2016 fmME Top Suppliers R-Z

An A-Z of the top suppliers that have supported service delivery programmes in 2016.


Rapid Access

Paul Rankin, Managing Director

Paul Rankin is the managing director of Rapid Access Middle East, a role he has held for more than two years. Rankin holds a bachelor’s degree in building services engineering from the Caledonian University in Scotland, and an MBA from the Strathclyde University as well.

Rapid Access is part of the UK-headquartered Lavendon Group, which operates in Germany, Belgium, France, and Middle Eastern markets such as Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar with a fleet of more than 21,000 units.

The company also has roots in the regional FM sector, and its equipment has been deployed on prestigious projects such as the recently launched Dubai Opera. This October, the company launched a mobile app to help contractors select appropriate aerial work platforms (AWPs) for their operations.


Guy Wilson, Managing Director – Project Division

Guy Wilson has been the managing director of Sanipex’s project division for six years. The company reported $54.4m (AED200m) in revenues for the financial year ending January 2016, and is expected to record more than $59.8m (AED220m) in corresponding figures by the end of its current financial year.

Sanipex delivered bathroom systems for the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Business Bay; Muraba Residences on Palm Jumeirah; and Al Naseem – phase four of the Madinat Jumeirah complex – between January and November 2016. Its clientele also includes the UAE’s Midfield Terminal; a Kempinski property at The Wave, Muscat and the Sundus Rotana in Oman; and the QP District, the Sidra Medical and Research Centre, and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Qatar.

SCA Hygiene

Phil Warner, VP – MEIA

Phil Warner is the vice president for SCA Hygiene’s Middle East, India, and Africa (MEIA) operations.

The Swedish hygiene products firm was established in 1929, and its current development repertoire includes sustainable personal care, tissue, and forest products.

SCA Hygiene’s sales are conducted in almost 100 countries under many strong brand names, including the popular Tork family. Tork offers professional hygiene products and services to a wide range of customers, including healthcare facilities, schools, shopping malls, and offices. Its products include dispensers, paper towels, toilet tissue, soap, napkins, and industrial and kitchen wipers. Tork’s distribution across the GCC has been strengthened since SCA Hygiene recently established a Dubai office.

Sealed Air

Jerome A Peribere, President and CEO

Jerome Peribere joined Sealed Air as president and chief operating officer in September 2012. Peribere has previously held leadership roles at Dow Chemical Company.

This October, Sealed Air announced a plan to spin-off its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business within its Food Care division under the umbrella of New Diversey. The rest of the Sealed Air business will operate as an independent company if the proposal takes effect. The transaction is expected to be completed by H2 2017.

The spin-off will see the new firm – to be led by Dr Ilham Kadri, president of Diversey Care – expand its hygiene and cleaning solutions portfolio in the future. Kadri joined Sealed Air in 2013 from Dow Chemical.

Spark Electrical

Amit Kumar Satish Sharma, Managing Director

Amit Kumar Satish Sharma is the managing director of Spark Electrical, a Dubai-based family business.

Kumar says the company supplies its products on rate contract, open LPO, and on order basis. Between January and November this year, the company’s major FM clients included Imdaad, Emrill, Idama, Servu, Farnek, Al Shirawi, Khidmah, Inaya, Berkeley FM, Deyaar FM, and MAB FM.

Spark Electrical’s 2015 revenue amounted to $5.4m (AED20m), and this figure is expected to hit $5.9m (AED22m) by 31 December this year. Sharma says the company had achieved $4.9m (AED18m) worth of its targeted revenues for 2016 as of October.

The next 12 months could see an upswing in the number of LED lighting contracts in the region, Sharma continues: “We have been converting many facilities from conventional lighting to LED so far, and our scope of work includes supply as well as installation. We expect to see more such business in 2017.

“The challenge remains to ensure our operating costs are kept low. I believe that the industry’s focus on being eco-friendly should include measures to save implementation costs,” Sharma adds.


Xavier Joseph, CEO – Middle East

Xavier Joseph is the CEO of Veolia Middle East. The company’s first project in the region involved the construction of a thermal desalination plant in Saudi Arabia in the 1960s, and Veolia has since gone on to develop numerous similar projects all over the region.

Veolia Middle East is also active in the regional waste management sector, and Joseph says the company can support local industry decision-makers through ForCity – an urban planning and modelling start-up focused on facilitating smart governance.

In the waste management sector, ForCity can help ease the challenges of predictive master planning faced by clients, including utility and municipal bodies.

The platform can – based on the quality and quantity of data it is provided – define and analyses various scenarios that form part of an area’s waste management strategy. ForCity can aggregate and analyse data to identify key performance indicators (KPIs) such as waste identification, collection, and recycling.

Veolia has prepared a proof of concept (POC) for the platform based on data provided by Dubai Municipality, and Joseph says the company is in talks with select organisations to further ForCity’s implementation in the region.

Yardi Systems

Aditya Shah, Director – Middle East

Aditya Shah is director of Middle East operations at Yardi Systems. Between 2005 and 2012, Shah was director of the company’s Middle East and India activities, until he moved to Dubai in January 2013 to take over his current role. 

Yardi Systems has been busy in 2016. In August, Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) announced it would manage its real estate portfolio across Sharjah with Yardi Voyager 7S, a browser-independent and mobile-enabled Software as a Service (SaaS) platform.

Shurooq also announced the adoption of Yardi Commercial LeasingPad, an automated and fully mobile solution that shortens commercial leasing cycles by combining contact and prospect management with portfolio health analytics; and the Yardi Advanced Maintenance platform, which enables the utilisation of mobile-ready functionality to enhance FM.

“The Cloud is here – it has been for some time – and more and more businesses are adopting Cloud-based solutions as the cornerstone to enhance numerous aspects of their operations,” Shah told fmME in July.

Shurooq is an independent government body in Sharjah that owns and manages a mixed portfolio of real estate, which includes commercial, retail, hospitality, and tourism assets.

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