Strictly Business: Aujan

Arab News
Publication Date: 
Sun, 2007-09-16 03:00

Over the past four years, Aujan Industries has placed great emphasis on Saudization, offering Saudi nationals the possibility of a better life and an opportunity to pursue careers. The initiative has been set in place under the direction of Adel Aujan, chairman of Aujan Industries, who is a firm believer in giving opportunities to nationals and investing in Saudi Arabia. Aujan said: “We believe it is essential to work in ways that will benefit the future of the Kingdom, and that future lies predominately with our youth. We will continue to promote Saudization and the general well-being of Saudi society. An example of Aujan’s commitment to Saudi nationals has been the recent discovery and rehabilitation of a young Saudi man. Homeless and unemployed, the young man had been sleeping rough on Alkhobar Corniche. He had not seen his children for close to two years. As soon as Aujan came to hear about this, the young man was offered a job at ASDI, Aujan soft drinks factory in Dammam, as a machine operator and forklift driver. The young man was also provided accommodation in the staff quarters. Aujan has expressed commitment to helping Saudi nationals in the future, in finding jobs, homes and self-esteem.


At the Middle East Batteries Company (MEBCO) in Dammam, winners of ACDelco’s spring promotion for wholesalers received 12 new Chevrolets as their prizes. The promotion, launched in April, was the first of its kind to target the wholesalers’ segment. Car keys were handed to the winners by MEBCO General Manager Talal Al-Zamil and Adib Takieddine, area after sales manager, MEBCO. Hassan Al-Yafiee Establishment and Salim Ali Al-Moosa Establishment, both winners, reaped the results of their hard work, with record sales of over 20,000 units of ACDelco’s batteries each and drove away with new 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazers. The second tier of winners received three new Chevrolet Optras, and seven Chevrolet Aveos where presented to the third tier of winners. Al-Zamil said: “We are very proud of the excitement that the spring promotion generated.”


BPG Group, a major integrated marketing communications group of companies in the Middle East, has created a unique proprietary work tool aimed at further enhancing the scope and quality of the integrated services that it offers to clients across the region. The new toolkit AdvantEdge 360 was unveiled at BPG’s annual workshop that also turned the spotlight on the group’s new corporate identity and its envisioned future of becoming a respected and trusted knowledge partner for its clients. 220 employees from 29 different nationalities based in the UAE and elsewhere in the Middle East attended the three-day offsite workshop, including teams from AdInc, Oman and The Big Idea, Dubai. The workshop, which was held at the scenic Rotana Beach Resort and Spa, Fujairah, featured presentations by a number of international communications experts including those from within WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups. Avi Bhojani, BPG’s Group chief executive officer, said: “Talent is the cornerstone of our business. Investing in human resources is a core focus of BPG. The annual offsite workshop brings together the exceptional energy and talent of our staff from diverse cultures and gives them an opportunity to showcase their skills set in a fun ambience.”


The Mohammad Al-Mojil Group (MMG) said it has achieved revenues of SR882.4 million for the six-month period ending June 30, 2007, achieving a growth rate of 206 percent as compared to the same period during the previous year. The company recorded an operating profit of SR286.5 million ($76.4 million) during the first six months of the year 2007, reaching a growth rate of 336 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Adel Al-Mojil, vice chairman of MMG, said: “The good results of the company were due to its continued efforts to develop its projects and strengthen its position as a contractor specialized in industrial construction in the areas of oil, gas, petrochemicals, energy, and water desalination. MMG, whose capital is one billion Saudi riyals, is capable of putting the expertise and experience it had gained in the past five decades since its establishment in the service of the industrial advancement and economic progress that the Kingdom is presently witnessing. MMG has succeeded in building for itself a sound reputation based on the principles of safety, security, trust, and timely completion of its projects.” Fahad Al-Raqtan, MD, MMG, said: “The progress in our operational results is simultaneous with the development of the subsidiary activities of MMG.”

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