RAK Ceramics revealed it sourced raw materials from all over the world that have passed through a series of checks, with a lot of material sourced locally.
It said its current suppliers from Europe, Far-East and Asia, besides UAE have all passed quality standards and have a good track record with product quality, pricing and delivery times.
“Sourcing key raw materials is crucially important as we continue to expand our manufacturing capability and deal with the growing challenges of finding quality resources,” Abdallah Massaad, deputy CEO, RAK Ceramics.
“It is therefore essential for us to keep abreast of the supply situation and to always keep looking for more strategic resources, which will be vital for RAK Ceramics to manufacture consistently high-quality products and to avoid any interruption in production,” he said.
RAK Ceramics, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, said its suppliers maintain their own mines and processing plants or manufacturing units.
In addition, a large percentage of clay and limestone raw materials are locally sourced in Ras Al Khaimah, which makes it more cost effective.
“Moreover, the quality of the raw materials is of paramount importance as it has a direct impact on the quality of the finished product. In this regard, entire purchasing activities are carried out strictly in conformance with ISO 9001:2008 and our in-house Quality Control and Assurance standards,” added Massaad.
Before orders are made, RAK Ceramics studies the supplier’s profile and product specifications. The supplier submits a small sample for laboratory trials and if it passes the tests, a bigger quantity is requested for a semi-industrial test.
If the semi-industrial tests pass RAK Ceramic’s standards, there is another test where a full container is ordered for bulk commercial trials. It is only after this that RAK Ceramics negotiates with the supplier to place bulk orders.