Muscat: Meeting fast-growing international demand for its fully-recyclable and economically-efficient polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheet product, Oman’s export powerhouse Octal has achieved a remarkable new monthly record with the production running at 93.9 per cent of its capacity.
Set in the month of October, the landmark accomplishment was realised within just two months of the introduction of a progressive High Performance Shift Team System, developed as part of the company’s commitment to continuous innovation in all aspects of its operations and activities. This increase in capacity utilisation has freed up production to initiate accelerated growth in Asia and Latin America.
“By focusing on working patterns, this results-driven system optimized teamwork and maximised staff focus on improvement and efficiency, delivering high volumes, better staffing and overall delivering better quality with a reduction of its waste. And of course, as with all Octal processes and procedures, the system was based on international best practice and incorporated the latest performance management methods and techniques,” explained Sean Brown, GM Operations at Octal.
“This production milestone is a great credit to the professional skills of Octal’s highly motivated Sheet Department Staff, to their exemplary implementation of the new system, and to their on-going dedication to the success of the company,” he added.
“Their efforts, along with Octal’s strategic investment in innovation, capacity building and cutting edge technology, enables the company to continue to achieve substantial and sustainable growth as it leads the world in the manufacture of environmentally-friendly PET packaging solutions and contributing to the diversification of Oman’s economy,” he further said.
Proudly Oman’s leading non-oil exporter, Octal is the world’s largest producer of PET sheet and resin on a single site and the world’s leading clear rigid packing material supplier, producing nearly one million metric tons of bottle grade PET per year. Demand for Octal products continues to increase, and the company is expanding in the markets of the United States, the Middle East, South America, and Asia, where in association with converting partners, it is advancing its global presence. Octal envisions that in 2017 and 2018, its growth will mostly come from high volume, high profit applications in the Middle East and Latin America.