Work starts on Johnson Controls' KAEC plant

New, 2.2m ft2 manufacturing facility for HVAC units will employ 2,000 staff on completion in 2017

The management team from Al Salem Johnson Controls with representatives from King Abdullah Economic City
The management team from Al Salem Johnson Controls with representatives from King Abdullah Economic City

Al Salem Johnson Controls (ASJC), a joint venture between the Al Salem Group of Companies and industrial products firm Johnson Controls, laid the foundation stone for its new, 2.2m ft2 manufacturing facility and training centre at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh.

The company said work would start on the plant immediately and expects it to be fully operational by 2017. Once ready, it expects that 2,000 jobs will be created at the facility which will produce heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment.

Claude Allain, Middle East general manager for Johnson Controls, said: “Throughout our long association with the Middle East our focus has always remained on contributing to the growth of the region.

"This decision to invest in KAEC will bring Johnson Controls’ state of the art manufacturing and HVAC technology to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and aid projects in the region through economies of scale and rapid returns on investment.”

Mr. Rayan Qutub, CEO of the Industrial Valley in KAEC, said: “The immense investment opportunities available at Industrial Valley being directly connected to King Abdullah Port, position it as the new manufacturing and logistics hub, and set it as the gateway to Saudi Arabia and the region, enabling investors to reach 250 million consumers in the Arab world [and] East Africa”.

The Industrial Valley makes up around one-third of the total space of KAEC. “To date we have signed with more than 93 national and global companies of which eight are already in operation and 23 others are under construction," he added.

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