Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery partners with Kanoo

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery is a provider of commercial vehicles, and industrial and heavy equipment in Saudi Arabia. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 28 November 2018

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery partners with Kanoo

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery has announced a new strategic partnership with Kanoo Machinery, a regional distributor of Perkins Engines, to provide best-in-class support for Teksan generators.

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery supplies the leading brand of Teksan generators, most of which are powered by Perkins diesel engines. With the new strategic partnership, the company will now offer warranty support along with parts to support Perkins Engines’ products.

The partnership aims to expand and deepen Teksan and Perkins’ presence and after-sales support in Saudi Arabia and meet rising public demand for safe, affordable and reliable power.

The announcement was marked at a special event at Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery in Jeddah, attended by senior officials from Perkins Engines, Kanoo Machinery and Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery.

Arif Chishti, managing director of Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, said: “A kaizen approach to consistently improve the best-in-class customer support needs of our partners and customers is central to our work at Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery. The announcement of the association of Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery with Kanoo Machinery ensures that Teksan and Perkins quality commitment is delivered to customers through Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery.”

Kanoo I&E Executive General Manager Fergus Burke said: “With a heritage that dates back more than a century, Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo is one of the largest family-owned multinationals in the Middle East and is proud through Kanoo Machinery to associate with and to appoint Abdul Lateef Jameel Machinery as an OEM Dealer (OEMD) for Perkins diesel engines in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

Graeme De Villiers, regional power manager for Kanoo Machinery, added: “To meet the demands of the new generation of technologically advanced Perkins engines entering the market, Kanoo Machinery has chosen to partner with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery as an OEMD to ensure that Teksan generators powered by Perkins receive the highest standards of warranty support across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” 

Teksan produces high-quality diesel, natural gas and biogas-driven generator sets, cogeneration, tri-generation solutions and hybrid power systems. Perkins Engines, a subsidiary of Caterpillar, is a diesel engine manufacturer for several sectors including power generation and industrial. The Teksan generators supplied by Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery are mostly powered by Perkins Engines.

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018

MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”