Lalan Middle East’s Groundbreaking Ceremony Of Medical Glove Packing Plant In Sohar Freezone

Suhar: SOHAR Freezone witnessed the groundbreaking ceremony of Lalan’s Middle East US$ 5 million Medical Glove Packing Plant along with an ETO sterilization unit on 5,000 sqm of land in SOHAR Freezone. Once built, the project will supply the local, regional and international market with surgical sterile gloves and disposable Nitrile and Latex gloves. The gloves will be available for purchase locally and will also be exported to both the GCC region and the USA.

The plant will produce 60 million premium disposable gloves annually, from nitrile and latex. Launching by end of 2024, the production will begin with 20 million pairs of latex surgical gloves, scaling to 40 million pairs annually thereafter. This milestone underscores Lalan’s dedication to superior products and sustainable growth in global healthcare.

Lalith Hapangama, Chairman of Lalan Group, explained the rationale behind choosing Oman as the regional hub, citing its strategic location, stability, and the warm welcome extended by the Omani people. He affirmed the group’s long-term vision to expand operations in the Sultanate and establish a robust supply network across the GCC, North African region, and the USA, leveraging Oman’s FDA association.”

Highlighting the importance of the ceremony, Omar Mahmood Al Mahrizi, CEO of SOHAR Freezone, DCEO of SOHAR Port said, “Today’s groundbreaking ensures our unwavering commitment to our investors, ensuring their journey with us is both fruitful and rewarding at every step. As we strengthen SOHAR Freezone growing pharmaceutical cluster with this new plant, we stand firm in our dedication to fostering an environment where businesses thrive. This milestone is a testament to the opportunities within the Freezone; it reflects our ongoing promise to support our partners in realizing their ambitions and contributing to Sultanate of Oman’s economic diversification goals.”

This project exemplifies the Lalan Group’s commitment to advancing economic growth and industrial development in Oman, harmonizing with SOHAR’s strategic objective of attracting innovative companies and driving sustainable economic progress within the region.

Boilerplate (Lalan Summery):

Established in 1940, LALAN Group stands as a distinguished family-owned Conglomerate headquartered in Sri Lanka. With a global presence through branch offices in the UK, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Turkey, and Oman, we boast a workforce of over 8000 individuals. Our operations are vertically integrated, encompassing plantations in Tea, Rubber, Spices, and a network of more than 20 Manufacturing facilities in Sri Lanka. Proudly exporting to over 76 countries, our commitment to quality, innovation, community, and the environment has garnered global recognition. Lalan Group has consistently been honored on the global stage for its significant contributions to the Sri Lankan industries, particularly in the rubber sector.

About SOHAR Port and Freezone

As one of the fastest-growing ports in the world, SOHAR Port and Freezone continues to leverage on its strategic location and enhance its services, positioning itself as a key logistics hub within the region and across the world boasting container, liquids, and bulk terminals. A powerful combination of the expertise of the Port of Rotterdam and ASYAD Group, it is earmarked as one of the Sultanate’s mega-projects, home to logistics, petrochemicals, and metal clusters, as well as the region’s first dedicated agri terminal. Today, after 20 years of operation, it serves as the main gateway for import and export in Oman, directly contributing 2.1% of the country’s GDP and almost 26,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities. With a focus on sustainable development and cutting-edge technology, it is leading the development and modernization of the Sultanate’s logistics infrastructure and supporting the economic diversification objectives of Oman’s 2040 Vision.

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