UAE MEP contractor eyes automation for growth
Automation can assist local energy-efficiency and sustainability goals, the general manager of Jumbo Engineering Limited told ConstructionWeekOnline
Automation will support the growth of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) contractors in the UAE, according to Masood Raza, general manager of Jumbo Engineering Limited (JEL).
Speaking to ConstructionWeekOnline on the eve of his inclusion in Construction Week's 2017 Power 100 rankings, Raza said automation would assist local energy-efficiency and sustainability targets.
Remarking on JEL's 2016 performance, Raza continued: "[The business, during 2016,] was in consolidation and diversification mode, rather than driven by pure expansion.
"Energy-efficient cooling solutions and automation have been added to JEL's portfolio, in order to align with the shifting regional focus on energy-efficiency and sustainability."
Raza said annual maintenance contracting (AMC) and retrofit would be key sectors for JEL in the months to follow, given the company's capacity to deliver "energy-efficient products and services, and automation control".
Commenting on the challenges that can be expected over the next year, he added: "Payment issues and stiff commercial competition with less capable contractors are the biggest challenges for any MEP sub-contracting business."
The UAE-headquartered company has provided total MEP works for UAE projects such as Ikea's distribution centre and 64 warehouses in Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD).
Over the next 12 months, the firm will, as sub-contractor, deliver MEP works for Mubadala's Healthpoint Hospital in Abu Dhabi, and Hilton's staff accommodation in Dubai.