Ridat, a thermoforming equipment manufacturer based in the UK, has secured its first project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The company will be supplying technology and expertise to support a new packaging facility opened by major dates and confectionery specialist, Al Wathba Dates & Sweets.

Al Wathba Dates & Sweets, located in Abu Dhabi, specialises in fresh dates, date syrup, and confectionery products.

The company recently launched a dedicated facility focused on manufacturing thermoformed packaging solutions and partnered with Ridat to equip the new plant.

Ridat’s solution for Al Wathba Dates & Sweets includes a Model 2420AFCS-P Automatic Thermoforming, Cut & Stack machine, designed for high-speed production and precise forming.

This machine utilises air pressure for improved forming definition and features water-cooled moulds to prevent overheating.

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Additionally, Ridat provided a Model 65SE Sheet Extruder with a maximum screw diameter of 90mm for material processing.

The project scope extended beyond just equipment. Ridat said it offered a comprehensive package that included:

  • Testing of equipment before delivery.
  • Supplying tools and jigs.
  • Factory layout consultation.
  • Technical documentation.
  • Granulator.
  • Two chiller units.
  • Compressor.
  • Design and supply of six forming moulds.

With more than 60 years of experience in thermoforming equipment manufacturing, Ridat brings extensive knowledge to the table. The company also boasts more than 2,500 installations across 65 countries.

“We were delighted to support Dr Eihab Hassan, production director at Al Wathba Dates & Sweets, and his team – and to secure our first contract in the UAE,” said Dipak Sen Gupta, director of Ridat.

“On this project, we have combined our process engineering expertise and the supply of technology with the full range of Ridat’s services, ensuring that the integration of that equipment has been a smooth process for Al Wathba Dates & Sweets. It demonstrates our ability to offer a total solution to our customers.”

Ridat said it offers a single-source solution for packaging plants, providing manual, semiautomatic, and automatic thermoforming machinery alongside related equipment such as blister sealers and roller presses.

Its product portfolio includes more than 70 different solutions.