Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and its sister company Gazeley, global developer and provider of highly efficient, environmentally friendly logistics space held a ground breaking ceremony on Tuesday, 30th March for a new state-of-the-art warehouse and office facility being built for CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading supply chain management companies.
The new 63,000 square metre facility, located in the South Zone of the Jebel Ali Free Zone, marks the second joint project for Gazeley and CEVA in the region.
Last year CEVA leased a unique 12,000 square metre Pyramid Building from Gazeley. The state-of-the-art office and warehousing facility has a pyramidal structure to embody CEVA's distinct brand and serves as the company’s Middle East headquarters.
Scheduled for completion by the end of 2010, the new build-to-suit facility will incorporate state-of-the-art technology features and will be LEED certified. It will house two units; one with a 35,000 square metre warehouse and 500 square metres of office space and the second one with a 26,000 square-metre warehouse and 400 square metres of office space. McLaren Construction/ECC (Engineering Contracting Company) has been commissioned as the contractor for the project.
The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Salma Hareb, CEO, Economic Zones World (EZW), Shamsudeen Ahmed, Regional Director, CEVA in the Middle East and Gianfranco Sgro, President of CEVA for Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as other dignitaries.
Salma Hareb, CEO, Economic Zones World, parent company of Jafza and Gazeley, said: “CEVA Logistics is recognised as an innovator that demonstrates excellence in logistics and supply chain management and this ground-breaking ceremony marks yet another step in the right direction. We congratulate CEVA on this important occasion. We are confident that the new warehousing complex will facilitate operational excellence and help deliver optimal solutions within our dynamic supply chain. Both Gazeley and Jafza remain committed to creating the right environment to help CEVA thrive in the region.”
Shamsudeen Ahmed, Regional Vice President, CEVA in the Middle East said:“The new facility is a testament to CEVA’ continued commitment to the United Arab Emirates, and businesses alike, by CEVA further delivering infrastructure that is tailored to meet the growing quality and environmental standards expected. This new facility has been developed to host a range of business sectors with special key details included in the build scope that caters for the Regions key growth sectors such as Healthcare, Retail Consumer, Technology, Aerospace, Automotive, Industrial and Oil and Energy.’
Gianfranco Sgro, President of CEVA for Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, further added: “The new facility marks another significant and concrete milestone in CEVA’s regional growth and expansion strategy. We improved our network of local warehouses, taking our total space in Jafza zone to over 168,000 sq m and our built-up area to 95,800 sq m. This new tailor-made warehouse facility will enable us to further optimize our logistics solutions thus making CEVA a truly integrated freight management – contract logistics player in the region.”Gazeley warehouses are expertly designed and strategically located to meet the specific, ever-changing business needs and timescales of customers. In addition to buildings available to let immediately, Gazeley offers also a totally tailored delivery service to its customers. Since 1987 it has built 6 million square metres of quality warehouses and distribution parks across the globe.CEVA Logistics provides world class supply chain solutions for large and medium-size national and multinational companies across the globe. As an industry leader, CEVA offers customers complete supply chain design and implementation in contract logistics and freight management, alone or in combination. CEVA’s integrated global network has facilities in over 170 countries and more than 46,000 employees; all dedicated to delivering consistently excellent operations and supply chain solutions.