Baalbaki Chemical Industries, which makes polyurethanes and special adhesives for a range of industries including footwear, is expanding facilities at its site in the Hamriyah Free Zone in Sharjah.

The new 40,000 metric tons polyester and pre-polymer production plants are due to begin production in the fourth quarter of 2012. The new plant will enable the company to serve the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, India, Pakistan and Iran with footwear materials.

Baalbaki is already a leading polyurethane systems and polyurethane raw material producer in the Middle East, and claims to be the region's only supplier of polyols based on scrap PET.