Tamkeen’s Senior Manager of Private Sector Support Mohammed Bucheery and Mishal Behzad, Product Director at Elames at the signing ceremony
Tamkeen has extended its support to Elames, a division of Behzad Group to introduce a new high-tech machine in Bahrain for the very first time through financial assistance from Tamkeen’s Technical Assistance Scheme (Techania), part of the Enterprise Development Support Programme.
The company, specialized in supplying finishing materials to construction projects, signed the contract with Tamkeen at its headquarters in Sitra.
The BD65,000 modern piece of equipment uses laser-guided tools to produce precisely-cut finishing materials such as tiles and kitchen countertops from raw materials such as stone, marble, and granite according to any specification and design. By processing large batches of raw materials at once, the machine is expected to increase production capacity by around 400%,
According to Mr. Mishal Behzad, Product Director at Elames, the new machinery will be key in the company’s ambitious growth plans.
“This technology vastly improves the way we do business,” Behzad commented. “The significant jump in production capacity allows us to confidently bid for mega-projects across the GCC. It also lessens our reliance on unskilled manual labourers who can be replaced with a smaller team of well-trained Bahrainis, which in turn cuts unit cost considerably and improves our profitability.”
Behzad also revealed that the company, which currently operates offices in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, plans to expand its presence further by opening more branches across the entire GCC region, and will seek the support of other Tamkeen programmes in this endeavour.
The updates to Tamkeen’s Enterprise Development Support Programme encompass all schemes under its umbrella (Istishara, Techania, Tasweeq, Tarweej, and Jawda), and came as a result of Tamkeen’s efforts to improve the performance of private sector enterprises in Bahrain, in line with the goals of Bahrain Economic Vision 2030.