5 - 7 DECEMBER 2022

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Industry Updates

Abu Dhabi has launched a trade initiative aimed at increasing the visibility and brand trustworthiness of products made in the emirate.

The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), affiliated to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), has announced that the Made in Abu Dhabi brand will be added to all industrial licenses issued to factories and manufacturing companies located in the emirate. The IDB has issued a circular to the owners of all industrial facilities registered in the emirate, concerning the permission to use the official Made in Abu Dhabi sign.

This ensures that the brand used is "appropriate, clear and noticeable" on the product. Rashid Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Department, said that the Made in Abu Dhabi campaign aims to encourage the owners of industrial facilities to place the campaign’s approved sign on their products. This will promote the local product’s competitiveness and supports manufacturers across Abu Dhabi in addition to giving the local product manufactured in Abu Dhabi an added value, he added.

The initiative aims to place the Made in Abu Dhabi brand on 3,340 local products from about 888 factories, with a total investment value of AED369.32 billion ($100 billion). A total of 678 factories are located in Abu Dhabi, 181 factories in Al Ain and 29 factories in Al Dhafra. The Undersecretary of ADDED said that the campaign aims to promote the identity of Abu Dhabi’s domestic product, adding that a dedicated Instagram account is set up to post awareness messages. He also said that the campaign is expected to attract more local investors and encouraging entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi.

Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of IDB, said the long-term goal is to enhance the promotion efforts to spread the domestic product of the emirate, which in turn will help strengthen its reputation within the local market and then towards regional and global markets.

Source: Arabian Business 5 June 2021

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development is also adding the sign to industrial and manufacturing licenses it issues.

The Industrial Development Bureau, an Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (Added) agency, is allowing manufacturers and industrial companies in the emirate to use “Made in Abu Dhabi” sign on their products in an effort to support local production.

The department is also adding the sign to all industrial and manufacturing licenses it issues, Added said in a statement on Tuesday. The move is part of Abu Dhabi’s efforts to increase the visibility and brand trustworthiness of all items and organisations bearing the mark.

The campaign aims to promote the local products' “competitiveness and supports manufacturers across the emirate”, and will give the local production an “added value”, Rashid Al Blooshi, undersecretary of Added, said.

The “Made in Abu Dhabi” campaign by the department targets to put the logo on more than 3,340 products, produced by about 888 factories in Abu Dhabi that have a total investment value of Dh369.32 billion ($100.63bn).

These factories are spread across the emirate, with 678 units in Abu Dhabi, 181 in Al Ain and 29 in Al Dhafra region, according to the statement.

Developing the emirate’s non-oil industrial and manufacturing sector and supporting small and medium-sized businesses are central planks of Abu Dhabi economic diversification and development agenda.

The department is keen to support the manufacturing sector of Abu Dhabi, especially the small and medium-sized businesses and help them expand their investments across industrial and agricultural production sectors, Added said.

The “Made in Abu Dhabi” campaign compliments the government agenda and will help in attracting more local investors to the manufacturing sector, as well as boosting entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi, Mr Al Blooshi said.

The move to allow manufacturers to use the signs on their products is the next step in the campaign that started by displaying the sign at sales outlets.

The department, which has started a dedicated Instagram account for the campaign, has also allowed manufacturers to use “Made in Abu Dhabi” sign on their websites, social media platforms and other marketing platforms and tools.

Abu Dhabi's efforts to encourage locally-made products is part of its ambitions to achieve self-sufficiency in production of basic goods and increase the private sector's contribution to manufacturing. The emirate is also providing various incentives to attract investors to manufacturing and strengthen the local supply chain.

Last year, Added launched a basic industries project that seeks to attract investment in food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement.

Source: The National News 23 June 2021

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Economic Development outlined investment opportunities in 27 fields to boost local manufacturing of basic consumer and industrial products in a push towards self-sufficiency.

The government is aiming to attract private sector investment in four key basic industries of food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement, the department told reporters during a virtual press conference on Wednesday.

The government agency highlighted 14 new investment opportunities in medical supplies, including gloves and face shields. Another eight areas in food production targeted range from manufacturing dates to baby foods, turning food waste into animal feed and seed production.

Opportunities in power generation include the manufacture of solar panels and batteries needed for clean energy production and machines for electronic surveillance of power plants.

"Selecting these targeted industries came after detailed analysis in co-ordination with government partner entities based on the amount of consumption of these products and their production rate," said Nabil Saleh Al Awlaqi, the department's environment, health and safety director.

The investment opportunities were identified after studying gaps in the supply chain.

"Through these basic industries we talk about the value chain: how can we complete the value chain with our existing industries, where's our competencies to achieve self-sufficiency?" Khaled Mubarak Banizama, the department's industrial development director, said. "We need to define these gaps and through that we consider the opportunities."

To implement its plan, the government is identifying and engaging key local and global manufacturers to boost production of these goods domestically, Mohamed Ebrahim Al Hosani, Adio's domestic investment director, said.

To attract investors, Abu Dhabi is offering various incentives to manufacturers to stimulate more local production.

This includes a reduction of 10 per cent to more than 30 per cent on electricity tariffs to industrial companies to reduce operational costs, Mr Banizama said.

Details of the investment opportunities emerged after the department said on July 19 it is rolling out a basic industries project aimed at making the emirate "self-sufficient in the production of basic and consumer commodities".

The aim is to increase the private sector's contribution in meeting local demand and encourage exports.

"We hope to attract companies that lead us to a knowledge economy, with the ability for innovation in different sectors," Mr Al Hosani said. "We also want to increase Emiratisation in the private sector."

The project, undertaken by the department’s Industrial Development Bureau, is in partnership with several government entities.

They include the emirate's departments of health and energy, the Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Senaat General Holding and Emirates Global Aluminium.

Food production has become a key focus for the UAE in recent years as it looks to improve its security by encouraging local production and reducing its reliance on exports.

Demand for medical supplies has also skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic and some local manufacturing capacity in the UAE has been converted to meet this need.

Strata, Mubadala Investment Company’s aerospace manufacturing unit, is looking to further diversify into the health technology sector, after producing N95 masks in partnership with Honeywell in May.

Source: The National News 22 July 2020

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development revealed the success of the Basic Industries Project, implemented by its Industrial Development Bureau, in adding 22 new industrial licenses in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, during the first year of its launch, in the medical, food and electrical industries, with a total investment volume of up to 286.4 million dirhams.

Mohamed Ali Al-Shurafa, head of the department, said that the basic industries project, which contributes to achieving self-sufficiency in industrial products at the level of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, aims to identify areas of local industrial investment at the level of the emirate in the main specific sectors, which are the food, medical and electrical industries, which are considered among the Target industries in the updated industrial strategy of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Al-Shurafa stated that the Industrial Development Bureau seeks to add 50 local industrial facilities during the next three years, which contribute to achieving self-sufficiency in many targeted industrial fields, the most important of which are medical, food and electrical, bringing the total industrial facilities currently included in the self-sufficiency system to Abu Dhabi Emirate level, 141 factories.

The honorable praised the level of partnership and joint cooperation between the Department and its strategic partners, in strengthening the system of self-sufficiency in basic products, which contributes to attracting new investments and developing existing basic industries, noting the role of the Department of Health, the Department of Energy, the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, and the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority And Rafid Company, in strengthening the efforts of the Department of Economic Development, to achieve the objectives of the basic industries project, explaining that the manufacturing industries in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi achieved a growth rate of 4.8%, and their contribution rose to 13% of the non-oil GDP, by the end of 2020.

Al Shurafa pointed out that the department launched a policy to achieve self-sufficiency for industrial products in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and worked to raise the list of investment fields, adding 29 new activities with the Abu Dhabi Investment Office, to develop a plan to attract additional new foreign investments, in addition to signing a joint cooperation agreement between the Development Office. The industry, with Salal Company, to implement the Local Content Program.

The report on the achievements of the basic industries project stated that the percentage of local products in the food, medical and electrical industries will be raised to more than 25%, indicating that the list of investment areas that were included in the basic industries project included 17 food industries. , including 8 new industries, and the development of 9 existing industries, while the medical industries included 23 fields, including 14 new industries, and the development of 9 existing industries, and electrical industries 12 areas, including 7 new industries, and the development of 5 existing industries.

The report of the Industrial Development Bureau monitored measuring the impact of the basic industries project that contribute to achieving self-sufficiency, highlighting the new investments according to their classifications. In total, 22 new industries were licensed, with a total investment volume of 286.4 million dirhams.

The report indicated that 7 specialized licenses were licensed in the field of food industries, with investments amounting to 9.8 million dirhams, in addition to the issuance of 6 specialized licenses in the medical industries, with investments amounting to 261.8 million dirhams. The report also monitored the issuance of 9 industrial licenses in the electrical industries sector, with investments amounting to 14.8 million dirhams.

The report of the Industrial Development Bureau stated that the Abu Dhabi Medical Supplies Factory succeeded in signing two agreements to supply injections and specialized materials for the industrial respiratory system, with “Rafid Company”, the collective purchase organization for health care goods and services in the emirate, with a total value of 3.2 million dirhams.

He added that, in the context of enhancing the provision of raw materials, coordination was coordinated between the Abu Dhabi Company for Medical Supplies and Borouge to provide plastic raw materials for medical use locally, for the production of medical syringes, with an investment volume of 94.28 million dirhams, which contributes to raising production capacity by 11%, as of From July 2021, with an expected production volume of 61 million syringes per month.

Source: Middle East in 24 30 August 2021

The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development said on Sunday it has identified 725 industrial activities that could be eligible for full foreign ownership as it seeks to further attract foreign direct investments.

The emirate's Industrial Development Bureau also plans to add 50 industrial facilities over the next three years as part of a push towards self-sufficiency in the local manufacturing of basic commodities from food to medical supplies, Added said.

Added introduced the basic industries project aimed at making the emirate “self-sufficient in the production of basic and consumer commodities” in July 2020. The aim is to increase the private sector's contribution in meeting local demand and to encourage exports. The project, which is being undertaken by the Industrial Development Bureau, will seek to strengthen investment in four major sectors of food production, medical supplies, power generation and important materials such as iron, aluminium and cement.

In the first year of the project, Added granted licences for 22 industrial facilities in the UAE capital. They operate within the medical, food and electrical sectors with a total investment of Dh286.4 million. ($77.9m)

Of these, seven were granted to food production with a total investment of Dh9.8m. Six licences were granted to companies in the medical industries with investments totalling Dh261.8m and nine licences for the electrical industries sector with investments reaching Dh14.8m.

The basic industries project contributes to self-sufficiency in industrial commodities across Abu Dhabi and promotes local industrial investment within key sectors such as steel, aluminium and cement, said Mohammed Al Shorafa, chairman of Added.

Abu Dhabi will also raise the local manufacturing share of industrial commodities in the medical, food and electrical sectors to more than 25 per cent the current share.

The emirate's push towards self-sufficiency has helped to support local manufacturing over the past year.

The Abu Dhabi Medical Supplies Company has signed two agreements with Rafed Company to supply ventilator-related injections and medical consumables with a total value of Dh3.2m, according to Added.

In addition, it has co-ordinated with Abu Dhabi's petrochemicals company Borouge to provide the plastic raw materials for local medical use, to manufacture medical injections with a total investment of Dh94.28m. The partnership will raise the production capacity to 11 per cent as of July 2021, with a total monthly volume of 61 million injections.

Source: The National News 24 August 2021