Robert G Hogan celebrates RMAD’s 40th anniversary
Robert G Hogan pays tribute to Readymix Abu Dhabi’s customers, staff and suppliers as the company celebrates its 40th anniversary
We at Readymix Abu Dhabi have never really been ones to shout about ourselves and do large marketing campaigns. We have usually preferred to let others judge us on our performance and we have relied heavily on our reputation, which to us is paramount. However, this year we believe should be different and we feel that it is time celebrate this major milestone of our 40th anniversary in business, by promoting our achievements and of course, recognising those who have allowed us to achieve what we have.
The company was formed in Abu Dhabi in 1976 at a time when concrete was generally mixed on site by the contractors and all cement was imported in 50kg bags, with aggregates coming from Al Ain. Abu Dhabi was a small fishing port, just embarking on its path of tremendous growth and we feel that this company was, in many ways, the pioneer of ready-mixed concrete in the Emirate. We have been proud to contribute to the growth of this great city and the amazing transformation of the skyline, which can be seen today.
In the early days, Readymix Abu Dhabi was mainly focused on delivering to infrastructure projects and serving the huge growth that surrounded the oil and gas sector. Many of the first tall buildings built in reinforced concrete were supplied by the company, although back then, a tall building was no more than 10-storeys high!
Today we can say we have delivered to the tallest building in Abu Dhabi, The World Trade Centre, Tower 2 — at over 90 storeys, an example of how times have changed and how advanced technology has become. Readymix Abu Dhabi has been involved in so many iconic projects, certainly too many to list here, although some the most challenging ones will be detailed within this publication.
There are so many people who have contributed to the growth and success of this company during the last 40 years and unfortunately we cannot name them all. We have numerous customers to thank for their support and loyalty, many of whom have been partners for decades, and we appreciate the opportunities they have given us to prove ourselves. In striving to achieve the best product and service, we rely on quality and commitment from our suppliers and they have certainly helped us in our quest to be the best.
We firmly believe that Readymix Abu Dhabi’s staff, both past and present, have put us where we are today. In this highly competitive industry, where we must be ready to serve our customers 24 hours a day, six or sometimes seven days a week, we rely heavily on the commitment of our employees. This is undoubtedly a company that places an emphasis on its people and many staff remain here for a very long time, as can be seen later on in this supplement. We believe this says a lot about who and what we are.
Finally, I am only the fourth general manager of Readymix Abu Dhabi and I hold the position with a great deal of pride. As we enter our fifth decade of business, I will do all I can to ensure we continue to focus on our core values, which have allowed us to succeed and keep us at the forefront of our industry.
Thank you once again to everyone who has supported this company along the way, on our 40-year journey.