Al Salem Johnson Controls breaks ground at KAEC

HVAC provider launches industrial facility and training centre to expand energy efficient product lines

New training and industrial facility breaks ground at KAEC
New training and industrial facility breaks ground at KAEC

The Al Salem Johnson Controls (ASJC) joint venture between the Al Salem Group of Companies and Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, has broken ground for its manufacturing facility and training centre at King Abdullah Economic City’s (KAEC) Industrial Valley. The new facility is to be built over 20 hectares and is set for full operations by 2017.

Having created more than 2,000 jobs, Al Salem Johnson Controls has been active in Saudi for more than a quarter of a century, providing energy efficient HVA systems to assist customers in achieving energy and operational savings.

"We are delighted to welcome Al Salem Johnson Controls to the ranks of the other leading international companies that have chosen KAEC’s Industrial Valley as their base for regional expansion,” said Fahd Al-Rasheed, group chief executive officer and managing director of KAEC.

“The presence of ASJC further diversifies the types of manufacturing operations in the Industrial Valley and adds significant value to both the city's and the Kingdom’s economic progress and development. We continue to be very successful in attracting leading national and international companies to invest in KAEC and the Industrial Valley, where they are creating clusters of manufacturing and other business operations that are contributing to the diversification of the Kingdom’s economy," he said.

Sheikh Saleh Binladen, executive board member of Al Salem Johnson Controls, said: “Our continuous partnership with Johnson Controls through our first factory in Jeddah has given us a positive footprint in the industry throughout the Kingdom, and our second new factory in King Abdullah Economic City is proof of our continuous growth and shared vision of engaging in the economic, social and urban development of the Kingdom.”

For several years, the focus at Al Salem Johnson Controls has been to foster future Saudi leaders through initiatives such as the Young Leader Program (YLP) that aims to attract and recruit new Saudi graduates and those with high potential.

“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,” said Claude Allain, vice president and general manager, Middle East for Johnson Controls and executive board member of Al Salem Johnson Controls.

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