Thursday, May 5, 2011

Danube opens new AED 40 million warehousing facility in Jafza South

Danube opens new AED 40 million warehousing facility in Jafza South

New 550,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse to complement company’s strategic initiatives to meet Middle East region’s increased demand for building materials

May 05, 2011

Danube Building Materials, a leader in construction, building materials and shop fitting industries, has announced today (05 May 2011) the opening of its new AED 40 million, state-of-the-art warehouse in Jafza South. The new warehousing facility, which stretches out to 550,000 square feet, is part of the leading company’s continuing efforts to meet the Middle East region’s increase in business. The inauguration ceremony of the new warehouse was led by Ibrahim Mohammed Al Janahi, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial Officer, Jafza, who was also joined by Rizwan Sajan, Chairman, Danube Building Materials; Anis Sajan, Managing Director, Danube Building Materials; Adel Sajan, Director, Danube Building Materials; and Thamimul Hussain, Group General Manager, Danube Building Materials. Jafza Senior Officials and representatives from key partner companies of Danube were also present at the event.

Ibrahim Al Janahi on the occasion said: “We commend Danube for tapping into local opportunities in the building materials industry and for its ambitious development and growth over the years. The home-grown UAE company has made strategic investments in Jafza that have helped it expand its market share nation-wide and region-wide. The company’s consistent growth in the retail space is a testimony of its robustness and strength, and we are delighted to have played a role in enabling Danube’s growth. Jafza has a long-standing relationship with the company that dates back to over a decade and we look forward to facilitating the company’s business and helping it achieve its future ambitions.”

The new facility is just one of the recent expansion initiatives that Danube has implemented to help keep up with the region’s increased demand for world class, high quality building materials. Expansion has also gone beyond the region with the opening of key retail facilities in India, which is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. The warehouse also has 10 loading / unloading bays with hydraulic dock levelers. Danube has incorporated a sophisticated and integrated Warehouse Management System (WMS), which deploys wireless hand-held scanners and the latest technology to support Intelligent Operations, used for real time update of data and inventory management.

“The opening of the new warehouse facility signals a good time to invest in strategic expansion efforts as costs are lowered as a result of the downturn. We acknowledge the constant support that we have received from Jafza and the UAE government, who have become strategic partners in our move towards driving in growth and development,” said Rizwan Sajan. “Danube remains committed in its efforts to expand through 2012, targeting the opening of 15 more branches. With our plans to create stronger market presence in Qatar, India, and KSA, the new warehouse in Jafza will act as a key back up facility to house and store all our products.”

Danube has also revealed its investment in a new manufacturing facility worth over AED 50 million and is spread out across 1.3 million square feet in Dubai TechnoPark. The company carries the Quality Management Standard ISO 9001:2000 & EHS certification that assures customers of better access and faster turnaround of cargo due to the existence of its own trailer fleet. Products are delivered on time with improved accuracy from the use of the latest bar coding & RFID systems. The WMS utilized by Danube for its delivery operations offers full integrity of data while the presence of key wireless solutions in Danube’s various storage facilities ensures more efficiency and produces effective results like less cargo handling hassles and the availability of more flexible warehousing solutions.

“The region's increased demand for business has allowed Danube's operations to grow rapidly; equally spreading out across our 26 key locations and with the vision of setting up 15 more in the pipeline. This buzz in activity has generated a need for a large warehousing facility that can not only store and stock up on key building materials, but also ease up the pressure on our other warehouses in the country. The new warehouse in Jebel Ali maintains a strategic location that is central to the entire region. Aside from its proximity to major cities in the region, the easy procedures and wide cooperation that we have received from the Jebel Ali Customs and Government offices have resulted in the smooth entry and exit of Danube products,” concluded Anis Sajan.

About Danube Building Materials FZCO
Established in 1993, Danube Building Materials FZCO provides more than 15,000 products in stock and in-house value added services in all of its 14 showrooms across the UAE. The company operates from its head offices – a 285,000 square foot facility in Jafza north and a 365,000 square feet base in Jafza south, which houses its logistics centre, kiln drying facility, factory and warehouses. From a small trading firm, Danube has grown into one of the largest building materials company in the region, with 18 branches worldwide - 13 in the UAE, 2 in Oman, 1 each in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and India, in addition to procurement offices in China and Canada. Danube has a team of 1000 people working from strategic locations in across the Emirates, including Jebel Ali, Deira and Abu Dhabi. The company has been and is currently involved in major projects across the UAE, Oman and Bahrain, including Emirates Hills, the Burj Al Arab, Shangri-La Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Motor City, Burj Dubai, Dubai Airport Terminal 3, Yas Island, Reem Island, Saadiyat Island, and Al Raha Beach Hotel, among others.

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