Johnson Controls boosts ME presence
Dubai, December 28, 2009
Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business unit, a leader in providing energy efficiency solutions for buildings, has expanded its presence in the Middle East region with more offices, staff and increased business solutions.
Johnson Controls said the expansion comes after success from some showcase projects using Johnson Controls equipment and controls, including the Bahrain Bay Project, the Pearl development in Qatar, and the Kingdom Tower and Jebel Al Qala in Saudi Arabia.
The company has increased its workforce by eight per cent this year to further demonstrate its commitment and increased focus within the region, said a top official. Johnson Controls has a total of 130,000 employees worldwide.
“With the recent downturn, building owners have increased their focus on making their facilities more energy efficient to save money and cut costs. By expanding our reach, and sharing knowledge and expertise in performance contracting solutions we can help businesses reduce energy and utility consumption and associated costs between 15 and 50 per cent,” said Magdy A. Mekky, vice president and managing director, Middle East.
Johnson Controls has a modular chiller plant factory in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and factories for producing air-handling units, custom built units, rooftop packaged units and fan coil units in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The business in Saudi Arabia is now operated through a joint venture between Johnson Controls and the Saudi Bin Laden group.
The company is currently providing turbine inlet cooling solutions in Saudi Arabia, and plans to expand this offering to other countries in the Gulf and Middle East.
The market is currently served through its completely established offices in the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and Turkey.
Johnson Controls provides energy efficiency products through its aftermarket business which includes rental solutions; performance contracting and energy efficiency retrofits. The dedicated service business provides operations and maintenance of equipment within the region.
Another business solution for corporations globally, including the Middle East, was the recent launch of the Energy and Emissions Management System. The system provides organizations with the capability to analyze energy trends and calculate greenhouse gas levels.
“Energy efficiency has become the new metric for people who design, build, own and operate buildings,” Mekky pointed out.
“They need to control energy costs, reduce the environmental impact and increase the value of their buildings, but do it more efficiently. We provide ingenious quality products, services and solutions for companies to implement efficiency measures now - because it’s never been more important,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service