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Omani SME steps in to produce PPE

9 Aug 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

The need for local manufacturing of essential commodities as well as medicines and personal protective equipment (PPE) within the country has never been felt more than during the current pandemic.

Taking a cue, an Omani SME engaged in producing plastic packaging for the food and beverage industry, transformed its production line to manufacture protective face shields, thereby stepping up to fill the shortfall of PPE in the country as well as supplying the government with much needed protective item used in the fight against coronavirus. 

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Said al Mashnai, 33, an entrepreneur from Dhofar, who established his business in 2015 to produce packaging for food and beverage industry, said, “In early 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Oman, I decided to change the production line in my factory to producer protective face shields and soon started to supply the government as well as the Oman market.” 

With the global supply chain impacted by the pandemic, Mashnai initially found hard to source raw material for the production of PPE. If it wasn’t for Octal, which is based in Salalah Free Zone and produces Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) for the plastic packaging industry, the switch for Mashnai would have been difficult.

“We are thankful to Octal for making PET rolls available to us at a very competitive price, in line with their strategy to support Omani SMEs, as accessing material from outside the country was a big challenge.”

Talking about the importance of local manufacturing, Mashnai said that each country needs to make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items locally and ensure its availability in the national market at a competitive price, which helps the general population as well as the manufacturing industry.

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