August 9, 2022

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Fibrex Development Group: A Identify Synonymous with Unparalleled Excellence

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For any firm, the basis of its success lies in its confirmed experience and dedication to ship cutting-edge, future-ready choices, and by no means compromising on high quality. These points are what provides any firm a vanguard over its competitors, regardless of how cutthroat the market is.

For Fibrex Development Group, these points have at all times been on the core of its operations based mostly inside the United Arab Emirates. With a global presence throughout Egypt and Lebanon and finishing up initiatives all through the GCC and in numerous places together with Oman and Saudi Arabia, the corporate is presently positioned as one of many main turnkey building teams within the area dealing with numerous initiatives.

Within the following interview, Sufyan Saleh, the Managing Director and Co-Proprietor and Connor Maxwell, the Industrial Director share helpful insights into the corporate’s profitable operations, the challenges it got here throughout, and its imaginative and prescient for the long run.

Please transient our viewers about Fibrex Development Group, its distinct companies, and the way it’s presently positioned because the main participant within the Center Japanese building area.

Mr. Saleh: Fibrex Development Group, a number one participant within the UAE building market, was based within the United Arab Emirates in 1972 and has since expanded to cater for the rising building market within the area. We’re headquartered in Abu Dhabi and have diversified with workplaces in Egypt and Lebanon.

Fibrex have a portfolio of multi-billion UAE Dirhams initiatives encompassing an enormous array for undertaking classes from retail/purchasing malls, motels and hospitality, recreation, schooling (college and colleges), Airports, Hospitals, industrial and main residential schemes (excessive rise condo towers and villas developments) together with all associated undertaking infrastructure and neighborhood amenities.

Fibrex Development Group incorporates a particular grade contracting firm, world famend composites manufacturing division, Electromechanical division, Pre-cast manufacturing, constructing materials manufacturing, Aluminum fabrication, fit-out division, ready-mix concrete firm, waterproofing and water options division.

The variety of the Fibrex group supplies an built-in platform for working inside the building business as each a Development Important Contractor delivering turnkey initiatives concurrently with the producer and provider of specialist constructing supplies and merchandise.

The evolution and progress of the Fibrex group has enabled it to grow to be a novel mannequin as a complete resolution contractor for purchasers inside the building business. The Fibrex Group immediately has greater than 10,000 staff in its a number of workplaces and manufacturing amenities.

Fibrex has a large geographical attain and now we have undertaken initiatives within the MENA area together with places resembling UAE, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Oman.

Inform us extra about companies that Fibrex provide, and the way are these impacting the business and yourclients?

Mr. Saleh: Fibrex provide an enormous array of companies from mega initiatives by way of to specialist package deal works by way of its world-renowned specialist composites division, which has labored on a number of the most prestigious initiatives within the UAE and MENA area.

With Fibrex’s specialist in-house divisions, and substantial workforce of designers, now we have intensive expertise in all sides of building. The variety of the Fibrex group supplies an built-in platform for working inside the building business as each a Development Important Contractor delivering turnkey initiatives and as a specialist provide and set up enterprise centered on key constructing supplies and merchandise.

A transparent and evident testimony to Fibrex’s good relations with our shopper base is the constant recurrence of repeat undertaking awards with our key purchasers, whether or not they be Authorities or semi-government entities, public inventory builders or personal property builders. Fibrex constantly wins repeat undertaking awards from our present purchasers based mostly on how we function and the way we combine with our purchasers to make sure undertaking success.

Being an skilled chief, share your opinion on the affect of adopting applied sciences resembling AI on the development business and what extra could possibly be anticipated sooner or later?

Mr. Saleh: I’m big believer in innovation and adopting new applied sciences to advance the development sector. Certainly, Fibrex are a pioneer of adopting the very best obtainable technological developments from different areas of use and integrating them into building despite the fact that the know-how was not initially devised for such goal.

One early instance of such innovation by Fibrex was within the early 1990’s (over 25 years in the past) whereby on a really excessive profile and prestigious undertaking in Abu Dhabi, we offered technological options to enhance high quality, effectivity and ease manufacturing processes.

The consequence was changing 1000’s of creative craftsmen who would hand carve their work and changing this operation by the event and use of the preliminary idea 3D engineering, with CAD/CAM (laptop aided design and manufacturing), and multi-axis CNC machines. This allowed Fibrex to ‘engineer the artwork of historic carving craftmanship’ into fashionable know-how with out impacting upon the creative high quality of the tip product.

One other instance of Fibrex pioneering was the introduction and implementation of BIM (Constructing Data Modelling) to be used 10 years in the past on a high-profile complicated building undertaking in Abu Dhabi. This was a transfer away from old style 2D coordination into 3D modelling by Fibrex which was revolutionary to our shopper and previous to BIM being prescribed as a requirement in building initiatives in Dubai (of sure standards) in 2013 and never but mandated as a UAE federal requirement. Fibrex has repeatedly been forward of the time/market with the adoption of revolutionary know-how.

Contemplating the COVID-19 pandemic, what preliminary challenges did Fibrex face and the way did you drive the corporate to maintain operations whereas guaranteeing the security of your staff on the similar time?

Mr. Maxwell: We’ve confronted a mess of challenges. Within the early phases there was a lack of know-how on COVID-19, sourcing of supplies associated to COVID within the begin of pandemic (scarcity of masks from markets and disinfectants, availability of transportation, thermal cameras). We had considerations over individuals motion between emirates and transport to and from undertaking websites, sustaining social distance on websites and in lodging places.

Staff’ psychological well being was a priority, in addition to worries associated to workforce an infection charges, implementation of presidency authority laws and the staff’ compliance with the identical.

Additionally, there was the difficulty of value impacts attributable to materials shortages, labor shortages and delays of fabric deliveries attributable to lockdowns nationally and internationally and the corresponding affect that was having on our undertaking execution schedules and the contractual implications of the identical with our purchasers.

Actions taken by Fibrex:

  • Sourcing of supplies associated to safety in opposition to COVID-19 that embody masks and disinfections, provider for normal disinfection of camp and workplaces, thermal digicam, and disinfectant gates.
  • Present ample variety of rooms at labor lodging camp for isolation and quarantine of constructive and shut contact instances.
  • Established emergency workforce to provoke response and hint shut contacts. This was utilized at every location and worksite.
  • Lowered the numbers of staff working on the workplace and allowed for working from house and restricted international personnel from coming into/visiting our amenities.
  • Constructed sturdy relationship with native authorities for quick responses and help for reported constructive instances.
  • Sustaining social distance on the office and through transportation from and to work and camp.
  • Common coaching to staff on COVID-19 and elevating consciousness on psychological well being.
  • Supplied help and help to all reported constructive instances and shut contacts.
  • Used know-how to assist in our assembly by way of Microsoft Groups.
  • Instantly stopped all annual go away and restricted staff’ actions according to native and worldwide necessities and directions
  • Sourcing native supplies and gear as an alternative of getting overseas to keep away from delay.
  • Common PCR screening for all staff.
  • Often knowledgeable on the standing of COVID preparations and compliance.

By way of sturdy and trusted relationships with our purchasers, we labored by way of the disaster with a one workforce method on every undertaking with every shopper.

What can be your recommendation to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to enterprise into the development business?

Mr. Saleh: I might advise them to not suppose that contracting success is to outsmart your shopper, it’s precisely the other, work on constructing the belief and confidence of your shopper.

Additionally, don’t simply construct, innovate, and excel.

How do you envision scaling Fibrex’s operations and choices in 2022?

Mr. Saleh: Taking a look at 2022, Fibrex will search to proceed its profitable enlargement, even in the course of the building market slowdown, so to be prepared earlier than others and at all times one step forward.

About Mr. Sufyan Salleh – Experience Redefined

Mr. Sufyan Saleh is the Managing Director and co-owner of probably the most profitable contracting and industrial enterprises within the UAE. As well as, as president, he leads the Lebanese Enterprise Council of Abu Dhabi. He’s a frontrunner, an innovator, a profitable entrepreneur and a passionate contributor to the success and improvement of the Lebanese neighborhood within the UAE.

Mr. Saleh started his profession in Abu Dhabi in 1985 taking a small firm and strategically increasing it into the fashionable conglomerate identified immediately as Fibrex Development Group (http://www.fibrex.ae).

A key issue within the success and progress of Fibrex is the flexibility to obviously perceive purchasers’ wants and goals past the apparent and offering the very best options, by way of lateral pondering and ingenuity, to the challenges posed.

Mr. Saleh strongly believes in offering revolutionary options past the market norms to purchasers and is a powerful supporter of R&D, which has been a key a part of Fibrex’s success. This has enabled him to acquire a number of worldwide patents associated to modernizing particular building fields. Such patents are registered within the UAE, Lebanon, and different Arab nations.

In recognition of his achievements and improvements within the building business, Mr. Saleh has acquired quite a few awards resembling: the Sheikh Khalifa Trade Award, the World Group for Glass Strengthened Concrete (GRCA) Award and the Second Place in Ernest & Younger Entrepreneur of the 12 months Award within the UAE. He was additionally chosen as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Abu Dhabi College.

Mr. Saleh is a powerful advocate for positiveness, proactiveness, and transparency in the direction of purchasers thereby constructing purchasers’ belief and confidence. This method has additionally created his firm tradition based mostly on the identical ethos.

This tradition creates long-term relationships, which is demonstrated by Fibrex’s constant, repetitive undertaking awards/repeat enterprise with a number of the most prestigious purchasers within the UAE and the area.

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