November 21, 2018
KIZAD and Khalifa Port reinforce their positions as the region’s leading industrial zone and port as Quality International, Flexigistic and Samamat of Gerab group set up their presence under new agreements
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, [date] 2018:
Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD), the largest industrial zone in the Middle East and a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Ports, has announced that Gerab National Enterprises LLC (Gerab Group), the leading bulk stockist and supplier of seamless pipes, welded pipes and allied components, is to establish its fabrication facility, manufacturing unit and 3PL logistics operations at the zone and nearby Khalifa Port through three major projects.
Under new agreements, Gerab Group will launch its presence in KIZAD and Khalifa Port by:
- Setting up Quality International Co Ltd (Quality International) within a 655,000 sqm plot at KIZAD and Khalifa Port which includes a waterfront yard of 172,000 sqm.
- Adding a 212,000 sqm plot in KIZAD and Khalifa Port for Flexigistic Logistics LLC’s (Flexigistic), its subsidiary, which will be developed into multi-user facilities
- Enhancing Samamat Flow Control LLC’s (Samamat) production capabilities by setting up an integrated production facility
Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, the CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “We are delighted that, Gerab Group has found Khalifa Port and KIZAD’s competitive advantages so attractive that they have decided to enter into a number of new agreements with us to establish their operations here. The company is one of many major institutions that have chosen KIZAD and Khalifa Port as a base for their regional operations due to our commitment to develop a world-class integrated industrial ecosystem that allows companies to collaborate and create innovative solutions.”
“As businesses continue to leverage our unique value proposition based on connectivity and cost-effectiveness, I’m confident that KIZAD will remain at the forefront of regional industrial development,” Al Shamisi added.
Abdullah Sharafi, President of Gerab Group, said: “Expanding the portfolio of assets is an integral part of our strategic plan for continued growth and development across the region, with specific focus through investment in domestic operations emphasising our local presence. With our improvement plans approved for investment in KIZAD and Khalifa Port, we are confident of achieving our objective and providing comprehensive support to the growing needs of the UAE.
He added, “The main driver of this expansion plan is Quality International, which will provide a comprehensive solution to the regions process equipment manufacturing requirements”
Shashi Ramakrishnan, Managing Director of Quality International said “As a company specialised in the manufacturing of process equipments such as pressure vessels, reactors, Shell and Tube Heat Exchanges and also large modules, tank farms and piping spools, the expansion at Kizad and Khalifa Port will reinforce the Company’s existing facilities across the UAE, allowing it to take on substantially larger projects that require dedicated fabrication and berth space”
He also added “The support provided by KIZAD and Abu Dhabi Ports has been exceptional and they have truly demonstrated a partnership model in building long-term relationship with investors. We are excited with this partnership and can see a bright future ahead of us.” He also said “The improvement and expansion plan not only strengthens our domestic presence, but also positions us as a strategic supplier for the international market”
The expansion will also support the Group’s other subsidiary companies within the UAE, Flexigistic, a third-party logistics provider offering a one-stop-shop for various industry verticals across the region, and Samamat, an API certified premier manufacturer of Gate, Globe, Check and Ball valves that caters to both local and international clients. Under the agreement, both companies will significantly develop their production capabilities within the industrial zone to meet growing demand for UAE products and services.
This development reflects KIZAD’s commitment to the regional business community, such as launching KIZAD Construction City earlier this year to serve as a storage, manufacturing and distribution hub for construction material, machinery and equipment for major construction projects. More recently, the industrial zone also launched an Entrepreneurship and Incubation Centre that offers cost-effective workspaces, offices and licensing options to enhance the entrepreneurship and SME ecosystem in the UAE.