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Jotun's New Dubai Factory Opened by Sheik Hamdan

Published on 2004-03-30. Author : SpecialChem

2004-03-30 - It was a time both for festivities and for celebrating relations between the UAE and Norway when HRH Sheik Hamdan officially opened Jotun's new paint factory in Dubai. Over 800 guests attended the magnificent opening ceremony under the slogan "Hand in Hand into a bright future".

As well as Sheik Hamdan, Sheik Hazah from Abu Dhabi and the Norwegian minister of foreign affairs, Jan Petersen, also took part in the ceremony. Also present was Jotun's entire Norwegian board of directors. The actual factory opening was marked by the traditional cutting of a ribbon, an official start of production and filling the first tin of paint, which was formally presented to Sheik Hamdan. The Sheik, accompanied by a considerable retinue, was then shown around the factory, finishing at a ceremonial area that had been set up for the occasion. Here all the guests were welcomed by Erik Aaberg, the managing director of Jotun UAE, with a large presentation about relations between Jotun, Norway and the UAE using speeches, music and video clips projected onto large screens in the ceremonial area.

There was a long list of speakers, as is fitting and proper at such major events. The first speaker was Odd Gleditsch Jr, who had also attended the opening of the factory in Dubai in 1975, followed by the Norwegian foreign affairs minister, Jan Petersen, attending as one of the well-wishers. Later occupants of the speaker's platform included Mirza Al Sayegh, chairman of Jotun UAE, managing director and chief executive Knut Almestrand, chairman Odd Gleditsch dy and the project manager for the new factory, Ole Kval. All this was accompanied by an orchestra. There was Norwegian music and there were both Norwegian singing stars as well as one of the best-known local singing stars in Dubai.

We would like to add that the new factory has cost close to NOK 150 million. It is the largest paint factory in the Middle East, with a capacity of 60 million litres, representing a tripling of the capacity of the old factory. This factory will allow Jotun UAE to expand into an exciting and still-developing market. In addition to the nearby market represented by Dubai, the factory also exports paint to countries such as Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and Iran.

Source: Jotun

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