Shaker Group, LG launch new manufacturing facility

The new production facility, located in Riyadh, will manufacture high performance multi-fan air handling units (AHU).
Updated 07 January 2019
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Shaker Group, LG launch new manufacturing facility

Shaker Group, the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of LG air conditioners in Saudi Arabia, has expanded its production capacity in partnership with LG. The new production facility, located in Riyadh, will manufacture high-performance multi-fan air handling units (AHU). The total AHU market size in Saudi Arabia is estimated at SR600 million ($160 million). 

The new facility represents an important milestone for Shaker Group and LG’s long-term strategic partnership. The facility will improve delivery time by leveraging Saudi production and will support Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, in its aim to enhance local manufacturing and industrial self-sufficiency. The factory will allow Shaker Group to supply customers in the Kingdom with specialized AC solutions, ensuring better quality control and wider specification coverage in the market. 

Azzam Saud Almudaiheem, chief executive of Shaker Group, said: “As we seek to exploit new opportunities for growth in the market, this initiative will be of critical importance. The new production facility will support the growth of our business as we focus our efforts on developing the AHU category, thereby widening customer access to LG air conditioning products. This facility further cements our long-term relationship with LG, as we continue to improve the quality of life of our customers by delivering industry-leading and efficient technology. By expanding and diversifying the Kingdom’s manufacturing capacity, the project is also in direct support of the ambitions set out by Vision 2030.”

As Saudi Arabia seeks to improve the energy efficiency of public and private sector buildings, the new manufacturing facility will supply customer and project segments of varying types, including education, residential, industrial, health care and retail. 

Eddie Jun, chief executive of LG-Shaker JV, said: “Expanding our production capability in Saudi Arabia allows us to better serve our Middle East customers and strengthen our position as the leading AHU solution provider. LG AHU achieves world-class energy efficiency due to an LG 3D plug fan that incorporates a contoured steel blade to minimize airflow resistance. This impressive technology guarantees optimal performance while demonstrating our R&D capabilities and leadership. LG will continue to cement its status as a formidable player in the Middle East energy solutions market, and we are delighted to continue to work alongside Shaker Group to realize that ambition.”


Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

Updated 18 June 2019
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Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

The Ascott Limited is developing its training program across the group’s properties in Jeddah, whereby high-achieving Saudi nationals are trained in the array of skills needed to succeed in top managerial positions within the Kingdom’s burgeoning hospitality sector. 

To be eligible to join Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program, Saudi graduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree with honors and be willing to learn and develop their career within an international group. The program comprises theory and practical training across all departments and is followed by overseas training in one of Ascott’s properties.

“We’re in the midst of an exciting period of growth in Saudi Arabia,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India. “The Kingdom’s tourism industry is growing at an exponential rate and is creating many new jobs within the hospitality sector. We launched Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program in line with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to promote, nurture and develop this valuable homegrown pool of young talent and offer successful individuals a dynamic career path within the Ascott group.

“In just a short amount of time the program has made a significant impact. Our turnover ratio of Saudi colleagues has fallen from 58 percent in 2016 to less than 15 percent to date in 2019; staff loyalty has been positively affected and guest satisfaction levels have increased. What’s more, Ascott Sari Jeddah was recently named as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 for the second consecutive year in the annual World Travel Awards.

“We are also proud to announce that one of our current trainees who will shortly take on the running of a property, is female. A key element of Saudi Vision 2030 is job diversification and women’s access to the employment market, and at Ascott we are committed to playing an active role in making this a reality,” added Miccolis.

From on-the-job training in housekeeping, handling reservations, checking-in and checking-out procedures and managing VIP guests, Ascott’s graduates must master the day-to-day facets of how to run an international-standard serviced residence, in addition to behind-the-scenes essentials such as HR, sales and marketing, finance and procurement. 

While the Saudi Graduate Program is currently available only within Ascott’s Jeddah cluster of properties, plans are in the pipeline to roll out the scheme to all of the group’s residences in the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Alkhobar and Abha.

Ascott’s Jeddah properties include Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.