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Ducab to make high-voltage cables

Company to manufacture locally to end import reliance

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DUCAB managing director Andrew Shaw says local manufacturing will reduce reliance on imports.
DUCAB managing director Andrew Shaw says local manufacturing will reduce reliance on imports.

Ducab is to begin production of high-voltage cables for the regional market, as the Gulf continues its drive to lessen its dependence on imports, the Gulf News has reported.

The firm – a joint venture between the Dubai and Abu Dhabi governments, is currently in the middle of a major expansion. MD Andrew Shaw has said that the firm currently has up to a 50 per cent share of the UAE’s cable market, and is also looking at new markets in Africa, Europe and Asia. The utilities sector currently makes up between 25 and 30 per cent of Ducab’s business and, while the UAE is technically self sufficient, Shaw says, cheaper prices often mean that imports are preferred by customers.

“We have an ongoing and important fight on quality,” he says, adding: “this is important, coming from all sorts of places – there’s always going to be some opportunistic import.”

 

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