GAC Dubai’s contract logistics arm has opened a new dedicated co-packing facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, as part of the company’s continued investment and growth strategy.
With its workforce of 200 operatives, GAC Dubai’s contract logistics team plans to increase the current throughput of 7.5m unit customisations to 11m per month by mid-2017.
The ground plus two-floor mezzanine adds 800 sq m to the co-packing area, making 1,800 sq m of space available for value added services including printing, labelling, kitting and product assembly. The facility also includes two new temperature-controlled cleanrooms.
“The new facility allows the customisation requirements of our clients to be handled even more efficiently, and the extra capacity enables us to deliver more services and expand the important value addition sector of the contract logistics business,” said Neil McMaster, General Manager – Contract Logistics at GAC Dubai.
Commenting on the expansion that is set to continue into 2017 and beyond, GAC Dubai’s Managing Director, Stuart Bowie added, “This latest move represents just one small step in our wider growth plans in Dubai. In the last 18 months we have invested in a dedicated warehouse for a long-term customer, The One, refurbished 24,000 pallets to a European food grade standard and implemented an energy-efficient district cooling plant and water recycling systems. We are currently in the final stages of contractor selection to build a new 72,900 pallet facility at Dubai World Central.”