Apar Industries to set up transformer oil manufacturing unit at Hamriyah Free Zone

Updated 20 November 2014

Apar Industries to set up transformer oil manufacturing unit at Hamriyah Free Zone

Singapore-based Petroleum Specialties Pte. Ltd (PSPL), a fully-owned subsidiary of the world renowned Apar Industries Ltd., is tset up a manufacturing unit at Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA).
The group signed an agreement with Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, chairman of Hamriyah Free Zone Authority (HFZA), Sharjah Airport International Free Zone (SAIF ZONE) and the Sharjah Sea Ports and Customs Department.
Kushal N. Desai, managing director of Apar Industries represented the Apar Industries Ltd.
Saud Al-Mazrouei, director of HFZA & SAIF ZONE; Sanjay Abhyankar, senior vice president of Apar Industries and project manager for HFZA project; Shirish Patwardhan, executive director, Rchemie International FZC; Sanjit Ghate, director of operations, Rcheme International FZC and other top officials were present at the signing ceremony that took place at SAIF ZONE.
Apar Industries Ltd. is the largest manufacturer of transformer oil, white oils, rubber process oils and lubricants (industrial & automotive) in India. 
The GCC and Africa accounts for a significantly large portion of Apar’s export revenues. 
The group has a $850 million diversified company offering value-added products and services in power transmission conductors, petroleum specialties and power cables.
The group accounts for about 50 percent of the Indian transformer oils market and about 22 percent of its aluminum conductor market. 
 “Our goal to create a robust business environment by meeting the needs and demands of our investors,” Saud Salim Al-Mazrouei said, while welcoming the 4th largest manufacturer of  transformer oils in the world to HFZA.
“We are keen to set up a manufacturing unit at HFZA, which can cater to the African/MENA market and help in expanding our reach to the  CIS countries,” said Kushal Desai, managing director of Apar Industries.
“We will set up this manufacturing facility through our Singapore-based subsidiary Petroleum Specialties Pte Ltd,” he added. 
When asked about the investment, he said: “The project is huge and still on the drawing board. Once detailed engineering is done we will be able to furnish further information about the project cost, working capital, etc.”
Abhyankar said: “HFZA has extended extensive support to us and PSPL has been awarded 30,000 square meters of land in HFZA to develop the facility and we plan to complete the project by December 2015."
He said: "“We are moving to HFZA due to its strategic location and as per the recommendation of our business associates Rchemie International FZC that already has a base in HFZA."
While evaluating their current market presence in the MENA/Africa region, Abhyankar said that Apar Industries Ltd. has decent market and sales in Africa, including MENA, and PSPL has strengthened the business of its customers through proactive product development.
“Currently, Apar Industries, which is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), exports specialty oils to more than 70 countries,” Abhyankar said.
Hamriyah Free Zone houses 6,000 companies from across 155 nations, welcoming foreign investment from more than 500 industries in the key sectors of oil and gas, petrochemicals, maritime, steel, construction, and food.


Emirates airline to cut up to 9,000 jobs: report

Updated 35 min 5 sec ago

Emirates airline to cut up to 9,000 jobs: report

  • Emirates plans to fly to 58 cities by mid-August, down from about 157 before the coronavirus
  • The company’s president the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff and that Emirates

DUBAI: Emirates airline has cut a tenth of its workforce during the novel coronavirus pandemic in layoffs that could rise to 15 percent, or 9,000 jobs, its president said, according to a report on Saturday.
The Middle East’s largest carrier, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft, halted operations in late March as part of global shutdowns to stem the spread of the virus.
It resumed two weeks later on a limited network and plans to fly to 58 cities by mid-August, down from about 157 before the crisis.
However, its president Tim Clark has said previously that it could take up to four years for operations to return to “some degree of normality,” and the airline has been staging rounds of layoffs, as recently as last week, without disclosing numbers.
Before the crisis hit, Emirates employed some 60,000 staff, including 4,300 pilots and nearly 22,000 cabin crew, according to its annual report.
Clark said in an interview with the BBC that the airline had already cut a tenth of its staff and that Emirates “will probably have to let go of a few more, probably up to 15 percent.”
A company spokeswoman told AFP the airline had nothing to add to the report.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that airlines are in line to make a combined net loss of more than $84 billion this year in the wake of the pandemic crisis, the biggest in the industry’s history.
Clark said in the interview that Emirates was “not as badly off as others” but that the crisis hit just as it was “heading for one of our best years ever.”
The Dubai-based airline had reported a bumper 21 percent rise in annual profits in March.