Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi – KEZAD Group and Emtelle, a global manufacturer of passive fibre-optic network solutions, have signed an agreement to build one of the world’s largest facilities for the manufacture of fibre optic ducting and pre-connectorised solutions.
Emtelle will invest approximately US$50 million in three phases of manufacturing. The building, located on a 48,000 sqm land plot, will be leased under a Build-to-Suit agreement with KEZAD.
The Emtelle facility is the second Build-to-Suit agreement that KEZAD has signed.
The facility will allow Emtelle to enhance its manufacturing capacity of microducting, bundled ducting and pre-connectorised solutions for fibre-optic networks, turbocharging network deployment regionally and globally from this hub in Abu Dhabi.
The agreement is considered as the latest step in the expansion of Emtelle in the Middle East, following the acquisition and rebrand of AfriPipes Middle East in 2021.
“The UAE has always been at the forefront of technological advancement in the region. Emtelle’s establishment of its central global hub in Abu Dhabi speaks volumes of KEZAD’s ability to connect businesses to the world. Today, we are proud to be at the beginning of an era where digital connectivity of the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region will be made in KEZAD.”
Mr. Tony Rodgers, CEO of Emtelle Group, remarked that opening the new KEZAD manufacturing facility in Abu Dhabi aligns perfectly with Emtelle’s strategic direction and “significantly shortens the supply chains and guarantees both existing and new customers the security of supply.”
“In addition, the expansion allows countries across the Middle East and Asia to significantly enhance their networks at rapid speed, whilst meeting the unprecedented increased demands for pre-connectorized, blown fiber, and ducted solutions,” Mr. Rodgers added.
According to Mr. Sanjay Nischal, Managing Director (Middle East and Asia Pacific) at Emtelle Group, this facility will export 95 percent of its manufactured products globally, leveraging the end-to-end infrastructure presented to Emtelle by KEZAD.