Saudi Review

Emerson starts work on major manufacturing hub at Spark

Officials at the groundbreaking ceremony

Emerson, a global technology, software and engineering powerhouse, has broken ground to build a state-of-the-art innovation and manufacturing hub at the King Salman Energy Park (Spark) in Saudi Arabia, further expanding its local capabilities.

The facility will be one of the largest investments in the Middle East and Africa region for the company.

The facility, which is slated to open by December 2024, will provide industrial customers in the region with services for control systems engineering, staging and testing, manufacturing of differential pressure (DP) transmitters and control valves, pressure relief valve assembly and solenoid valve assembly.

The project demonstrates Emerson’s continued commitment to its customers and stakeholders in Saudi Arabia as the company prepares for rapid local manufacturing expansion in the region. The new facility will be developed in accordance with the environmental sustainability principles to support the company’s net zero emission goals, while also adhering to Spark’s environmental sustainability standards, said a statement.

Emerson’s construction of an innovation and manufacturing hub at Spark aligns with Saudi Arabia’s ‘Saudi Vision 2030,’ a strategic framework to promote local content and improve localisation.

The Saudi government’s initiatives are designed to reduce the country’s reliance on imports, while supporting the development of domestic capabilities in a range of sectors, including manufacturing, technology and services.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Lal Karsanbhai, CEO of Emerson; Vidya Ramnath, President of Emerson Middle East and Africa; and Nabil Chaachou, VP Strategy & Business Development of Spark. Other members of the company’s leadership team and local VIP customers were also in attendance.

“Our state-of-the-art innovation and manufacturing facility at King Salman Energy Park propels our expansion strategies in the Middle East and Africa region,” said Karsanbhai. “This investment represents a significant milestone in our mission to provide quality and reliable services for our customers in Saudi Arabia.”

Emerson is pursuing value chain localisation as part of the ‘Made in KSA’ initiative and has targeted supply chain localisation opportunities across its various products. As a result, the company is set to collaborate with local suppliers through extensive qualification processes, knowledge transfer, prototyping, and testing to ensure sustainability and self-sufficiency of its facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“We are delighted to be officially launching construction of our new, advanced innovation and manufacturing hub in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said Ramnath. “The new facility is positioned to offer our range of services to customers, while also supporting the company’s net zero emission targets.”

Chaachou said: “We are pleased with Emerson’s investment in Spark and their trust in our ecosystem’s unique value proposition. Our partnership with Emerson is another step in our commitment to championing the localisation of the value creation through dedicated industrial development that contributes to the local GDP, generates job opportunities, and supports socio-economic advancement in the kingdom. With a city that was master planned to seamlessly intertwine industrial areas with vibrant residential, educational, and commercial areas, we look forward to being the preeminent integrated global energy and industrial hub in the region and beyond.”