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Loubna Tricha and Tuna Gulenc. (Image source: Daikin)

Daikin Middle East and Africa, a company known for its air conditioning, heating, ventilation, and refrigeration solutions, has signed an MoU with the Moroccan Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT) to build a skilled HVAC-R workforce in Morocco.

In its operations across Africa, Daikin prioritises sustainability by providing energy-efficient inverter R32 products and enhancing indoor air quality (IAQ).

The OFPPT, Morocco's primary public vocational training entity, focuses on improving the efficiency of industry partners by training employees to meet market demands. The training programmes are designed to align with the qualification needs and requirements of the labour market.

As Africa undergoes significant transformation, it presents immense growth opportunities for global and local businesses. Daikin has leveraged its global expertise to establish a strong presence in Africa, collaborating with local dealers, distributors, and technicians. The company has invested in the region by setting up brand shops and training centres and making its latest innovations accessible. Through its partnership with OFPPT, Daikin aims to develop top-tier talent for Morocco's HVAC-R industry.

Creating new opportunities

Daikin and OFPPT will work together to enhance Morocco's "Refrigeration and Thermal Engineering (FGT)" programme by creating advanced training courses, updating curricula, and developing exchange programmes. Additionally, young graduates will be offered internship opportunities within Daikin's network of partners.

Tuna Gulenc, vice president at Daikin Middle East and Africa, said, “For Daikin, innovation is a part of our DNA and local citizenship is how we operate. After successfully establishing training centres with the right partners in Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, we now wish to share our expertise in Morocco.

“Partnering with institutions like OFPPT is not just our go-to-market strategy to advance the HVAC-R after-sales service, but with their solid network and our shared vision, we will penetrate the Moroccan HVAC-R industry to promote sustainable cooling practices that can only be met by educating the local market and its users. With this partnership, we aim to build a new generation of highly skilled workforce for the HVAC-R industry and mark our significant contribution to the socio-economic development of Morocco.”

Loubna Tricha, general director of the OFPPT, said, “Today, we have entered into a partnership with Daikin, a global leader in refrigeration and air conditioning, to develop professional training in these fields both in Morocco and Africa. This partnership will allow us to expand our training offerings through the introduction of new courses targeting emerging professions in the sector.

“It will also strengthen our collaboration in engineering to design advanced training programmes that incorporate the latest technological innovations and professional practices. The partnership between the OFPPT and Daikin will also provide us with the opportunity to enhance our teaching staff in newly identified disciplines and associated technologies through dedicated technical training sessions and immersive internships.”

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The facility aims to catapult the manufacturing capability of the region. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

L&T Valves, which supplies on-off valves to Saudi Arabia, has opened a new facility as part of the 'Made-in-KSA' flow-control solutions tailored for the energy and allied sectors.

This development aligns with Saudi Vision 2030 and the iktva initiative, promoting local value-chain creation and supporting skill development programmes.

The new facility, L&T Valves Arabia Manufacturing, is strategically located in Al Jubail, off the Dammam-Abu Hadriyah Highway, enhancing its accessibility and operational efficiency in the kingdom. This initiative underscores L&T Valves' commitment to contributing to the local economy and fostering technological advancement within Saudi Arabia.

The facility features key systems and processes certified to meet ISO 9001 (Quality Management Systems), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems), and ISO 45001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems) standards. Additionally, it is authorised to use the API 600, 593, and 6D monograms from the American Petroleum Institute, reflecting its commitment to high standards in valve manufacturing.

The inauguration was led by Anil V Parab, whole-time director and senior executive vice president – Heavy Engineering and L&T Valves, with Ahmed Al Zahrani, director for Industrial Development & Strategic Supply at Aramco, and other senior personnel from Aramco, L&T, and key end-users and EPC companies in attendance.

Speaking at the opening, Parab said, "The new facility will significantly enhance our local production capabilities in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. It will further strengthen the collaboration between L&T and Saudi Arabia."

The facility aims to catapult the manufacturing capability of the region, providing a unique opportunity to progressively address the growing requirements in the Middle East and Africa, he added.

Sary Diab, COO of Immensa. (Image source: Immensa)

Immensa, which is a digital manufacturer, is partnering with Intaj Suhar for Advanced Manufacturing (ISAM) in Oman to boost in-country manufacturing

In accordance with Immensa’s business model, which focuses on constructing digital warehouses catering to the energy sector to facilitate on-demand spare parts, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will initiate collaboration to localise the manufacturing process in Oman. Immensa's expertise in digital inventory solutions and additive manufacturing, combined with ISAM’s local capabilities, will offer a comprehensive solution for Omani companies to procure locally manufactured parts.

Immensa operates within the global energy spare parts market, valued at US$91bn, with the Middle East accounting for 35% of this sector. It stands as the sole company to possess full control over the digital supply chain. Immensa collaborates closely with end users, disrupting the sector by offering digital warehouse solutions and establishing more agile supply chains. This is crucial as traditional structures often struggle to meet customer demands promptly and cost-effectively.

Growth in Oman

A digitised spare parts supply chain offers numerous tangible benefits for energy companies. These include financial advantages like cash release and reduced inventory ownership costs, as well as operational benefits such as localised production. Furthermore, it brings environmental benefits by minimising wastage and lowering the carbon footprint. Annually, energy companies collectively face unnecessary losses estimated at US$30bn.

For Immensa, Oman represents a significant milestone in its organic growth plans. The strategic partnership with ISAM will further accelerate the Company’s expanding regional presence.

Sary Diab, COO of Immensa, said, “We are delighted to sign this MOU with an esteemed manufacturer such as ISAM and extend our solution in Oman. It is an attractive market for Immensa and in line with our organic regional growth strategy. We also look forward to strengthening Oman's manufacturing sector and accelerating its adoption of cutting-edge technologies – in line with the country’s Manufacturing for Wellbeing and In Country Value strategies. We are committed to bettering the energy supply chain, benefitting local businesses operating in the wider sector, and boosting the Omani economy.”

Majid Al Hinai, General Manager of Intaj Suhar, said, “ISAM is excited to enter this collaboration with Immensa, which will greatly enrich ISAM's additive manufacturing capabilities AM. The partnership with Immensa, an esteemed AM manufacturer, aligns perfectly with ISAM's growth strategy and presents a tremendous opportunity to expand our solutions in the attractive market of Oman.

“This collaboration also aligns with ISAM's commitment to strengthen Oman's manufacturing sector and contribute to the country's Manufacturing and In Country Value strategies. By accelerating the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, we aim to enhance the energy supply chain by AM technology adoption and contribute to the growth of the Omani economy.

“This partnership will drive innovation, foster growth, and make significant contributions to the manufacturing industry in Oman and beyond, positively impacting local and regional economies.”

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