Tetra Pak Arabia wins global award

The award ceremony was held in Kyoto, Japan.
Updated 14 May 2018

Tetra Pak Arabia wins global award

Tetra Pak Arabia’s Jeddah factory has been awarded the “Advanced Special Award for Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Achievement” by the Japanese Institute for Plant Maintenance (JIPM). 

The award recognizes the “world-class safety, security and reliability of the production and maintenance process as well as stabilization and improvement of product quality.”

The award is the latest in a long string of citations that began with the factory’s ISO 9001 Certification in 2001 and includes a number of subsequent JIPM recognitions.

Factory Director Tetra Pak Jeddah, Bulent Kozak, and WCM/TPM Manager Tetra Pak Jeddah, Abdullah Aziz, made the trip to Kyoto, Japan, to accept the award during a special ceremony. 

The ceremony was broadcasted live on Tetra Pak Jeddah’s factory floor.

“We are very happy to be recognized with this award from JIPM,” said Ziyad Al-Jadid, operational marketing director, Tetra Pak Arabia. “But our deepest pride lies in achieving the goals that prompted this honor. 

The award stems from the ongoing efforts of our highly committed personnel at our Jeddah factory and the success of the factory team in meeting the world-class manufacturing and quality standards set by JIPM.”

Tetra Pak Arabia’s Jeddah factory is the only plant in Saudi Arabia and the region to be recognized with the “Advanced Special Award for TPM Achievement,” the second-highest award in the JIPM 5-phase TPM (also known as WCM or World Class Manufacturing) trajectory. In the lead-up to receiving the Advanced Special Award, the Jeddah plant was named recipient of the JIPM Excellence Award 2008, the JIPM Consistency Award 2010 and the JIPM Special Award 2014, all prerequisites for receiving the current citation.

Located in the south of Jeddah, Tetra Pak Arabia’s carton converting factory supplies most of the carton packaging material for Saudi Arabia and exports to customers in 24 other countries in the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Dubai Crown Prince visits STC booth at GITEX 2018

Updated 20 October 2018

Dubai Crown Prince visits STC booth at GITEX 2018

Crown Prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum recently visited the Saudi Telecom Company’s (STC) booth at the GITEX Technology Week 2018 in Dubai. He was received by Senior Vice President of Enterprise Business at STC Dr. Tareq Enaya.

Sheikh Hamdan reviewed the latest telecom and IT services and solutions launched by the company. STC said its new services are in line with its role as a driver of digital transformation in Saudi Arabia as per Saudi Vision 2030. 

STC recently inaugurated its latest innovation in in-flight call technology through a live call made 30,000 feet above on board of a plane heading to Jeddah from Riyadh, with the video call being directly transmitted to the GITEX conference.

The service allows for in-flight video calls by equipping airplanes with mobile data and broadband through signals from LTE ground-based stations, which boast many features compared to older technologies that rely on satellites. This will enable airlines and other stakeholders to provide better services than currently adopted older standards at a lower cost per Mb, higher data transfer rate of up to 75 Mb/s, and a lower delay time.

Dr. Enaya said: “In-flight call technology is one of many other examples that illustrate the way STC is working with its partners and customers to provide the latest products and services and thus improve services offered to airlines and service providers.The new in-flight call service offers state-of-the-art features, including a stable connection and high-speed connectivity. This makes it indeed the next generation of transmission technology, which will open new horizons in terms of products and services.”

He further pointed out to all the areas that could benefit from this new technology, including airlines, media and entertainment, natural resource exploration, safety and security, and telecommunications. 

STC staff were on hand at GITEX to address its potential customers on the new technology. The company has said that its GITEX participation will focus on the newest technological solutions and that it will shed light on its specialized services in the fields of cloud computing, cybersecurity, Internet of Things, blockchain applications, and big data analysis.

STC is currently working with various stakeholders and partners to enrich this new technology, including Nokia for LTE phone devices, Thales for onboard equipment, EAD for supplementary technical certification, AMAC for maintenance, repairs, and operation for onboard installation, and Sky Prime, a private charter airline on whose planes the technology is being tested directly.