Emerson (NYSE: EMR) yesterday celebrated the official opening of its new regional headquarters in Dubai to better serve its growing portfolio of business in the Middle East and to reinforce the company’s long-term commitment to the region.
In its fiscal 2008, Emerson posted sales of US$868 million in the Middle East region. The company hopes to surpass US$1 billion in the region in the near future. “The Middle East region continues to be a strong market for Emerson technologies and services, and we see increasing opportunities to expand our presence in the months and years ahead,” said David N. Farr, Emerson’s chairman, CEO, and president, who was in the Middle East this week in connection with the facility opening and to meet with Emerson employees, key customers, and government officials. “We are making investments in the region now – in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and in Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia – to help us better meet the needs of our customers in these countries and to raise awareness of our brand and the wide range of products and services that Emerson offers to improve efficiency and productivity.”
Emerson’s new regional headquarters is located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone in Dubai. Emerson has more than 300 employees working out of this location. The facility consists of 80,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of light industrial manufacturing and warehouse space. At this location, Emerson assembles and tests its products and advanced technology solutions before shipment – benefiting customers throughout the Middle East and Africa with faster service and lower cost advantages.
Emerson businesses with a presence at the new facility include: Emerson Process Management, Emerson Network Power, Emerson Industrial Automation, Emerson Professional Tools, Emerson Climate Technologies, and Emerson Storage Solutions.
Ibrahim Al Janahi, senior vice president of sales for Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone), said that the investment in the new company facility in the Jebel Ali Free Zone demonstrates Emerson’s commitment to this market and also the confidence it has in Jafza. “We are delighted that such a diversified manufacturing and technology company has chosen Jafza as its Middle East and Africa headquarters,” said Al Janahi. “Emerson’s decision reflects the company’s increasing interest in this region which also coincides with Jafza’s own policy of encouraging operations that are relevant to this region. We are honored to facilitate the company’s expansion plans and wish them the very best in their new venture.”
Emerson has also been making significant investments in Qatar, where it has a long-term agreement as the preferred supplier of automation technologies and services to Qatargas, one of the world’s leading producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
In 2008, Emerson opened an office in Doha and now has more than 40 resident employees there and another 45 employees working on-site in Ras Laffan, Qatar on start-up and commissioning activities. Emerson has also developed plans to open a regional engineering and training center in Doha within the next year to better support its customers in the northern part of the Middle East.
Emerson also has resident personnel in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait serving major customers and projects in those countries. During his trip to the Middle East, Farr also visited Kuwait and Qatar to meet with senior executives of the oil and gas companies in each country and government officials in Qatar to review Emerson’s on-going investment plans in those areas.
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