Ducab: Powering the Region
Ducab is jointly owned by the Governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi (50% each) and has one of the most modern manufacturing units in the region. Spread over two factories, it occupies an area of 590,000 square meters of land in Jebel Ali, Dubai and nearly 330,000 square meters in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi.
Today, Ducab produces over 110,000 copper tonnes equivalent of low voltage, medium and high voltage cables, positioning itself as the leader and the first choice of prestigious customers in the Middle East.
Ducab's product range covers High Voltage cables up to 132kV, Ducab Powerplus Medium Voltage cables up to 33kV, Low
Voltage power cables, control & auxiliary, wiring and lead-sheathed cables, Ducab-Smokemaster- Low Smoke and Fume cables, and Ducab-FR (Fire Resistance Cables), cable components and cable accessories, as well as copper rods that Ducab manufacture in their own copper rod plant.
Ducab is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company for both its factories. The Abu Dhabi factory was recently awarded an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System certificate and an OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety certificate by BASEC (British Approval Services for Cables). The cables comply with and are approved to the full British Standard of the Loss Prevention Certificate Board (LPCB) and Lloyd's Register, UK. These certifications are the latest in a string of recognitions achieved by the company including a two time winner of Gulf Excellence Award, two time winner of Dubai Quality Award, Gold category 2004 & 1998.
Ducab was recently honoured with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Business Excellence Award for their achievements in the manufacturing sector; this award ceremony was in the presence of H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Ducab has also won other awards such as the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Economic Value Creation in the Industrial Sector.
Ducab’s state -of -the -art manufacturing facilities in the UAE include Ducab Jebel Ali, Ducab Mussafah 1 Factory, Ducab Mussafah 2 Factory, Copper Rod Factory and High Voltage (HV) Cable Systems Factory (Opening end 2010). With five manufacturing facilities, they have a manufacturing capability of over 110,000 copper tonnes of high, medium and low voltage cables per annum.
With a modern PVC compounding plant at its Jebel Ali facility, Ducab produces flexible PVC compounds used for insulating and sheathing of electric cables. The plant includes automated weighing and dosing systems for each component of the various formulations. A centralised control system, which includes a dedicated video graphic display system, facilitates user-friendly operation of the whole plant while maintaining accurate control of each component.
Inaugurated in 2005 by H.H Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the 220,000 sq m factory manufactures Building Wires and Low Voltage cables. It has the very latest in production machinery and testing equipment from Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and Finland. Ducab Mussafah 1 Factory is home to the world’s first “Horizontal lead sheathing line” supplied by Folke Sandelin, Sweden.
Ducab Copper Rod Plant is the first Copper Rod Plant in the UAE. The AED 125 million facility is located adjacent to Ducab Mussafah 1 Factory and was inaugurated in June 2008 by H.H Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The copper plant converts raw copper cathode into 8mm diameter Electrolytic Tough Pitch (ETP), Copper rod as per BS EN 1977:1998 and ASTM-B49-08a.
World-Class Quality at Ducab
Ducab’s mission is to produce electric cables and associated products of highest quality and provide customer service that is unequalled worldwide. As one of the founding members of Dubai Quality Group, they strongly believe that the relentless pursuit of quality and continuous improvement is the only long-term route to success. As a result, in 1993, at a time when Quality Management Systems and ISO 9000 standards were relatively unknown in the region, Ducab achieved certification to ISO 9002.
Ducab has always upgraded and maintained its Quality Management Systems to the latest version of ISO 9001 and this is evident from recent approval to its 2008 version certification. Their management systems and products are certified by BASEC UK (British Approvals Services for Electric Cables), a specialist certification body in the cable industry.
As the policy at Ducab is to manufacture electrical power cables of the highest quality, their Management Systems are audited at regular intervals by BASEC UK, Lloyd’s Register UK, LPCB UK and ESMA UAE. In addition, their factory operations and management systems are also audited and approved by major customers such as DEWA, ADWEA, EMAL, ABB, SIEMENS, AREVA and ALDAR.
As part of their continual improvements objective, they have also adopted the Six Sigma methodology pioneered by Motorola and to date more than 20% of Ducab's staff and Engineers are trained and certified Six Sigma Professionals. At Ducab Six Sigma methodology is the acknowledged method of improving product quality and company performance in all areas of the business.
Ducab became the first company in the Middle East to tie-up with the Motorola University to adopt this unique approach and attain new standards in quality management.
Ducab has also embraced the Japanese continuous improvement philosophy 'KAIZEN' and 5 'S', which have been successfully implemented to gain significant advantages. Ducab has implemented the Japanese 5 'S' System that aims to make the working environment more conducive for productivity, innovation and efficiency.