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It all started back in 1979 when the first calcium carbonate (calcite) powder production started at Jordan Carbonate in the Middle East. The company started its operations to serve initially the regional paint and coatings market where manufacturers used to import from Europe and Asia. The first quarry was acquired in Marka, Central Jordan. In 1990 the increased demand led to acquiring another limestone quarry in Southern Jordan to support further the fast-developing construction market.

The management philosophy has been always focusing to adopt the latest grinding and mining technology managed by industry leaders and an innovative team that is thriving to diversify our customers' options when it comes to sustainable production. Calcium carbonate minerals have played a crucial role in reshaping the polymer industry around the globe, particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia which is widely considered as the Silicon Valley of the plastic market in the Middle East. Jordan Carbonate took the lead and installed one of the first high-tech coating facilities to support manufacturers in the region by providing more solutions to a wider range of polymer-based applications.
Jordan Carbonate Quarry - Zezia Site, 1979

In 2006 Jordan Carbonate has formed a successful joint venture with the world's leading calcium carbonate manufacturer Omya AG operating in over 50 countries worldwide. This partnership has led to sharing knowledge and expertise across different group entities and hence always staying ahead of the competition.

In 2012 the company has invested in a state of the art facility and doubled its production capacity. From day one, the management is committed to modernise and improve the equipment, focusing on automation to reduce lead times. Although calcite is a naturally occurring mineral, sustainable development is taken as a priority. Environmental responsibility, compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations to reduce the carbon footprint (carbon dioxide emissions) is fundamental to the company's operations.

Jordan Carbonate Company - Zezia Site, 2012


Abdelkareem Hatahet

In 1966 Mr. Abdelkareem Hatahet started his career in paint manufacturing when calcium carbonate was imported from outside the region until the idea of opening a calcium carbonate plant came up taking advantage of the availability of world-class limestone deposits in Southern Jordan. Mr. Hatahet founded Jordan Carbonate in 1979 to produce ground calcite for use primarily in paint-related industries. Year by year the company evolved and became the leading producer in the MENA market.

Ayman Hatahet

After his graduation from London; Ayman A. Hatahet started his career in his father’s company in 1983. He continues to carry out his father’s legacy of commitment to cultivating strong relationship with customers through highly committed family-oriented employees. Throughout his career, Mr. Hatahet was leading the company to continually adapt the latest and most sophisticated technologies in mining industry that lead to the expansion of calcium carbonate regional markets.

“Our people are our biggest investment. This is the Jordan Carbonate fingerprint”

Abdelkareem Hatahet, Jr.

From a young age his father started to teach him the carbonate business. He became the 3rd generation at Jordan Carbonate. He joined the company after completing his degree in business studies from Geneva Business School in 2016. A. Hatahet Jr., has promised to expand the family’s business and to keep supporting the company’s customers or using his term “partners”.