Xylem expands MENA rental operations
By Helen Wright13 October 2016
Pump manufacturer Xylem has announced the opening of a new pump rental and service business in Dubai, UAE.
The company said the new operation was part of its Middle East and North Africa (MENA) expansion plan. It said the Dubai office would serve growing demand from the construction and infrastructure sectors, as well as municipal customers, across the region.
The news followed the company’s announcement in January this year of a US$35 million (€32 million) investment to expand its operations in the region.
It said the investment, which will continue until 2018, will enable the localisation of products as well as building local capabilities, including a pump manufacturing facility, a pump rental and services operation, and offices in the UAE, Oman and Qatar.
Located in Jebel Ali, Dubai, Xylem added that its new pump rental and service hub would serve customer needs for temporary and long-term rental solutions, and provide access to its Flygt and Godwin brands.
“The MENA region is evolving at a rapid rate, with thousands of construction and infrastructure projects currently underway,” said Graeme Saunders, director of the dewatering business for Xylem MENA.
“Our new local pump rental and service hub puts us in a very strong position to better serve our customers. Our local team is uniquely qualified with in-depth pump application knowledge that will enable us to provide our customers with customized solutions.”
David Flinton, senior vice president and president of Xylem's dewatering business, added, “This new hub is part of a larger, significant investment we are making in the MENA region as we work to solve our customers critical water challenges.
“Investment in the new hub also supports our global strategy to help build resilient communities by offering products and services to prepare for, respond to, and recover from extreme weather events including flooding and drought.”