UNICOIL and Beckers forge technical partnership

Updated 05 April 2016
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UNICOIL and Beckers forge technical partnership

Universal Metal Coating Company Ltd. (UNICOIL) and Beckers Group, has forged a strategic and technical partnership, which includes the installation of a state-of-the-art coating blending system called BeckryMix at UNICOIL vicinity.
Among the salient features of BeckryMix is the ability to produce small volumes of paint per batch, enabling UNICOIL to offer lower minimum order quantity per color, adding flexibility, cost-effectiveness and unique services to its valued customers.
It has also the speed to produce high quality industrial paints in less than a day, allowing UNICOIL to shorten the delivery lead times of its products to less than a week.
Through this partnership, UNICOIL launched two pre-painted” products namely; Energy Saver supporting the urgent need necessitated by the increase in the energy costs of the region and Anti-bacterial, a product catering the health and sanitary needs of the region.
One of the objectives of this partnership is to bring innovative European technology of coil coatings to Middle East markets and enhanced aftersales solutions for the benefit of UNICOIL's valued customers of pre-painted galvanized steel products.
UNIICOIL is claimed to be the largest and oldest value-added steel manufacturer of pre-painted galvanized steel in the Kingdom and the rest of the GCC and the MENA region and the “only Saudi and Arab Company to receive numerous quality marks outside its home country.”
Beckers, a Swedish group headquartered in Berlin Germany was founded in 1865 in Stockholm. The company is structured into three business segments - coil coatings, industrial coatings and consumer design finishes; serving customers in over 50 countries from 21 manufacturing sites across the globe of which nine sites are in Asia.
Beckers has established two long-term development centers — one at Liverpool in the UK and the other in Malaysia, dedicated for R&D of eco-friendly and pioneering range of innovative technologies.


Almosafer Academy to hone next-gen travel advisers

Updated 21 September 2019

Almosafer Academy to hone next-gen travel advisers

Almosafer, an omni-channel travel brand in Saudi Arabia, celebrated the launch of Almosafer Academy, which offers a 10-week specialized recruitment program focused on shaping a new generation of Saudi male and female travel advisers. The inauguration ceremony was held at a state-of-the-art facility in Riyadh and was attended by senior officials from the company as well as several VIPs and stakeholders.

With the rollout of 25 new interactive stores across the Kingdom by the end of this year, Almosafer is utilizing the academy to equip passionate Saudi nationals with the skills and industry knowledge they need to succeed and grow as travel consultants within the company. Forty-eight Saudi recruits from key cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah and Makkah, will begin the program this month, with a female-to-male ratio of 56 to 44 percent.

The program will entail various familiarization trips to top destinations identified by Almosafer as well as dedicated destination training sessions delivered by tourism boards and travel specialists, including VisitBritain, Dubai Tourism, Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Azerbaijan Tourism Board, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority as well as Experience Hub — the trade and promotion arm of Yas Island Abu Dhabi.

Fahad Mohammed Al-Obailan, VP retail of Almosafer, said: “At a time when global travel brands are scaling back on a brick-and-mortar presence, it’s very exciting to have the opportunity to give the brand a physical presence that works in perfect synergy with our other channels. With 50 new retail outlets scheduled to open in key cities across the Kingdom by Q1 2020, we believe that having the option of booking travel face-to-face with a specialized travel adviser will enrich customers’ experience and help them find tailored packages to suit their every need. 

“Almosafer Academy is an integral part of our retail transformation as we are immersing Saudi talent in intensive and specialized training that will give them the knowledge and skills to help customers make the right travel decisions.”

Sofia Santos, GCC country manager at VisitBritain, said: “We are excited about our collaboration with the Almosafer Academy, and the opportunity to be part of training the next generation of Saudi travel advisers. Most Saudi travelers are familiar with London. We will use this opportunity to showcase hidden gems in London and less well-known areas beyond London, such as the Cotswolds and Lake District.” 

Abdulla Yousuf, acting director, proximity markets at Dubai Tourism, said: “We’re giving graduates from Almosafer Academy the opportunity to visit and experience Dubai’s ever-changing choice of tourist attractions, landmark hotels and world-class restaurants and shopping destinations.”

Sevinj Zeynalli, director of international market management at Azerbaijan Tourism Board, said: “Educating Almosafer’s new recruits about our country will not only help raise further awareness around it as a tourism destination but will also boost inbound tourism from Saudi Arabia to Azerbaijan.”