Bruehl/Dubai: HIMA, a leading provider of safety-related automation solutions, is pursuing a clear strategy to strengthen customer partnerships in key markets and enhance collaboration between its partners, sales and engineering services. The latest example is the new head office in the Middle East region.

HIMA has been present in the Middle East region for over 20 years, serving an installed base across the 82 countries and building partnerships to be closer to customers. HIMA Middle East opened its new Head Office in Jebel Ali, Dubai, on the 28th of February, 2023, strengthening its presence in the region. During the opening event, Managing Partner Steffen Philipp, CEO Jörg de la Motte, CFO Michael Löbig and HIMA Middle East Vice President Andrew Dennant, welcomed customers, guests and the local authorities.

The HIMA Group continues to invest in the Middle East as the business focus in the region transitions from serving traditional hydrocarbon processing industries to serving customers who are increasingly delivering energy from renewable sources.

"By expanding our market presence in the Middle East, we are confirming our long-term commitment to supporting our customers and partners in this important region", stated Steffen Philipp Managing Partner of HIMA.

As customers across the Middle East, Africa and the CIS countries, move towards digitalisation in functional safety in the Process and Rail industries, HIMA has co-located a wider range of expertise in the region.

“Our approach is to help customers within the region digitalize functional safety with added value. The investment in the new office is to enable further growth within the region in line with the long-term development of HIMA”, emphasized Jörg de la Motte, CEO at HIMA.

The facility houses a centre of excellence for Project Engineering, Lifecycle Services, and Product Support that is available 24/7 with a strong focus on sustainability. The installation of water-saving washroom facilities reduces the building’s overall water consumption by as much as 80%, and an air dispersal feature saves up to 30% of the annual electricity consumption, resulting in a potential 76% carbon footprint reduction in these two focus areas. The new HIMA Inspiring Work concept facilities hybrid working and collaboration with customers regardless of the nature of the expertise that is required.

Abdulla Al Hashmi, Chief Operating Officer, Parks and Zones, DP World UAE said: "At Jafza, safeguarding the interest of our customers has always been one of our top priorities. We are proud to have companies like HIMA Middle East, that share our commitment to safety, as part of our Jafza family. The company has focused on enhancing safety in the Middle East for over 20 years, playing a vital role in safety and security, and we are delighted to celebrate the inauguration of its new office and expansion in Jafza."

"We have industry, application, cybersecurity and product expertise headquartered here in the UAE. Our goal is to be as close to our customers as possible as we double our safety-related automation solutions business within this region, and our new head office is a key enabler of our plans", commented Andrew Dennant Vice President at HIMA Middle East.


About HIMA

The HIMA Group is the world’s leading independent provider of safety-related automation solutions for the process and railway industries to protect people, the environment and assets. Founded in 1908 and headquartered in Germany, the family-owned company counts about 900 employees and operates from over 50 locations worldwide.

Process Industry Solutions

HIMA solutions help increase functional safety, strengthen automation security and boost plant profitability. For over 50 years, HIMA has been a trusted partner to the world's largest companies in the process industry (including chemical, petrochemicals, oil, gas, and energy-producing companies). With more than 50,000 TÜV-certified safety systems (SIL 3 and SIL 4) installed worldwide, HIMA qualifies as the technology leader in this sector. 

As a safety expert, HIMA provides the safety technology as well as consulting, engineering, services, and training to best assist the customers throughout the entire safety lifecycle.

The world's first scalable platform with built-in automation security, HIMA’s Safety Platform enables a broad range of systems on a single technology basis, from small solutions for all the way up to highly complex applications. The independent safety controllers are physically separated and employ open standards. Users can thus combine the most suitable safety solution with any leading BPCS (basic process control system).

Typical safety applications include emergency shutdown (ESD), burner control (BCS/BMS), turbo machinery control (TMC), pipeline management control with leak detection (PMC), fire and gas (F&G) and high-integrity pressure protection systems (HIPPS), subsea and tank farms.

Rail Industry Solutions

With the world's first CENELEC SIL 4-certified programmable safety controller, HIMA has revolutionized the railway industry. The commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products are open safety controllers that ensure end users and integrators independence, flexibility and cost savings, and can be easily integrated and maintained in a wide variety of solutions. As the core element, HIMA systems provide functional safety and IT security in applications such as level crossings, interlockings and rolling stocks.

About HIMA Middle East

Established in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2001, HIMA Middle East employs a team of functional safety and cybersecurity engineers to serve clients in the broader Middle East and Africa region. This encompasses the Gulf Co-operation Council Countries, Turkey, Iran, non-Francophone Africa, CIS, and the Indian subcontinent. With branch offices in the UAE (Dubai), Oman (Muscat), and Turkey (Istanbul), and local representation across the territory, HIMA Middle East provides safety and security related automation solutions to the Process and Rail industries. Customers rely on HIMA Middle East for sales, project execution, functional safety and cybersecurity consulting and training, as well as a comprehensive suite of safety and security lifecycle services including SIL verification, commissioning, acceptance testing, and maintenance services.

About Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza)

Jafza is one of the world’s leading free trade zones and is home to over 9,000 multinational companies. Jafza accounts for a significant FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) flow ‎into Dubai, sustaining the employment of more than 135,000 people in the United Arab Emirates. In 2021, Jafza generated trade worth AED 454.7 billion.

Strategically located at the crossroads of a region providing market access to over 3.5 billion people, Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone create an integrated multi-modal hub offering sea, air and land connectivity, complemented by extensive logistics facilities. ‎

Jafza is the leading business hub between Asia, Europe and Africa, connecting some of the fastest-growing manufacturing and consumer markets globally. With over 30 years’ experience, Jafza focuses on long-term customer relationships, building alliances with global investors and providing world-class infrastructure and support. In addition to quality-driven value-added services and incentives, Jafza is a business opportunity enabler, offering its customers easy and efficient access to substantial business opportunities in the region.

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