Kingsbury Gulf inks manufacturing deal with leading UAE engineering firm Saftech
The deal – unveiled during SteelFab 2020 – will boost the supply of state-of-the-art machinery to UAE’s transformative manufacturing sector
Dubai, 14 January 2020: Kingsbury Gulf, a leading provider of advanced European machine tooling equipment, exclusively inked a deal with Saftech Engineering Works, a leading UAE-based engineering goods, machining and fabrication services company, during the 16 edition of SteelFab 2020, the region’s premier steel and metal industry event.
A growing force in supply chain of the UAE’s rapidly-expanding manufacturing sector ; Kingsbury Gulf has been awarded a contract by Saftech to supply the UAE-based firm with a C400U 5 Axis milling machine; the latest and most advanced equipment for high performance, large-scale and high accuracy machining.
The C400U is one of a wider range of 5-axis milling machines – Computer Numerical Control machines (CNC) – produced by the German manufacturer Hermle.
“Manufacturing is a critical thread in the economic and social fabric of an economy, being a vital source of innovation and competitiveness, and a vehicle for productivity that helps to drive and sustain the wellbeing of societies,” said Richard Kingsbury, managing director of Kingsbury. “As with other spheres of businesses, the manufacturing sector is undergoing a transformational period with digital transformation as the combustion engine of the new industrial revolution.
“Kingsbury recognises the UAE to be a worldwide leader in harnessing the power of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technology and embracing a transformational approach to shaping the future of manufacturing.
“Our latest deal with Saftech – a regional heavyweight in supplying manufacturing needs – shows the commitment of the UAE and the wider Gulf in investing in manufacturing innovations to ensure it remains at the forefront of sustainable economic and social development.”
Kingsbury Gulf – launched in 2018 as the official representation of the UK company Kingsbury in the Gulf region – officially signed the deal with Saftech during SteelFab 2020, which took place at the Expo Centre Sharjah from January 13 to 16. The event brings together leaders of the steel industry locally and regionally, as well as the world’s leading manufacturers and those specialised in the steel industry.
“As 3D metal printing – also known as ‘additive manufacturing’ – emerges from prototyping to assume a role in mass manufacturing and production, the industry must evolve and adapt,” says Neil Harrington, regional director & general manager. “Additive manufacturing and highly automated and flexible factories challenge the global supply chains and open the door for localised and efficient production that can create prosperity for worldwide economies.”
“I4.0, characterised by digitisation, continues to attract significant investments from the UAE and is rewriting the rules of traditional manufacturing. We have firmly set our roots in the region; which we see has significant potential. We look forward to continuing our growing presence in the Emirates and the wider Gulf as it progresses towards revolutionising the manufacturing sector” added Neil further boosting Kingsbury’s role as a thought leader within the region.
“As one of the leading engineering goods, machining and fabrication services provider in the UAE, we are continuously looking to evolve and adapt ways in shaping factories of the future” says Shoukhat Safdari, managing director of Saftech.
“As we progress, adding cutting-edge manufacturing solutions is a must. With a sophisticated and comprehensive portfolio of high-end machines, we see Kingsbury as a strategic partner. Their expertise and excellent market insights, and presence of a maintenance and servicing team made it easy for us to make a decision about our supplier.” added Mr. Safdari.
According to data from the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the UAE’s non-oil GDP grew 2.5 per cent to Dh122 billion ($33.2 billion) in 2018 from Dh119.7 billion ($32.5 billion) in 2017.
Launched in 2018 with a portfolio of state-of-the-art German and French machinery and with 60 years of UK expertise, Kingsbury Gulf has since expanded its reach to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman from its base in Dubai.
The suppliers’ extensive portfolio includes leading industry manufacturers such as Burkhardt + Weber, Waldrich Coburg, Haas, Index Traub, SHW Werkzeugmaschinen, Hermle, Zimmerman, and AddUp, a leading manufacturer of additive 3D printing machine tools.
Hailed as the region’s premier steel and metal industry event, the 16th SteelFab trade show will cater to the needs of exhibitors who want to leverage the increasing demand from the primary sectors of this industry in the country and the region, to unveil their latest technologies and products.