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Syed Ali
Syed Ali
General Manager

Interview with Syed Ali

MENA region has a bright future with converted products

Located in JAFZA, Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, MMS Nonwoven is a subsidiary company of Saudi Arabia-based Al Harithy Global, Saudi Arabia. Established in 2018 with spunbond nonwoven production, the company has now expanded to produce polypropylene spunmelt nonwoven, agriculture crop covers and converted products like nonwoven laminates, printed nonwoven rolls, different types of shopping bags, tape rolls, laundry bags, and lot more. In an interview with Shilpi Panjabi, MMS General Manager Syed Ali discusses spunbond and spunmelt fabric market and production in the UAE.

TT: How would you describe the current market scenario for nonwovens? Is COVID-19 still driving the growth?

The market currently is in an upward trend; it is better than it was in 2021. Sales based on the COVID-19 effect are fading away. Freight charges and volatile polypropylene (PP) prices are affecting sales.

TT: Which are your major markets in MENA and outside?

Our major markets are in MENA, like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Tanzania, Oman, and Libya. Other countries are Turkey (EU) and the US.


Which are your major markets in MENA and outside?
TT: What is your production capacity at present? What percentage of it is devoted to spunbond and spunmelt products?

Our current capacity is 6,000 MT per annum. Of this, spunbond fabric is 2,400 MT, and spunmelt is another 2,400 MT. Converted products (bags, bedsheets, isolation gowns, etc) constitute 1,200 MT per annum.

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TT: What are the challenges and opportunities you come across as a manufacturer in the Middle East?

The cost of production is slightly higher in the Middle East than in Asian countries, but because of its strategic location, middle east gets an advantage in prompt delivery of products to MENA region and Europe.


What are the challenges and opportunities you come across as a manufacturer in the Middle East?
TT: What kinds of nonwoven products are in demand in the MENA region and Europe? Where is the demand growing?

MENA region has a bright future with the converted products, whereas Europe has demand for spunmelt fabrics.

TT: What kind of technologies and innovations do you plan to invest in going forward?

We would invest in high production capacity machineries for bags and other converted products, except facemasks.


What kind of technologies and innovations do you plan to invest in going forward?
TT: Where do you see the applications for spunbond and spunmelt technologies growing?

Spunbond growth is expected in disposable products such as bags and bedsheets, while the use of spunmelt is projected to grow in medical disposables.

TT: What kind of government supporting does the nonwoven and technical textiles industry receives in the United Arab Emirates?

In general, all industries are supported by the UAE government.


What kind of government supporting does the nonwoven and technical textiles industry receives in the United Arab Emirates?
TT: What are your plans related to expansion? Please share a few details.

We expect to increase fabric production capacity to 12,000 MT per annum by 2024, and converted production capacity to 3,840 MT per annum by the first quarter of 2023.

Published on: 27/05/2022

DISCLAIMER: All views and opinions expressed in this column are solely of the interviewee, and they do not reflect in any way the opinion of technicaltextile.net.


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