IMI Saudi Industry LLC, a subsidiary of IMI Critical Engineering, has unveiled a new 5,000m2 facility in Dammam to supply innovative valve solutions and bolster national manufacturing capabilities in line with Saudi government localisation plans for key products.

The new facility was officially opened on 8th November by IMI Critical Engineering’s Divisional Managing Director, Jackie Hu and Middle East, Africa & India’s Regional President, Tarak Chhaya. Officials from IMI’s customer base in Saudi Arabia, spanning integrated oil and gas majors to seawater desalination firms, were also in attendance.

IMI Saudi Industry opening ceremony

(From Left to right) Ahmed Alsehimi, General Manager – IMI Saudi Industry, Tarak Chhaya, Regional President for Middle East, Africa & India – IMI Critical Engineering, Jackie Hu, Divisional Managing Director – IMI Critical Engineering with local customer representatives at the opening ceremony

Following its acquisition in August 2020, the factory has since implemented IMI Critical Engineering’s global standards for design, quality, manufacturing, and safety and is now certified for ISO 9001:2015, API 6A, API 6D and API 609. The 5,000m2 site will manufacture butterfly valves and ball valves of various sizes and pressure ratings suitable for oil and gas, petrochemical, power, water, and hydrogen markets. By 2023, the factory will also manufacture choke and control valves, while aiming to increase its team of employees significantly over the next five years.

“The opening of this new factory demonstrates our commitment to Saudi Arabia and further highlights our status as a key provider of engineering expertise, ensuring our Saudi Arabian customers can access valve assembly, testing, and other vital support services locally,” says Mr. Hu. “We have long been a specialist in the design and manufacture of bespoke valves for critical applications and we are using this expertise to help Saudi Arabia enhance their operational efficiencies.”

The factory will provide accessibility to globally leading valve and actuating systems in line with the Saudi Vision 2030 strategic framework to enhance efficiencies across the region’s oil and gas, power, and petrochemical industries. All valves manufactured are in line with the IKTVA (In Kingdom Total Value Add) program, which urges its suppliers to achieve 70% localisation, stimulating regional growth and invigorating firms throughout its supply chain. Moreover, the facility’s use of electrical equipment to assemble key products and provide valve repairs and upgrades ensures its manufacturing processes produce minimal carbon emissions.

“Access to highly engineered flow control solutions is key to helping organisations realise opportunities to more efficiently produce the energy, resources and materials that underpin our lives.” Mr. Hu concludes. “To support the large-scale adoption of industry-leading flow control solutions, it is vital that industry around the world has access to reliable suppliers and facilities across every region working to global leading standards.”

“Expanding IMI Critical Engineering’s geographic reach is a major focus both now and into the future, as we seek to provide industry with highly engineered solutions to help industrial facilities operate safely, cleanly, reliably, and efficiently. We’re thrilled to have opened our new Saudi Arabian factory and are confident it will successfully bolster manufacturing capabilities across the region.”

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