GMA Steel plans capacity expansions

Expectations of a stream of orders flowing from huge investments made by the Saudi public and private sectors have prompted GMA Steel Industries to expand existing facilities and create new ones.

Jeddah based GMA Steel is building a new plant in Yanbu with capability to handle 3,000 tonnes of steel for making a range of products required by power and desalination plants, refineries, petrochemical facilities, power transmission firms and telecom projects.

At its existing plants in Jeddah and Dammam, a four-fold expansion is ongoing to raise capacity at the two sites to a total of 10,000 tonnes. The new facilities and expansions will be completed by this year's end.

Mr Mohammed Siraj project engineer of GMA said that large scale infrastructure expansions and hectic industrialization in Saudi Arabia had led to heightened demand for a range of services required by EPC contractors. The new facilities GMA Industries was constructing were a direct result of that demand and would help the company to cater to project requirements more substantially and over a broader area.

Mr Siraj said that we have a growing number of customers in Yanbu. The new plant will make it possible for us to deal expeditiously with projects in that area rather than have men and material shipped from our Jeddah facility some 400 kilometers away.

GMA Steel Industries operates under the Starco brand and has been set up by India's Bintel Group. The company is operating in Saudi Arabia under a licence issued by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

The Saudi facilities are engaged in the supply of steel and the design, estimation, fabrication and erection of heavy, medium and light steel structures. The product range includes storage tanks, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, pipe modules, telecom towers, cranes, stairs, handrails and gratings, conveyor systems, mechanical spare parts, water and gas pipe lines, trusses and beams, The company performs industrial maintenance and has competence in setting up plants across a host of sectors.

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