Hager opens Jebel Ali training facility
Electrical products manufacturer opens training facility in DubaiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jebel Ali Free Zone.
French multi-national manufacturing group Hager has expanded its presence in the Middle East with the inauguration of a new office and training facility in Jebel Ali, Dubai.
The facility will be used to provide training for electrical panel builders, distributors, consultants and contractors in the use of the firm's low voltage distribution products.
Speaking at the inauguration of the facility, Sean Cain, managing director, Hager Middle East explained that the move follows a continued increase in the volume of transactions for the local division. "We have grown by six times since 1998," stated Cain. It has recently established regional bases in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with the most recent move being the development of a team in India.
The Group as a whole saw a 15% growth in sales for the financial year January to December 2006, with a turnover of 1.2 billion euros over this period.
The training facility has been provided following a refurbishment of its leased warehouse premises on the industrial site. The storage of stock has been outsourced to a third-party. "This allows us to operate a concertina business; as we expand they allocate more space," explained Cain. "It is our global ambition to be within the top three in any market we're present in; we aim to keep growing at the same rate," he added.
The firm's portfolio includes products for the control and distribution of electricity in domestic, commercial and light industrial applications including the Klik lighting system, circuit breakers and electrical accessories such as switches. Its core business in the Middle East is modular protection devices, although it's presence in the home automation, cable management and building controls markets is growing.
Hager products have been supplied to projects in the region for over 20 years, initially from the firm's main headquarters in France. It has had a physical presence in the region for around 10 years.