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GMA Garnet™ vs Silica Sand at EGYPS

One of the top questions by visitors at the GMA booth at the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (EGYPS) show this year was the benefits of using GMA Garnet™ abrasives over silica sand in a blasting project.

“This question provided a great opportunity for our team to explain the commercial benefits of using GMA Garnet™ abrasives in helping them achieve higher productivity and to minimise downtime,” GMA Middle East Business Development Ajay Thanki said. 

Furthermore, the silica sand used in abrasive blasting typically fractures into silica dust and becomes airborne. *When inhaled into your lungs, it can lead to the development of lung cancer, silicosis (an irreversible scarring and stiffening of the lungs), kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“We will be planning a series of blast trials to demonstrate the benefits of switching to GMA Garnet™ abrasives to our prospective customers,” Ajay added. 

This year’s EGYPS was held at the Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo, Egypt from 11 to 13 Feb 2020. The show provides a unique opportunity for contractors, suppliers, and customers to network, learn and discover new products related to the Oil and Gas industry in Egypt.


From left: GMA Middle East Waterjet Manager Hemanshu Dawda, Marketing Manager Sami Attia and Finance Manager Girgis Samir from D Trading Co., GMA Middle East Business Development Manager Ajay Thanki and D Trading Co. Marketing Coordinator Mohamed Mostafa. 

By Hemanshu Dawda, GMA Middle East

*Source: Silica dust (