Construction of the factory, in Mussafah, is due to be completed in May 2008.

It will have a production capacity of 360,000 square metres a year of glazed structures for building facades. This will include two dedicated production lines for unitised curtain walls.

Germany’s Alcoa Group is the factory’s system supplier.

Bag, part of UAE-based Al-Faraa Construction Group, is capitalising on the construction boom in the federation. “In Abu Dhabi demand for glazed structures is nearly 5 million square metres a year,” says Ashraf Al-Bolok, operations manager at Bag. “There is huge demand here.”

Bag’s existing capacity for glazed structures stands at 140,000 square metres a year.

“We are now nearly trebling this and there will be more expansion in future,” says Al-Bolok. “We will be fully equipped with the latest unitised system technology to meet the market requirements for more advanced and sophisticated building technology.”