Walsall Expands its Middle East Operations
Lower labour costs and local demand trigger manufacturing firmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s move into the region.
Walsall, a UK-based manufacturer of explosion-protected electrical equipment, is planning to start manufacturing in Dubai.
"We are thinking of manufacturing items such as cable glands, control panels and reinforced polyester enclosures here in Dubai," stated managing director of Middle East operations, Kenny Joseph at the recent Middle East Electricity Exhibition.
According to Joseph the technical knowledge is available in the Middle East and manufacturing costs are a lot lower than in the UK. He explained: "We have the knowledge and expertise in Dubai to manufacture certain items and because the labour is cheaper here we will be able to keep costs down."
Group managing director Rob Whorrod said there was a need for a faster service in the Emirate. "What we want is next-day service on standard and non-standard products and by manufacturing in Dubai we have the opportunity to supply the whole Middle East," he stated.
Walsall's Middle East office has only been open for one year, but is expanding rapidly. "We opened an engineering and design department last month," said Joseph. "We are trying to take costs away from the UK. And with regards to the Middle East market, we think that it is better to expand locally than in the UK itself," he added.
Walsall is also seeing growth worldwide, with an average increase in business of 40% per annum.