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Plastics packaging industry in the GCC saw a 15-20 % in first three quarters of 2010, according to Duplas Al Sharq L.L.C, a subsidiary of Emirates Investment & Development (Emivest), in which Dubai Government holds 30 per cent stake.

Duplas is engaged in the manufacture of high quality plastic PE, PET, PP and PC bottles and closures ranging from 200 ml up to 25 litres, catering to the increasing packaging demands for lubricant, detergent, shampoo, chemical, edible oil, dairy, juice and water industries in the UAE and international markets.

Mohammad Nofal - general manager, Duplas said that plastics for construction purposes is the only sector that was affected by the global crunch whereas the packaging plastics industry showed a positive growth in 2010.

Nofal added, "We cater to a number of industry verticals, locally and abroad. Predominantly we service LUBE oil companies such as ENOC, Shell, Total and ELF. We also supply to local and international brands in home care, personal care, food applications and beverages industry such as Reckitt Benckiser (Dettol, Harpic, Vanish) and Al Rawabi."

Duplas will increase its production capacity by 20 percent in 2011, with a further capacity thrust of 30 percent by 2012. Currently, it has a single production facility in the Jebel Ali Industrial zone but there are plans to expand manufacturing.