UNICOIL receives Kuwaiti quality mark

Updated 27 January 2016
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UNICOIL receives Kuwaiti quality mark

Universal Metal Coating Company Ltd. (UNICOIL), headquartered in Jubail Industrial City, received the Kuwaiti quality mark in another first achievement added to its list of accreditations, which include SASO’s Saudi quality mark, ESMA’s Emirates quality mark, JSMO’s Jordan quality mark and the ISO Quality Certificate for UNICOIL’s Galvanized Steel products.
UNICOIL is described as the only Saudi and Arab company to receive several quality marks outside its home country. A company spokesperson explained that the international quality certificates, and the local and Arab quality marks awarded to UNICOIL clearly recognize the quality fundamentals upheld by the company since its inception in 1997. UNICOIL’s products are the most compliant with international standards and the best known for outstanding quality in Saudi and regional markets.
UNICOIL, in addition to its standing as the largest galvanized steel manufacturer in the GCC, is also MENA’s oldest and largest manufacturer of pre-painted galvanized steel, boasting the highest production capacity region-wide.
It caters to the bulk of the Kingdom’s demand, and exports to regional and international markets.
UNICOIL claims to be the largest value-added steel manufacturer in Saudi Arabia, using a push-pull pickling line with a production capacity of 400,000 tons per annum, a cold rolling mill with a production capacity of 340,000 tons per annum, a continuous galvanizing line with a production capacity of 250,000 tons per annum.


New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Updated 24 June 2019
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New Hyundai Sonata a sportier mid-size sedan

Hyundai’s new Sonata is ready for showrooms, giving the eighth-generation of the mid-size sedan a sleek four-door-coupe look that highlights the brand’s latest “sensuous sportiness” design language.

Created at Hyundai’s California Design Studio, the redesigned Sonata offers a freshly styled cascading grille framed by distinctive lighting architecture, and an entirely new rear. Chrome accents surround the daylight opening (DLO) and fresh wheel designs complete the look. New bodywork is built on Hyundai’s latest third-generation platform for a re-engineered driving experience.

“For more than three decades, each new generation of Sonata has raised the bar for quality and value among mid-size sedans, and this latest evolution also sets the standard for style, innovation and technology,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s head of operations for the Middle East and Africa. “In a market increasingly divided into niche segments, the all-new Sonata reconsiders customer expectation in the sedan class and offers something sportier and more exciting than what has gone before.”

A hallmark of the new Sonata’s exterior is its Hyundai-first LED daytime running lights — embedded in a chrome strip. The lighting strip appears as chrome when the engine is turned off, but lights up when the driver starts the car. When night falls, available LED headlamps with dynamic bending light illuminate the path ahead.

Inside, the renewed center stack and instrument panel echo the exterior’s new looks. The trend carries down to the instrument design and a strong three-spoke steering wheel. Piano key buttons for audio and HVAC controls give a premium look and touch. The instrument panel follows a winged shape inspired by stealth aircraft. Visual elements combine to create a levitating effect, while designers have worked to maximize the sense of interior space. One clever application of new technology is a shift-by-wire (SBW) gear selector, which is sleek and technologically advanced, and takes up significantly less space than a traditional gear selector.

Interior fittings include a standard seven-inch color display audio touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a Qi wireless charging pad is available to keep smartphones topped up. Sonata now adds a second-row USB charge port. At the heart of the AVN system is a Bose premium sound system equipped with 12 speakers.

“The all-new Hyundai Sonata delivers a premium experience for driver and passengers,” added Song. “We apply a range of new technologies intuitively, with an emphasis on functional convenience, adding features that we know our customers will use and value.”

The new Sonata features six standard airbags and a range of safety systems, including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense technologies.