A Qatari manufacturing firm specialising in medical devices has announced plans to diversify its portfolio to fill the gap between local companies and suppliers from siege countries, which have stopped exporting products to Qatar since June.
Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of a workshop held recently at the Qatar Chamber, Qatari German Medical Devices (QGMD) chairman Hamad Khamis al-Kubaisi said the company’s move to diversify from the medical devices industry was prompted by a significant number of inquiries from local companies in Qatar.
He said a varied range of companies in Qatar, including those from the agriculture and food and beverages (F&B) sectors, are looking for alternative sources from within the country that could take over the services provided by international suppliers, especially from siege countries.
Aside from medical devices, al-Kubaisi stressed that QGMD is also capable of providing other services like packaging to local companies in Qatar.
Addressing a group of Qatar-based companies in a workshop at the Qatar Chamber, al-Kubaisi said QGMD is supplying 90% of Qatar’s needs in the medical injection market, citing Hamad Medical Corporation as its “major client,” as well as other medical centres in the private sector.
Aside from Qatar, QGMD is also supplying 14 other countries in Europe, Africa, and in the GCC region, and the company has an annual production capacity of 500mn syringes of different types.
He said QGMD will organise a field visit for the Qatar Chamber and representatives of pharmaceutical and food companies, and to showcase the company’s technological achievements and the latest equipment in the medical devices industry.
“The company has great experience and is qualified in the medical field. We can help local companies and meet the needs of the local market. We have documented cooperation relations with major international companies, and the company’s products cover many countries, including Romania, Germany, Poland, Cyprus, Guinea, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Libya, Pakistan, West Africa, and Switzerland,” al-Kubaisi said.
QGMD EVP Maher Issa said the company has 18 German-made injection machines and come in different sizes. He said the company offers its services and advice to all local companies in the purchase of molds and raw materials that enter the industry, and sterilisation of products using ethylene oxide gas.
Al-Kubaisi also lauded Qatar Chamber for hosting the workshop, which gathered representatives of the Qatari business community and local manufacturers.
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