FAMCO awarded Volvo Silver Partnership status

Press release
Published May 31st, 2011 - 07:31 GMT
Len Hunt, President Al-Futtaim Automotive; Ahmad Halwani,General Manager, Volvo Construction Equipment Division, FAMCO; Lars Haglund, President,Volvo Construction Equipment, International; Paul Floyd, Managing Director, FAMCO; and Ilkay Fidan, Sales Director, Middle East, Volvo Construction Equipment
Len Hunt, President Al-Futtaim Automotive; Ahmad Halwani,General Manager, Volvo Construction Equipment Division, FAMCO; Lars Haglund, President,Volvo Construction Equipment, International; Paul Floyd, Managing Director, FAMCO; and Ilkay Fidan, Sales Director, Middle East, Volvo Construction Equipment

FAMCO (Al-Futtaim Auto &Machinery Company), the exclusive partners of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses in the UAE,has been awarded the Volvo Silver Partnership Certificate by Volvo Construction Equipment AB, further re-enforcing the Al-Futtaim Group’s standing as a UAE market leader in heavy auto machinery and construction equipment. The certificate was awarded at the Volvo Construction Equipment’s global dealership summit in Shanghai. 

FAMCO is one of the very few companies in the world to have achieved the silver statuswhich indicates that the dealership has met the majority of Volvo’s rigorous standards. Volvo is yet to award any distributor globally with the Gold status. 

The Silver Partnership award by the Swedish principals follows a detailed analysis and stringent verification of FAMCO’s systems, operational processesand quality standards. It comes close on the heels of the ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company winning the ‘Material Handling Provider of the Year – 2011’ award at the SCATA ceremony in Dubaiearlier this month. 

The Volvo Partnership monitor is a process of continuous improvement and tracks dealers performance measured on various parameters and identifies areas of improvement. The performances of dealers are assessed annually to ensure that standards are maintained. 

“This is indeed a great honour for FAMCO and our Volvo Construction Equipment division. Achievement of this certificationis a clear statement that FAMCO has been judged to have not only developed rigorous operational and customer centric management systems, but also to have implemented these systems effectively across all FAMCO operations in the UAE,” said Paul Floyd, Managing Director, FAMCO. 

“This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all our employees who embrace Volvo’s superior global standards of operation, together withVolvo’s core values of Quality, Safety and Environmental Care. I thank Volvo Construction Equipment for recognizing our capability and performance levels. Our ambition now is to be Gold certified–anachievement that no Volvo distributor has yet reached,” Mr. Floyd added. 

The assesment was lead by a team from Volvo Construction Equipment’s head quarters in Sweden who spent several days inspecting the FAMCO facilities and operations. The inspection teamidentified many strong operational areas, commending FAMCO in particular for its excellence in general management and operational planning, staff training and sales and marketing activities which contributed to the silver level certification. 

Lars Haglund, President of Volvo Construction Equipment – International, said:“We at Volvo have high expectations and that’s why Volvo Construction Equipmentis pleased to honourFAMCO with the Silver Certification in our Partnership Monitor programme.Gaining this certificate is far from easy – and very few dealers have reached this advanced level. This status reiteratesFAMCO’sconsistency in surpassing the benchmark set by Volvo CE and we are extremely proud to have them as our UAE dealers. We wish them every success in graduating to the next level– the Gold Certification, yet to be achieved by a partner,” Mr. Haglundsaid.

Background Information

Al-Futtaim Auto and Machinery Company

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Co. (FAMCO) is a market leading supplier of products & services to a diverse range of industries and commercial undertakings covering the transportation, construction, manufacturing, warehousing, oil & gas and marine sectors. FAMCO serves these industries with world-class brands like Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses, Volvo Construction Equipment, Merlo, Ingersoll Rand, Linde, Dexion, Yanmar, Himoinsa, Stanley Proto, Fenner, Bruynzeel, Mobel Linea, Meco, Bott, Stertil, Hart & Nassau.

FAMCO has operations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Ras Al Khaimah. The company’s development and success has been based on an in-depth understanding of customer needs and the dedication of its skilled staff. FAMCO is committed to providing outstanding second-to-none service levels to customers and to maintaining quality, safety and environmental standards at the highest possible levels. FAMCO is an ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certified company.


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ولي العهد السعودي يبرر للصين سياستها مع "الأيغور"

Published February 23rd, 2019 - 11:45 GMT
ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان
ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان

اعتبرت بعض وسائل الإعلام الغربية أن ولي العهد السعودي برر خلال زيارته إلى الصين إنشاء سلطات هذه البلاد معسكرات خاصة باحتجاز المسلمين الأويغور الصينيين.

وخلصت وسائل الإعلام هذه، بما فيها مجلة "نيوزويك" الأمريكية، إلى هذا الاستنتاج استنادا إلى ما نقله التلفزيون الصيني عن الأمير محمد قوله أمس الجمعة، خلال لقائه الرئيس الصيني، شي جينغ بينغ: "لدى الصين الحق في ممارسة أنشطة مكافحة الإرهاب والتطرف من أجل أمنها القومي".

وفي اقتباس أوسع من تصريحات ولي العهد السعودي، نقلت وكالة "شينخوا" الصينية عن الأمير محمد قوله: "تتمسك السعودية بقوة بسياسة "صين-واحدة"، ونحترم وندعم حقوق الصين في اتخاذ الإجراءات اللازمة لمكافحة الإرهاب والتطرف من أجل حماية الأمن القومي، ونحن مستعدون لتعزيز التعاون مع الصين".

ويشار إلى أن التلفزيون الصيني الناطق باللغة الإنجليزية استخدم في نقله تصريحات ولي العهد السعودي عبارة "De-extremization"، وهو مصطلح تلجأ إليه بكين لوصف سياساتها المثيرة للجدل تجاه المسلمين الأويغوريين.

وحسب تقديرات منظمات دولية، احتجزت الصين في المعسكرات الخاصة مليونا أو حتى أكثر من ذلك من المسلمين الأويغوريين، حيث يتعرض هؤلاء لـ"برنامج إعادة التعليم" الذي تقول بكين إنه يهدف إلى مكافحة التطرف، وسط أنباء عن تضييق حقوقهم وإلزامهم بدراسة العقيدة الشيوعية.

وتعرضت بكين لانتقادات دولية واسعة على خلفية سياساتها تجاه الأقلية المسلمة المقيمة في غرب البلاد، حيث حذرت منظمة "هيومن رايتس ووتش" من أن هذه الجهود المضرة بحقوق المسلمين تكثفت منذ أواخر 2016.

وسبق أن وجهت جماعات من المسلمين الأويغوريين دعوة إلى ولي العهد السعودي لاستخدام زيارته الرسمية لبكين كي يضغط على الصين في مسألة المعسكرات، باعتبار المملكة مدافعا عن حقوق المسلمين في شتى أنحاء العالم.

وخلصت "نيوزويك" إلى أن الأمير محمد يسعى لبناء تحالفات جديدة في الشرق، في ظل الانتقادات التي تعرضت لها المملكة على خلفية مقتل الصحفي السعودي جمال خاشقجي داخل قنصلية بلاده في اسطنبول.

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