21 February 2016German firm's facility in Kizad is its largest in GCC region
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Al Masaood group
along with its partner KSB AG of Germany - one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial pumps, valves, and related systems and services - jointly announced the inauguration of their new facility in Abu Dhabi Ports
' Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad).
The official inauguration was hosted by HE Masaood Ahmed Al Masaood, Partner-Al Masaood Group
, in the presence of HE Dr Eckhard Lübkemeier, German Ambassador to the UAE; Dr Bernd Garbe, Global Executive Officer Service-KSB GmbH; Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports and other senior officials and key partners of Al Masaood Group and KSB.KSB Service LLC
is a joint venture between Al Masaood Group and KSB and is a perfect example of the investment initiatives local companies pursue to bring best quality products and offer highest standards of services as part of their commitment towards the development of the local economy.
KSB's new 12,141 sq. metre facility in Kizad is their largest in the GCC region and one of their biggest from over 160 industrial service facilities across the globe. Its high production capacity will cater to KSB's regional customers, offering services related to pumps, valves, gearboxes, speed converters, compressors and electro motors.
Speaking on the occasion, Eng. Raymond Hiel, General Manager KSB Service Centre ME said: "Our new facility in Kizad, and with Khalifa Port at our doorstep, will allow for numerous opportunities to expand our business in the region. Kizad is also an ideal location for us with its proximity to our key customersincluding ADCO, ZADCO and the Taweelah Power Station."
"We have increased machining capacities to allow for in-house production of spare parts- which reduce overhaul times, a mechanical seal refurbishment setup, pump and electrical motor testing facilities up to one megawatt and a hub for Reverse Engineering," continued Eng. Hiel. Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, congratulated KSB Service LLC on their start of operations, "With the oil and gas business being a paramount industry in the region, the quality infrastructure and multi-model connectivity provided by the integration of Khalifa Port and Kizad provides KSB a prime advantage to cater to this growing industry. Having a global company like KSB operate from the UAE, producing and servicing superior products locally, gives them the strategic edge to expand their operations further." Materials for the facility, including engineered pumps and valves, are brought in from Germany through Khalifa Port, its main import hub. KSB is also working on implementing a technical training programme (practical and theoretical) targeted towards employees and engineers within the oil and gas industry as well as university students in the same field.
KSB is one of the world's leading suppliers of pumps and valves and related systems. KSB combines innovative technology and excellent service to provide intelligent solutions. This approach means that KSB employees are close to customers on all continents, providing them with pumps, valves and systems for almost all applications involving the transportation of liquids. A comprehensive range of services rounds off this customer-focused portfolio.
KSB has been growing continuously since it was founded in 1871. Today the Group has a presence on all continents with its own sales and marketing companies, manufacturing facilities and service operations. 16,172 employees generate annual consolidated sales revenue above two billion euros.
Application areas for KSB products
KSB is a leading international supplier of pumps, valves and related systems for the following areas of application
§ Building services
§ Process engineering
§ Water treatment
§ Water transport
§ Energy conversion
§ Solids transport
KSB products are used to transport or shut off fluids, including but not being limited to
§ Clean or contaminated water
§ Aggressive and explosive fluids
§ Corrosive and viscous fluids
§ Fluid/solid mixtures and slurries
About Abu Dhabi Ports
Established in 2006, Abu Dhabi Ports' core objective is to facilitate the diversification of the economy by stimulating trade and development. This is done by delivering high quality maritime services, supporting partners' infrastructure projects and setting up new companies and joint ventures in the ports and logistics sectors.
The flagship state-of-the -art Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone play a big role, supporting the diversification of the economy. Khalifa Port was inaugurated on 12/12/12 by UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The port's semi-automated container terminal handles all of Abu Dhabi's container traffic, after its transfer from Zayed Port, the historic port in the city centre.
Phase One of Khalifa Port has a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs and 12 million tonnes of general cargo. Further phases of development will occur as market demand requires. When all phases are complete, Khalifa Port will be able to handle 15 million TEUs and 35 million tonnes of general cargo per year.
Abu Dhabi Ports manages nine commercial, logistics, community and leisure ports, and Khalifa Industrial Zone which is serving a range of logistics and manufacturing investors. Abu Dhabi Ports is boosting Abu Dhabi's economic growth and diversification, following Abu Dhabi's Economic Vision 2030.
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