Dubai based ink manufacturers, Ahbar Industries has announced that they will establish a branch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed Saif Al Ghurair, president of Ahbar Industries, the ink manufacturer, explained: “In Riyadh, our factory would have a capacity to produce 500 tonnes. Saudi Arabia market is very  big and we are happy to be closer to serve our customers better.”

Established in February 2013, Ahbar Industries manufactures water based inks for flexographic application in paper, kraft and test liner for corrugated boxes; solvent based inks, for both flexographic and rotogravure applications in flexible films; adhesives and coatings,  press chemical among others. 

Al Ghurair, president of Ahbar Industries added: “We had huge requirements of ink for our own inhouse packaging group,  and that was when I first thought of setting my own manufacturing unit,  to initially meet our own requirements and service others as well.  Although we are new players,  we have established a huge customer base within UAE, in GCC and other countries like Sudan and Tanzania. In Kuwait, we have established a market leader position exporting about 30 tonnes each month. We are concentrating on the packaging industry, entering the UV flexo and UV offset markets and do not have plans to enter into the textile market.  There is a 10% growth each  year, while Ahbar Industries are growing at a faster rate.  Innovative ideas are giving a further boost to printing on packaging.”

“We have certification from Intertek and FDA approval. We have passed the migration test and our inks have been certified as having no heavy metals.  We also plan on getting ISO and BRC certified as well.”

Located in an area of 3000 m², at Umm Ramool Industrial area, Ahbar Industries buys dry pigments from Europe and India, and processes them in their Dubai plant.  

“Along with coating, Ahbar Inks has a full range of metal decorating inks (offset inks for tin printing), for aluminum collapsible tubes printing and UV inks for tin sheet printing. With flush technology for pigments, it is possible to make high loaded pigmented inks, with all the characters like gloss, sheen, and light fastness,” added Al Ghurair.