Last year, with an investment of Dh220 million for buildings, machinery and infrastructure, DUCAB set up an aluminium manufacturing plant at Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad) under a joint-venture with SENAAT.
The joint venture, DUCAB Aluminium Company (DAC), will develop a 50,000tpa aluminium rod mill, of which 16,000tpa will be converted on-site into finished overhead conductors.
DUCAB also hopes to take part in the GCC interconnection power grid once it starts rolling out its overhead cables onto the market.
DUCAB is supplying MV, LV power and control and grounding cables for the two projects.
Similarly, DUCAB has supplied locally produced 60 year non-class 1E power cables for the four reactors at the $20bn Barakah nuclear facility, with each reactor expected to produce 1400MW of electricity by the year 2020.
For example, DUCAB is now the first cable manufacturer in the world to produce cables with a 60 year life span, to meet the requirements set by the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC).
Last year, DUCAB acquired the UK-based AEI Cables to start manufacturing specialist cables geared towards more niche markets, especially within emerging economies on the African continent to expand its current export market consisting of countries such as Hong Kong, UK and Australia.
He says that DUCAB has pioneered a practice in the regional cable industry that allows their customers to design their own cables to suit their needs.