Garnet Arabia Company (GAC) is a joint venture between the GMA Garnet Group (GMA) and Global Suhaimi Company (GSC) in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. The company was established in 2005.
Global Suhaimi was incorporated in the eastern province of Saudi Arabia in 1976. The Group’s highly diversified interests span a variety of activities including industrial services, commercial services & supplies, education & training as well as manufacturing.
In 2006, GAC established a Bulk Handling & Garnet Processing facility in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. The city has the largest industrial complex of its kind in the world for various industries including the largest petrochemical plant in the region.
The 15,000m2 state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to process and package up to 40,000mt of loose bulk garnet abrasive to cater for the region’s surface preparation as well as waterjet cutting requirements. GAC is the leading garnet abrasive provider in the Oil & Gas sector and GMA Garnet™ abrasive is approved and in use by Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer.
The facility is also equipped to process up to 25,000mt of used garnet into quality Arabian Garnet. Recycling used garnet helps to maximise the life-span of the abrasive and provides an environmentally friendly solution for garnet disposal.
GAC is also the only garnet abrasive provider in the region to offer a recycling package programme that facilitates the collection of used garnet to be re-processed. Besides the benefits of lower disposal costs, the programme provides a responsible solution for companies to dispose their used material. The spent material that is collected from various sites will be pre-processed at the facility before being delivered to GAC’s plant in Jubail for final processing.
In 2012, GAC expands its operation to Masturah in the Western Region of Saudi Arabia to service that region’s growing industries. The 5,000m2 bulk handling and storage facility located between Jeddah and Rabigh, is set to meet the current garnet abrasive demand for ongoing projects such as the Yanbu Export Refinery as well as upcoming petrochemical expansion projects.