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Omya and Ittihad Paper Mill in Abu Dhabi Sign Cooperation Agreement for The Manufacture of PCC

Omya Omya will build and operate a new onsite PCC plant for Ittihad Paper Mill with an initial capacity of 100,000 dry metric tons per year. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

May 24, 2017 - Omya and Ittihad Paper Mill L.L.C in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, have signed a cooperation agreement for the manufacture of Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC). Ittihad Paper Mill will be producing high-quality printing and writing paper grades for the domestic and export markets.

The new onsite PCC plant is scheduled to start production in Q3/2018 with an initial capacity of 100,000 dry metric tons per year. The PCC produced will be based on the Omya Multifill® concept to maximize the filler level in the paper sheet.

The Omya Multifill concept is an innovative measure to optimize the paper production efficiency while providing higher quality properties such as bulk, opacity, brightness and printability.

In addition, the onsite PCC plant helps Ittihad Paper Mill achieve its environmental sustainability targets by fully utilizing the mill's CO2 emissions coupled with locally available limestone as raw materials and providing significant savings on fibers, water and energy.

Ittihad Paper Mill LLC is a subsidiary of Ittihad International Investment based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Construction works of the Mill is in phase 1, with a capacity of 320,000 tons/year of reels, folio and cut-size uncoated woodfree sheets, started in Q4/2016, and the project is on track for completion in Q3/2018.

Harald Pfaller, CEO for Omya Region Greater South and East said, “We are very excited to build and operate this new PCC plant for Ittihad in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The close collaboration between Omya and Ittihad has resulted in this long-term commitment.”

Omya is a global producer of industrial minerals — mainly fillers and pigments derived from calcium carbonate and dolomite — and a worldwide distributor of specialty chemicals. To learn more, please visit: