Monser was joined by Emerson colleagues William Garden, general manager KSA; Tim Volk, vice president of employee relations; Bill Kofahl, vice president of human resources, India, Middle East and Africa; Karel Mikan, corporate strategic planner; Addulrhman Alsanie, human resources manager, Saudi and Bahrain; and Paul Smith, corporate vice president, Middle East and Africa. Other dignitaries in attendance included Dr. Halimm Hamid Redhwi, Professor, Chemical Engineering Department, KFUPM and Vice President of the Dhahran Techno-Valley Company (DTVC), and Dr. Eulian Roberts, CEO of the Dhahran Techno-Valley Company (DTVC).The Centre will provide front-line services and support to the petroleum and minerals market sector in Saudi Arabia, as Emerson customers will have the opportunity to engage with the University to facilitate the development and provision of customer centric technology-led projects and product solutions. Emerson is interviewing and selecting task-force members who will undertake a six-month design phase before breaking ground at the site in May 2013. Construction is expected to be completed in 2014. Approximately 50 to 60 percent of the building space will be used for technology development, technical solutions, testing and laboratory personnel. The rest of the facility will house administration, project management, training and support personnel. It is estimated that personnel actively involved in research, technology development and technical solutions will eventually comprise up to 150 personnel representing 60 to 70 percent of the total personnel in the facility. Emerson sees significant growth potential in the Middle East and Africa, especially for the Emerson Network Power, Emerson Process Management, and Emerson Climate Technologies businesses. In fiscal 2011, Emerson’s total sales in the Middle East and Africa were US$1.2 billion, representing significant continuing growth year on year from fiscal 2010 to fiscal 2011. Within the region, Saudi Arabia is a market where Emerson is seeing particularly strong growth and Emerson is dedicated to increasing its presence and developing innovative market-centric solutions to meet its customers’ needs.
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