Farnek cleans up with 'Smashing' acquisition

Farnek has acquired specialist hygiene cleaning company Smashing Cleaning Services.

(L-R) Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek - Leny Day, Managing Partner, Smashing! and James Day, Managing Director, Smashing!

(L-R) Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek - Leny Day, Managing Partner, Smashing! and James Day, Managing Director, Smashing!

02 August 2016
Leading UAE-based total FM company acquires multi award-winning specialist cleaning company 'Smashing!' - company to be integrated into Farnek Group company Hitches & Glitches

Dubai, UAE: Leading UAE based total facilities management company, Farnek, has announced today (Tuesday 2nd August 2016) that it has acquired multi award-winning specialist hygiene cleaning company Smashing! Cleaning Services.

Smashing! which was formed in 2004, it is one of the UAE's leading hygiene cleaning services providers, with an annual turnover in excess of AED 10 million.

Its 65 highly skilled technicians manage 2,500 customers, many of which are major branded corporations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, such as Emirates, Jumeirah, Etihad, Gargash, Nestle, Arabtec, Serco and Aldar.

Its specialist services include air duct cleaning, indoor air quality testing, kitchen exhaust cleaning, water tank cleaning and pipeline disinfection. In total Smashing! offers over 32 different types of specialised services, many of which have a distinct focus on improving the indoor environment for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

"These specialist services dovetail neatly with our existing proposition - traditional FM, sustainable maintenance, smart home solutions and SME packages. We envisage benefits from the economies of scale this acquisition will offer - that is a broader range of services for each call out, as well as online access to these new services," commented Markus Oberlin, CEO, Farnek.

"The technicians at Smashing! are all highly trained, suitably qualified and are conversant with the relevant local authority certifications and comply with global industry associations and international quality, health, safety and environmental standards, providing synergy with the technical abilities of our existing workforce," added Oberlin.   

Smashing's current headquarters in Al Barsha, will be utilised in future by Farnek as a materials and storage facility, while all of Smashing's employees will be relocated to Farnek's head office, situated less than five kilometres away.

James Day, who is currently the managing director of Smashing! will head up the new Hitches & Glitches entity moving forward, assisted by Lukas Eigenmann, COO of Farnek. 

"I believe that being acquired by Farnek, will bring all of the advantages of a large quality-focused company to the staff and customers of Smashing. Having 3,500 employees operating throughout the UAE, will help to service our customers even more efficiently but with the same highly trained technicians, that won't compromise Smashing's our unrivalled customer service standards," said Day.

"Farnek is the region's top sustainability consultancy and has a vast amount of experience with energy management programmes, which will provide a great deal of synergy with our own environmental initiatives. At the same time through the Farnek and Hitches & Glitches brands, together we can broaden the range of services we can offer," added Day.

Other services offered by Smashing! include cleaning beaches, apartment garbage chutes, laundry ducts, grease traps, drain lines and mist filters as well as HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) duct smoke testing.

Smashing's local certifications include Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police, RTA and Emirates Health Services and Trakhees. It is also internationally certified by the International Air Duct Cleaners Association, and follows legislation from the Indoor Air Quality Association and National Fire Protection Agency.

Smashing! has also been recognized for the quality of its operation at numerous awards ceremonies, which culminated last year being voted FM Middle East Cleaning Company of the year for 2015, by FM industry peers and experts.

"This new acquisition is yet another milestone for Farnek as we continue to roll out our strategic development plans with the aim of becoming the top FM service provider in the UAE," added Oberlin.   

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About Farnek
Established in the UAE since 1980, Dubai-based Farnek Services LLC/Farnek Middle East LLC is an international full service property management company.

With a skilled workforce of more than 3,500 employees, Farnek has now added offices in the Northern Emirates, to its existing offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, to deliver professional FM services for over 2,500 properties to high quality, world-renowned organisations such as Dubai Airport, Emirates Airlines, Abu Dhabi Airport, Etihad Airways, Dubai Mall and Dubai's latest high profile mixed-use community, City Walk.

In 2010, following a successful tender bid, Farnek received the ultimate trade reference - the maintenance contract for the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. This paved the way for Farnek to confirm its position as the leading FM company in the UAE, which was capped with Farnek being awarded the 2015 Facilities Management Middle East 'Overall FM Company of the Year' award.

Being an innovative and technology-led company, Farnek was one of the first FM companies to offer an online maintenance platform and in conjunction with Hitches & Glitches, (part of the Farnek group since 2014) it has also signed an agreement with Gadgitech, a UAE distributor of smart home products. Besides a potential retail collaboration, Farnek aims to become a market leader in the fledgling smart home installation and maintenance sector.   

Farnek is also a leader in sustainability and has exclusivity agreements with international organisations such as Green Globe and myclimate. In 2007 Farnek was presented with the prestigious Emirates Energy award for producing the Middle East's first hotel energy consumption benchmark survey and shortly afterwards launched the Middle East's first carbon neutral transport. Farnek has also been accredited by the Dubai Regulatory Supervisory Bureau as an approved energy auditor. 

In recognition of its sustainability efforts, Farnek has been the proud recipient of the renowned Facilities Management Middle East Awards 'Green FM Company of the Year' in 2012, 2014 and once again in 2015. Farnek has also been recognised for its tireless efforts in CSR and as such was rewarded with 'CSR Initiative of the Year' at the 2015 awards ceremony.

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