Saudi FAL, Emerson set up industrial unit
Jubail (Saudi Arabia), January 10, 2011
Saudi FAL, a leading industrial enterprise in the Kingdom, has joined forces with Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, to launch a 9,000 sq m manufacturing facility in Jubail.
The move is in line with the Saudi government’s direction to encourage foreign investment and as a step to further support local manufacturing and create jobs, said a company statement.
Offering the most innovative and broadest array of process automation solutions, the industrial unit will cater to local and regional demand in addition to training, sales, finance, administration and other support services, it added.
The new facility caters to a diverse range of industrial services. It can deliver an annual production capacity of 2,500 Fisher control valves and up to 6,000 Rosemount Transmitters.
It can also facilitate the assembly and testing of approximately 3,600 valves and a yearly servicing capacity of approximately 12,500 valves and 6,200 transmitters.
The facility is also equipped with a process systems staging and integration area to support over 100 cabinets and perform a fully integrated factory acceptance test for over 60,000 I/O systems.
Commenting on the launch, Dr Kamel Boustany, general manager of Saudi FAL, said, "We have been the local business partners of Emerson Process Management in Saudi for the last 25 years, providing sales services and engineering."
"This move delivers on the promise made in 2008 when David N. Farr and Sheikh Fahad met to discuss bringing together both companies to establish this new state-of-the-art facility," Boustany remarked.
"The growth of the local industry and demand for quality products has been on the rise in the Kingdom, which provides us with a great opportunity to expand our operations and explore future business opportunities. We are committed to the partnership and to our customers."
"This new facility will help us provide our current and future customers with quality products and solutions, coupled with great customer service," he added.
Dave Tredinnick, president of Emerson Process Management, MEA, said, "The new facility will offer a range of services and solutions and will further equip us to cater to the demand for our products in Saudi Arabia."
"Our commitment to this region remains unchanged, and this facility – backed by our facilities in Al Khobar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Johannesburg – will only help us provide our customers with better value. It will position us to better serve our current and prospective customers not only in the Kingdom but also across the region," he added.
Dr Mohamed M. Elawny, general manager of Emerson Process Management in Saudi Arabia, said, "As part of our commitment to the national policy regarding Saudization to build local capacities and encourage employment of Saudi nationals within the private sector, over half of our current workforce already includes local talent."
"Considering the demand that we have witnessed for our products, not only in the Kingdom but across the region, jointly with Saudi FAL we expect to triple our workforce in this facility in the next three to five years," he noted.
The new facility in Jubail is located close to Jubail Industrial College, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest and most sophisticated hands-on technical institutes.-TradeArabia News Service