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The in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony of Oman Formalde­hyde Chem­i­cal Com­pany LLC’s (OFCC) new ca­pac­ity ex­pan­sion plant fa­cil­ity in So­har In­dus­trial Port area was held re­cently un­der the aus­pices of chief guest HE Sheikh Ali Bin Ahmed Al Shamsi, Wali of So­har, top dig­ni­taries from var­i­ous Min­istries, top of­fi­cials from So­har In­dus­trial Port Com­pany, key stake­hold­ers and spe­cial in­vi­tees. The ex­pan­sion of the OFCC’s plant fa­cil­ity is in line with His Majesty Sul­tan Qa­boos Bin Said’s vi­sion for pros­per­ity and de­vel­op­ment of So­har as the most promis­ing in­dus­trial hub and for the Sul­tanate of Oman and its peo­ple and serves as a timely gift to the na­tion on its 48th an­niver­sary of the launch of mod­ern Omani Re­nais­sance.

De­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress, Yatin Bane CEO – OFCC, wel­comed the chief guest and other dig­ni­taries and said, “The en­tire OFCC team and me are very proud to wel­come you here in cel­e­bra­tion of this project, which is not only a tes­ta­ment to the vi­sion and en­ergy of all of the stake­hold­ers in­volved but also an en­dors­ing tes­ta­ment to the pro­fes­sion­al­ism, en­ergy, com­mit­ment and de­sire of ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in­volved that has made this project a re­al­ity within 21 months from its in­cep­tion and board ap­proval and within record 16 months from ex­e­cu­tion of con­tracts to the de­liv­ery of the first batch of prod­uct, Urea Formalde­hyde Con­cen­trate – 85 which, I am happy to re­port, passed full com­pli­ance and spec­i­fi­ca­tion checks ready to be de­liv­ered to our clients both do­mes­tic and abroad.”

Oman Formalde­hyde Chem­i­cal

Com­pany LLC (OFCC) is a joint ven­ture com­pany and is the only Formalde­hyde man­u­fac­turer in the Sul­tanate of

Oman. The com­pany was es­tab­lished in May 2005 and the First plant went into Com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion in April 2008. The Com­pany is in the busi­ness of man­u­fac­tur­ing Urea Formalde­hyde Con­cen­trate - 85 (UFC-85) and Aqueous Formalde­hyde – 37 (AF-37) The Com­pany caters to the re­quire­ment of do­mes­tic as well as a wide range of In­ter­na­tional cus­tomers. Lo­cated in So­har, a port-city that has rein­vented it­self in­dus­tri­ally in the re­cent years, OFCC is a proud part of the town’s eco­nomic growth and its in­creas­ing suc­cess as a global in­dus­trial hub. Its lo­ca­tion in the So­har In­dus­trial Port

Area gives it the com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage of avail­ing ma­jor raw ma­te­ri­als within the port area, thus al­low­ing it to cater to the grow­ing needs of the mar­ket. Since its in­cep­tion, OFCC has left no stone un­turned to surge ahead and hon­our­ing the trust they have re­ceived world­wide. The plant has been charg­ing ahead with 100 per cent sales since 2013 and a mas­sive 118 per cent ca­pac­ity util­i­sa­tion since 2015. These fig­ures have paved the way for ex­pan­sion, in or­der to meet the de­mands with the best qual­ity of pro­duc­tion.

Speak­ing on the ex­pan­sion while de­liv­er­ing his speech, Deputy Man­agerPro­jects Prasad said, “The need for this Project arose from the grow­ing de­mand in the mar­ket place for Urea Formalde­hyde Con­cen­trate – 85 per cent which, as you all now know, is widely known as UFC-85 in the do­mes­tic as well as In­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

With the com­mis­sion­ing of the new plant, the over­all ca­pac­ity of the com­pany has gone up from 44,000 to 84,000 te as Urea Formalde­hyde Con­cen­trate 85 (UFC-85) and from 71,000 to 136,000 te as Aqueous Formalde­hyde 37 (AF-37), the de­mand for which comes from the fer­tiliser in­dus­try for an­ti­cak­ing agent mar­ket and also to im­prove the crush­ing strength of Urea, which en­ables it to be ex­ported in bulk car­goes across the globe.

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