Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery inaugurates new facility in Jeddah

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
October 5, 2016

Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery has inaugurated a comprehensive new facility in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The state-of-the-art facility will contribute to the growth of the local economy as it complements the country’s recently announced Vision 2030. Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery is a leading provider of commercial vehicles, heavy equipment and generator sets in Saudi Arabia, and sells, rents and provides parts and services for global, industry-leading brands including Komatsu, Manitou, Foton-Loxa and Teksan Generators.

Along with other distinguished guests, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr. Norihiro Okuda, Ambassador of Japan, Mr. Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, Chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel and Mr. Tetsuji Ohashi, President and CEO of Komatsu Ltd.

Located close to the Harmain road in Jeddah’s Al Nakheel district, the facility offers a wide range of services for the industrial and heavy machinery sector. It boasts a comprehensive layout, which includes multiple workshop bays, a component rebuild workshop and a lubricant sampling laboratory which provides customers access to best-in-class services and technology in a time efficient manner. The new facility features a competence development center that aims to provide young Saudi talent the opportunity to experience and be part of a specialized work environment. The new facility also includes an ergonomically designed parts counter and parts warehouse which are aimed at enhancing workflow efficiency and providing increased flexibility

With the inauguration of the new facility, Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery continues to strengthen its network throughout Saudi Arabia. Earlier in the year, Abdul Latif Jameel announced that it has begun to implement plans to invest close to US$2 bn in the country over the next five years, with US$0.5 bn earmarked for 2016.

Mr. Hassan Jameel, Deputy President and Vice Chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Domestic, commented: “By launching this new facility, we are enhancing further our unique value proposition. This facility in Jeddah will expand our capability to deliver global-standard services quickly and more efficiently to our customers and partners. The new facility also complements our commitment to supporting the government of Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification initiatives, as outlined in the Vision 2030 plan, while creating a greater number of job opportunities and skills training for local talent.”

Mr. Tetsuji Ohashi, President and CEO of Komatsu Ltd, said: “Komatsu’s history in Saudi Arabia began in the late 1960s. We have proudly contributed to the development of the country since then. Our partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery together with this facility will reassure our customers of our continued support to Komatsu’s products and demonstrates a long-term commitment to the Saudi market.”

M. Arif Chishti, Managing Director of Abdul Latif Jameel Machinery, said: “The facility was designed to ensure optimal productivity, flexibility, and efficiency, reflecting our ‘Guest First’ commitment to consistently delivering customer-centric excellence. It is essential to leverage our local industry knowledge and expertise to demonstrate our unique capability, and adapt to new business needs rapidly. This facility is a key step towards maximizing that potential.”