OQ’s polymers meet soaring demand in Asia

OQ at PlastIndia 2023

Investment opportunities, including OQ's Ladayn Park initiative, were showcased at the PlastIndia event from 1-5 February.

OQ, the Oman-based energy transition enabler that specializes in PP and PE grades for flexible and rigid packaging solutions, continues building on a long-lived trading partnership between its home country and India as the company greets familiar faces at the PlastIndia event in New Delhi this week.

Oman’s total trade with India almost doubled last year and was estimated at US$9.9bn in 2021-2022 compared to US$5.4bn in 2020-2021. OQ believes the trade opportunities will only further prosper as India’s population, its demand for plastic products, and countries’ collaborations continue to grow momentum. An advantageous prospect of a free trade agreement between the two countries is in the works, with discussions at an advanced stage.

The Indian sub-continent is one of the fastest-growing regions for polymer demand with a CAGR of 6% projected for the 2022-2030 period. In addition, with rising income levels being seen across the region, the demand for plastic products is set to increase exponentially. Harnessing years of success and confidence in the face of challenges, OQ is primed for demand and ready to take action in support of its close partnership with India.

Speaking from OQ’s stand at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, Ali Al Lawati, VP for Global Sales at OQ, said, “With unique products manufactured at a world-class plant in Oman, OQ provides multiple industry solutions across several key market segments in India. From flexible and rigid packaging and infrastructure to agriculture and automotive industries, we are excited to empower our business relationship with India and add to what is already a unified and thriving imports partnership between our two nations.”

According to Oman’s ministry of commerce and industry, Indian enterprises and establishments in the country account for an estimated investment of US$$7.5 billion across several key industries covering finance, aviation, iron/steel, cement, chemicals, automotive, fertilizers, and more.

India and Oman share a collective vision to promote economic well-being across their countries, building a collaborative network to transport goods throughout a global supply chain, and attracting highly skilled talent to join their journey towards greater domestic innovation in the polymer market.

Landmark examples of Indian business activity in Oman include:

Port of Duqm special economic zone: Around US$1.8 billion contribution to significant investments made by Indian companies and Duqm port authorities.

Sohar port and free zone: Several Indian firms have emerged as leading investors, further supporting global trade routes between Europe and Asia.

India and Oman are connected by geography, history, and culture, enjoying warm and advantageous relations. Much of this can be attributed to historical maritime trade linkages and the continuing role played by the Indian community in contributing to the progress of Oman.

Investment opportunities, including OQ’s Ladayn Park initiative, were showcased at the PlastIndia event from 1-5 February.

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