Oman’s Samail Industrial City seals expansion deal with Marn

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Samail Industrial City-Marn Partnership
Officials during the signing ceremony.

Oman’s Samail Industrial City, which falls under the umbrella of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (Madayn), has signed a contract with Flexible Rubber Factory (Marn) in order to expand the project, involving an investment of up to $214 million (RO 1 million) and covering a total area of 20,000 sqm.

This expansion aligns with the efforts of supporting circular economy practices, promoting recycling initiatives, and boosting local value-added services.

Mr. Sami Al Kharusi, Owner and Executive Director of Flexible Rubber Factory, pointed out that the factory is the first of its kind in the Sultanate, specializing in recycling used tires and transforming them into rubber-derived products following the process of extracting steel from the rubber powder.

Furthermore, Marn stands as the exclusive factory in the Gulf region that extracts and exports ‘rubber dough’ to global markets for tire manufacturing.

Mr. Al Kharusi noted that the factory stands out for its 100 percent Omani management, and notably, 30 percent of the production lines have been locally manufactured within the factory itself. A remarkable feat of the factory is its 100 percent waste recycling rate, leaving no room for additional waste.

“Moreover, the factory plays a significant role in generating opportunities at the local level, as the rubber dough is used in the manufacturing of a wide array of products, including shoes, waterproof materials, asphalt, and various rubber-based products,” Mr. Al Kharusi further added.

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