilfield use is very coarse grades.

“Although we have customers in all market segments, our major customers are paint manufacturers. Our second largest market segment is in oil Industry,” said Nambiar, adding that the company secured a three- year contract, earlier this year, for supply of calcium carbonate to oil companies in Abu Dhabi. The value of this contract is around Dh5 million.

The raw material used for the production of micronised calcium carbonate is high purity (99 per cent CaCO3) limestone, which is procured from local sources, and as such no imported raw material is used. High-grade limestone is available in plenty all over Oman and there will be no shortage for this material in the foreseeable future.

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