Jafza breaks ground on Ceva logistics unit
Dubai, March 31, 2010
Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and its sister company Gazeley broke ground on a 63,000 sq m warehouse and office facility being built for Ceva Logistics, a leading supply chain management company.
The new facility, located in the South Zone of the Jebel Ali Free Zone, marks the second joint project for Gazeley, a global developer and provider of efficient, environmentally friendly logistics space, and Ceva in the region.
Last year Ceva leased a unique 12,000 sq m Pyramid Building from Gazeley. The office and warehousing facility has a pyramidal structure to embody Ceva's distinct brand and serves as the company’s Middle East headquarters.
Scheduled for completion by the end of 2010, the new build-to-suit facility will incorporate key technology features and will be Leed certified.
The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Salma Hareb, CEO of Economic Zones World (parent company of Jafza and Gazeley), Shamsudeen Ahmed, regional director, Ceva in the Middle East and Gianfranco Sgro, president of Ceva for Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The new facility will house two units; one with a 35,000 sq m warehouse and 500 sq m of office space and the second one with a 26,000 sq m warehouse and 400 sq m of office space. McLaren Construction/ECC (Engineering Contracting Company) has been commissioned as the contractor for the project.
Salma Hareb said Ceva Logistics is recognised as an innovator that demonstrates excellence in logistics and supply chain management and this ground-breaking ceremony marks yet another step in the right direction.
'We congratulate CEVA on this important occasion. We are confident that the new warehousing complex will facilitate operational excellence and help deliver optimal solutions within our dynamic supply chain. Both Gazeley and Jafza remain committed to creating the right environment to help Ceva thrive in the region,” she added.
Shamsudeen pointed out that the new facility was a testament to Ceva's continued commitment to the UAE.
'This new facility has been developed to host a range of business sectors with special key details included in the build scope that caters for the region's key growth sectors such as healthcare, retail consumer, technology, aerospace, automotive, industrial and oil and energy.'
Gianfranco Sgro, president of Ceva for Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said the new facility marks another significant and concrete milestone in its regional growth and expansion strategy.
'We improved our network of local warehouses, taking our total space in Jafza zone to over 168,000 sq m and our built-up area to 95,800 sq m.'
'This new tailor-made warehouse facility will enable us to further optimize our logistics solutions thus making Ceva a truly integrated freight management – contract logistics player in the region,' Gianfranco added.-TradeArabia News Service